FSA XC-190 Riser Bar Handlebar

4.5/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $74.99


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Product Description

A lightweight, reliable bar for XC riders.Tapered and shot-peened aluminum construction. 8 deg black sweep, 3 deg upward bend claimed 190 grams


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EddyKilowatt a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2014

Strengths:    Light, seems strong, finish is clean and accurate. Good value at the going street price.

Weaknesses:    Metalwork on mine is a tiny bit sketchy as there's a little bit of bulge or uneveness visible in one of the transition sections. Doesn't seem to have been a fatigue riser or otherwise affected performance.

Bottom Line:   
My riding style is "just here for the scenery" and I'm seldom more than a foot off the ground, so I'm not a very tough customer when it comes to bars. I do honk on them when I'm standing to climb some of the 30% grades in the Santa Lucias though, and they seem to be holding up fine. I'm a big fan of riser bars for the fine control they give you over your grip position relative to the rest of the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Ord: Chain Gang

Duration Product Used:   3 yr

Bike Setup:   Niner EMD with 80mm travel fork, Thomson stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Psycho Marco a Weekend Warrior from Puebla

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2009

Strengths:    This is a lighweight bar, cool and discrete looking, after 6 months still looks like new.

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
I would buy this bar again whithout hesitation. This is a great value for 60 bucks.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them!

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $64.00

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Easton EA30... heavy and horrible

Bike Setup:   Chumba VF2 with XTR drivetrain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FortOrdDirt a Cross Country Rider from Salinas

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2009

Strengths:    Light, great feel, durable, nice width, clean looking

Weaknesses:    zip

Bottom Line:   
Very Nice handlebar. My favorite so far. It has been through many crash tests, and it has held up. It is a very comfortable width/sweep/rise. A lot of control on the downhills, and is steady on the uphills.

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Favorite Trail:   flowy ones

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   juicy 7, xt, sb8s

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter Kumble a Cross Country Rider from Logan, Utah

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2007

Strengths:    Quality manufacturing, nice profile, light weight, affordable.

Weaknesses:    These bars could be perhaps a inch or so wider, like their carbon fiber cousin.

Bottom Line:   
This is an oversized 31 stem clamp bar with the pregnant bulge in the middle. I really like this bar so far. I replaced my Easton EA 50 because it was never straight, right from the beginning. I use the XO twister shifters (hate those button designs because my thumb was never in the right place) and they fit on the bar with the brake levers and grips without trying to creap into the bulge area. I have not noticed or had problems with the finish being too thin as others have complained about. This is a good solid low riser bar and I would not hesitate to buy one again if needed.

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Favorite Trail:   Jardine Juniper

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Shop in Park City

Similar Products Used:   Easton EA 50.

Bike Setup:   Tomac Revolver. XO drivetrain, Avid mechanical disk brakes, FSA crank, Thompson stem and seat post, Kenda Nevegal tires, Rock Shox Reba Team w, pop lock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Justin Decker a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2005

Strengths:    Looks good, Strong so far, Real light, perfect length (for me anyway)

Weaknesses:    hasn't bent or anything yet in the 6 months I've been thrashing it...Just feels Like it wants to since its so light... may be a lil expensive...finish scrapes easy when installing components on bars.

Bottom Line:   
Been hitting moderate jumps and just riding trails with this thing. Seems pretty solid and hasn't even hinted at breaking or bending. I would recomend it, and maybe even buy it again, It looks good and does the job well. The scratches are covered by the grips you put on and a mountain bike should be a little rough looking anyway if you are riding it right anyway.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   other FSA

Bike Setup:   Pedals, handlebar, crank, derailleurs, all attached to a frame...No brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ross a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2005

Strengths:    Ultra light wieght, only 20 grams heavy than most carbon bars, amazing looks, good upsweep etc

Weaknesses:    Finish could be a bit thicker, i scrapped it putting my controls on doesnt matter tho as its hidden

Bottom Line:   
A great bar, another top quality fsa part. I have everything they make for a mtb, apart from a crankset. The bar looks bling with an fa xc 115 stem.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.com

Similar Products Used:   bontrager crowbar sport and another one double butted.

Bike Setup:   gary fisher hardtail, rockshox reba race w/poplock, top end fsa kit throught, mix of xt and X.0 hope mono minis. hope finishing kit.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil a Weekend Warrior from Adelaide Australia

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2003

Strengths:    These are light, 190 gms!!, good sweep/rake/rise. They seem strong but have a very slight flex just for absorbing vibrations.
Wide for control. 7075 alloy


Weaknesses:    May be too thin, but havent showed any sign of weakness yet, so thats just speculation.

Bottom Line:   
Love the light weight.
My hands/wrists use to ache with my flats but that has gone with these, so thats a big thumbs up.
I do sometimes wonder (on those big bumpy fast downhill bits - Im 210 inc gear) if they are stong enough since they are so light, but no problems yet!
I like the width to help man handle the steering when needed.
Overall you cant go wrong with these for heavy XC, cant comment much beyond that. Good value too!!
Another excelent FSA product that hits the mark, just like their Orbit Extreme headsets!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   standard heavy no name flats(crap), Titec Hellbent (good)

Bike Setup:   Merida Magnesium totally custom

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jubbee a Cross Country Rider from Texas

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2003

Strengths:    strong, light, anno

Weaknesses:    mh.

Bottom Line:   
right on the money. i don't really like fsa, but they got this one right. real strong and light, stiff but not rock hard like my ritchey comp, thumbs up.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   all sorts of alum and carbon risers and flats

Bike Setup:   ellsworth fs

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