The latter was the case with one of our crewers’ personal,
29er, cross-country bikes. The bike was spec’ed with awesome components, except for the bars, which looked like
they had been yanked off a Razor scooter. We’re talking
narrow. Hipster, fixed-gear-rider narrow.
Enter Race Face. The Turbine Flat Wide handlebar measures a respectable 27.5 inches wide. With the wider bar, we
gained a new level of control and more leverage when yanking hard on the bars during out-of-the-saddle attacks. The
0-degree rise is essential for maintaining an aggressive position, especially considering the 29er’s taller front end. The 8-degree backsweep felt comfortable.
Stems are the unsung heroes of cockpit setup, and their
importance is often overlooked. The Turbine stem, however,
is a truly beautifully piece and, in conjunction with the bars,
makes for a very stiff cockpit. We never experienced any
twisting sensation when wrenching on the 27.5-inch bars
out of the saddle. The cockpit helped us feel directly connected to the bike, which is just what we want out of a bar/