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Answer Pro Taper SL Carbon Bar

Four degrees up and eight degrees back

If you’ve been in it since the early days of mountain biking, then you’ll remember that Answer have been a key player in handlebars since the start. The Hyperlite, Taperlite and soon after the Protaper bar all adorned the best bikes and was the go-to upgrade right back into the early 90s. Here was a handlebar that had the best shape and a great feel, a winning combination. Bars have got wider over the years and many brands have come along offering good alternatives but Answer have always been there with a great product, so here then is our current favourite the Answer Pro Taper SL Carbon Bar.

“Answer’s ProTaper SL carbon bar has just the right feel for a lightweight trail or enduro bike build and weighs in at a very low 215g”

The ProTaper SL handlebar is bang up to date. With custom builds around a carbon enduro frame becoming commonplace, riders are looking for good dimensions, low weight and high strength, all from a bar that will be comfortable over a long day stage racing or out on the hill. Combined with the correct stem, stiffness needs to be right for the job too. All in all that’s quite a list. The ProTaper SL is up to the job and ticks all those boxes.


Shape is a key quality of this bar, and although riders’ tastes will vary, this 4 by 8 degree sweep is bang on for us. With either the 780 or 750 mm bar (or 720 width for smaller riders) this shape really works well for most people.

Being a premium carbon product, Answer has used a new manufacturing process to reduce the weight yet keep the ride quality and stiffness right for the bikes we are now riding. A bar of 780mm or wider can often be overbuilt and unforgiving whereas the ProTaper carbon has just the right feel for a lightweight trail or enduro build and weighs in at a very low 215g.

The finish is superb, as you would expect at this price, making this our Dirt 100 choice for a wide, light bar.

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