Answer Pro Taper Handlebar

4.64/5 (44 Reviews)
MSRP : $70.00


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Product Description

Answer Pro Taper Aluminum Riser Bar 31.8mm: Proprietary 7075 aluminum alloy: patented drawn/tapered wall design. Shot-peened and anodized with laser-etched graphics.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BokorSolo a Weekend Warrior from Prince William, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2009

Strengths:    Super light handlebar. wide enough for everything and narrow enough for tricky stuff. very ergonomic in terms of bend zones. Comes in a sweet gold color.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome XC handlebar. Would recommend this to anybody looking to shave some weight off their bike and want a cool looking bar too. This is by far one of the most comfortable bars I have ever used on my bikes. Second only to the Titec. Would definitely buy it again if I had another hard tail that was in need of an upgrade.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   Titec Hellbent Prolite

Bike Setup:   Single Speed Access XCL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by schlim a Cross Country Rider from Hayden, ID

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008

Strengths:    Great rise and angle, strong, no flex, good width for control, nice shot-peen finish, comparatively lightweight.

Weaknesses:    None found!

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bar. The rise and angle are just right for wrist comfort and bike control. I wouldn't run anything else on a full suspension bike. Best handlebar ever.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Blue Sky

Similar Products Used:   Salsa Pro Moto flat, Easton superlight, Truvativ XR riser, Bontrager riser.

Bike Setup:   Turner Six Pack. Titus Racer X.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex a Cross Country Rider from santa monica, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2008

Strengths:    This is the best looking handlebar. Period. Finish is the best. No colors, no cheap decals (at least not on my black one), and no lame carbon fiber snapolio. Strong enough to bash through any window.

Weaknesses:    Someone else already said it, if ride a lot, rain, dry, hot...the grips just love to pop off. I am going to try a little tape underliner for my new oury's. Other than that...bad ass.

Bottom Line:   
Sorry Easton and Race Face and whoever else you are, this one kicks your butt. If you really care that much about a couple of grams, or want to just go to the store and stay on the sidewalk at 10mph...dont waste your money. If you want to take off on 10-15 stairs, or feel like you might get run over in Koreatown and do a knee/hand plant on some girls hood, smashing it nose down (hope you have a good stem too...), or just feel like curb hopping or jumping logs instead of climbing them; well I hate the sound of carbon fiber crunching shortly followed by bones (especially my nose...yeah...9X)...so here she is.

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Favorite Trail:   cherokee national forrest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   All of them.

Bike Setup:   TREK 990, black everything, orig. XT everything, salsa sk/answer rocker/thom stem/king head/real crings/spd 747/8 sp/specialized hemispheres/nasty fasty crashy no problems

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Weekend Warrior from concord, ma, usa

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2007

Strengths:    looks, stength, stability due to wideness

Weaknesses:    some cool logos get covered up by grips

Bottom Line:   
best 47 dollars i've ever spent on my bike. it may seem like 47 dollars is a lot for a new handle bar, but the wideness of the 27 inch one gives you so much more stability and balance, and you can pop your front wheel up a lot higher, probably because you get better leverage or something. it was a snap to install and seems like it will last forever!! If you're at all interested in becoming more stable on your bike, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR BY GETTING THESE HANDLE BARS. i strongly suggest getting these handle bars in the 27-inch size because they are so stable. even if your current handle bars are in fine shape, these ones really improve your skills....
also, get them at jansonusa.com bacause they are cheap there..................

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Favorite Trail:   great glen, nh

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $47.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa.com

Similar Products Used:   stock handlebar, crowbar on old bike

Bike Setup:   2006 k2 attack 2.0, protaper, avid levers, sun rims and deore hub in back, SX-5 shifters, X-7 rear der.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gungadin a Weekend Warrior from Nevada

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2006

Strengths:    Rigid, Looks Very Cool, Huge leverage advantage with 27" bars.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These bars are great because they are really stiff, but very lite. I ride at dessert trails, so tress are not an issue. Thus, I opted for the 27" bars. The extra leverage is amazing and far more comfortable than the 25" that I was using. Great bars for the money.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Fire, Monkey Lites, Botranger


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Morgan Fleming from Apex, NC USA

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2005

Strengths:    These handlebars are really comfortable, they are strong and the 2" bars have a nice bend to them. They look great, and they were only $35 when purchased from JensonUSA.

Weaknesses:    The 2" risers came at a 27" width, which was a little to wide for my tastes. But I cut an inch of both sides and fixed that problem in 5 minutes.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a nice set of handlebars at a great price, these seem like the best choice to me. They are light, strong and come in gold, black and titanium color. They also come in multiple clampsizes and rise heights.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Crabtree

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Crowbar OS


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Downhiller from Toronto

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2005

Strengths:    Extremely light and very stiff as well. Rise and sweep are perfect.

Weaknesses:    At the price I paid, I do not think there are any weaknesses. Overall, at full price, the bars are worth every penny

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bar. Super strong. I dont exactly know how these other people are bending them like crazy. Maybe its the the torque you put on the bolts of your stems. Follow the setup and you should be good. Dont reef as hard as you can. Pro Tapers are sweet.

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Favorite Trail:   Highway- Blue Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike

Similar Products Used:   Axiom stock bars & Funn

Bike Setup:   Norco Shore, Diabolus stem, Pro Tapers, Double Track rims, everything else stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David from pinhole

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2005

Strengths:    Xcelent bend, strong, light.

Bottom Line:   
Very light bar, excelent bend. Cut 1/2 inch off ends to get between trees a bit better. Same bar on 2nd bike in almost 2 years without a problem, just like Grom at Sunshine said it would be.

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville, Oathill Mine

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Sunshine Bike, Fairfax Ca.

Similar Products Used:   Azonic risers

Bike Setup:   Versus Blitz versuscycles.com Manitou, RaceFace, Fox DH5.0, WTB

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kris a Weekend Warrior from Wyoming, USA

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2005

Strengths:    Best fit in the business. This bend is the the most comfortable out there. I have the Pro Taper XC with 1" of rise and have no problems at all.

Weaknesses:    All the bone heads that buy it, wreck on it, and blame the handlebar for their ineptitude.

Bottom Line:   
The Pro Taper XC bar is the most comfortable XC bar I have ever used. I just recently made the switch from flat bars and bar-ends and wonder why I never changed. The bend on this bar provides a very natural and comfortable riding position. I am a big guy that rides hard and wrecks hard. I have yet to damage these bars. They are a 7000 series aluminum bar, there is nothing tougher unless you get Cr-Mo.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Maxm, Race Face.

Bike Setup:   Like you care!

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Fernando Marcos a Weekend Warrior from Algarve, Portugal

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2005

Strengths:    Good looks, weight, geometry

Weaknesses:    That's the point, too weak for a dh riser bar

Bottom Line:   
I bought the oversized version to match with my diabolus stem, hoping it would outlast my frame.
Just after 5 rides, in a crash in the dirts, it bent like butter, despite all my other components are intact.
Moved into a Diabolus, hoping it will last longer than the protaper.
If you're looking for a lightweight part, it's ok, but if you want a bar that keeps crashing and still straight, look elsewhere.

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Favorite Trail:   Sintra

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   A local store

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey WCS, RF Diabolus

Bike Setup:   Coyote Dual frame, MZ MX Comp, Full Diabolus, XTR, Hope Mono Mini, Dee Max

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chuck brand a Cross Country Rider from Fairmont WV

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2004

Strengths:    a good selection of sizes expecially cause i need a wider bar with a small amount of sweep. sturdy, and good looking`

Weaknesses:    none yet we will see if i can break this one

Bottom Line:   
great looking and as i said before i can breathe now cause i have a wide enough bar now

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   primo bike 'n sport

Similar Products Used:   race face low riser

Bike Setup:   fisher sugar 2+ w/disc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by steve pete a Downhiller from U.K

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2003

Strengths:    handle grips slipped on nice


Weaknesses:    -scratch easily
-bend easily, snap when forced back
-look cheap and nasty


Bottom Line:   
if you are looking for a bar for your little girls bicycle so as she can drop off curbs with minimal bendin then definatly go for something stronger.
i was just testing the product because the sponsors wanted to promote the item but, the first drop i took was a little 4 foot an they right angled.when i bent them back they simple snapped. i told my sponsors i would not put my name to such a product!!

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Favorite Trail:   Any thing big

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   k-mart bike branch

Similar Products Used:   X-lite fatty

Bike Setup:   Orange patriot

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2003

Strengths:    Seems to be strong and well manufactured

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have converted from flat to 1” riser a few months ago, and I find the new position to be superior. Don’t expect too much, it’s only one inch difference, but it does put you in a better position for technical trails. I have a 2000 Sugar 2 with a very long top tube (if I’m not mistaken it’s 24.5”), so the riser ease somewhat on my back, but my position is still fairly low, and I never experienced problem with lifting the front tire.

The Answer seems to be well manufactured and of high quality. Initially I thought I would buy a carbon bar, but I don’t trust this material in a critical component such as the handlebar. You need to be very careful with carbon whenever you mount something on it (shifters, levers, etc.) and you never know when the material gives up - it just snaps on you. The Aluminum might be slightly heavier, but you’ll never have a second thought on the trail. Save the weight somewhere else (especially in rotating parts).

If you are looking to refresh your bike with a new component that will also affect your riding, riser bar is a good candidate, and not that expensive too.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   on-line

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager flat bar

Bike Setup:   2000 Sugar 2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Seth a Cross Country Rider from Washington DC

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2003

Strengths:    Got it for an amazing price on sale although I was planning on buying them anyway. Fairly lightweight and very strong (I weigh almost 200 lbs and they can support me pretty well). They have a decent rise, which I particularly like since I am on a 21" frame. They are in a comfortable position and have not bent like my last handlebar. The damping is good, but not enough to make me feel uneasy

Weaknesses:    Havent found any yet.

Bottom Line:   
A great set of handlebars for anybody who wants light weight, high strength, and durability. Today, some old guy opened his car door right infront of me and I hit it at around 20 mph. The handlebars didnt budge, though I cant say the same for the rest of my bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Robert E Lee Memorial Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   performancebike.com

Similar Products Used:   Stock schwinn alimunum handlebars

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Mesa (aluminum) with Shimano Deore Discs, Alexrims, Shimano XT drivetrain

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Centennial,CO,USA

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2003

Strengths:    Rocking sweet bar. good rise and really stiff

Weaknesses:    funny sweep. Is there such thing as too stiff?

Bottom Line:   
Buy it best bar for the money!

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Favorite Trail:   Apex, White Ranch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Treads (where I wrench)

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Forcelite, Spec flatbar, Bontrager Crowbar

Bike Setup:   Magical Specialized M2

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