Bontrager Race X Lite Blade Handlebars

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00

Product Description

  • High Compression Molded (HCM) carbon fiber
  • Super sharp full-color graphics
  • Laser-etched brake lever position lines
  • 31.8mm clamp area

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tuffguy1500 a Commuter

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2010

Strengths:    very comfortable ergonomicaly, lightweight, less vibration than the previous alloy bar.

Weaknesses:    Cost- they retail for $300, and I dont think I would be as satisfied had I paid that much. I did get a good deal on ebay since they were a take off.

Bottom Line:   
Decided to buy these for my commuter bike at first, since I hated the bar it came with. Ended up putting it on my non-commuter, group ride, event ride bike. They replaced the stock Bongtrager bar on my Trek 1500. After knocking down some miles, I can say Im very happy with these. They seemed to knock out some vibe issues I was getting in my right hand, and gave my hands a very ergo grip on the tops. the spacing between the ergo shape and the stem is perfect for my computer and a minewt light for those days when I need to see where Im going. They did flex a slight bit during steep out of saddle climbs. The drops were extremely comfortable, so much so that I actually enjoy being in the drops now.

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Price Paid:    $127.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   kona road bar, bontrager race alloy bar

Bike Setup:   Trek 1500, Bontrager RXL GXP Cranks, Bontrager RXL handlebar, Spinergy Stealth PBO wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Zachariah a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2009

Strengths:    Light, incredible control, fairly stiff, total comfort, perfect 83mm reach and compact, egg-shaped 135mm drop/bend is all the rage of 2010 bikes today.

Weaknesses:    Overdone graphics, high MSRP. Find a Madone owner parting his bike out and get these MUCH cheaper.

Bottom Line:   
These 223g bars are the most comfortable and functionally "correct" ones I have tried...yet(and I tried them ALL!)

I came from huge, heavy, aluminum bars with a 150mm drop that just never felt right. No only did I lighten up my cockpit by 120g- the comfort factor of the flat, ergo blade tops is simply surreal.

Don't bother with the costlier Race XXX Lite bars, because they feel identical to these...except the cost.

I realize that combining any Bontrager/Specialized/Trek parts on a Cannondale is a cycling style Faux paux...but I dont care, they just work!

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Favorite Ride:   State Hwy 74

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Control Tech Carbon Comp - heavier
3T Egronova Pro - too shallow drop, cost
FSA K-Force Carbon - good bar, on par
Ritchey WCS Carbon - cost and too many imitations

Bike Setup:   2009 Cannondale CAAD 9.7 - Full Ultegra, Mavic Ksyrium Elite, Continental GP4000s, Dura Ace 11/21 cassette/chain...16.7lbs of road rocketry.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jerm182 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2009

Strengths:    Very comfortable flat bar tops. Short and shallow - the way I like them.

Weaknesses:    Not as stiff as similar bars.

Bottom Line:   
Bought on sale at Trek San Diego (half price!).

These bars are reasonably light, and the flat tops are very comfortable. They aren't super stiff, but I kind of like a little flex in my bars.

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Favorite Ride:   Any road less than 6% (not much of a climber)

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Trek San Diego

Similar Products Used:   3T Ergosum
FSA Aluminum
Salsa Poco

Bike Setup:   Cervelo Soloist Team
Fi'zi:k Arione
Ultegra/Open Pro wheels
Full Ultegra
Bontrager Gel bar tape

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