First Look: Race Face 2013 - Eurobike 2012

Aug 29, 2012
by Julian Coffey  
NEXT: WHAT'S NEXT?
Race Face continues to impress with refinements to their carbon fibre program. The latest introduction, wider handlebar offerings and a sweet new graphics package across their NEXT XC/Trail brand. Sparked by rider demand for a wider stance, the new generation NEXT is now available in a WIDE FLAT 1/4" rise (28.3" or 720mm), 3/4" riser (28.5" or 725mm), as well as a more traditional 1/4" rise narrow (24.6" or 625mm) option.
Although the NEXT brand is best known for XC applications, it is actually designed to withstand the rigors of the growing Enduro and All-Mountain categories; tested to pass the same stringent Race Face strength/fatigue requirements as the DH bars. A reinforced stem anti-crush zone minimizes the possibility of stress risers where the stem meets bar, while a leading edge unidirectional carbon weave & precise manufacturing process ensure the NEXT bars present at an impressively low XC weight. In other words, Next is the best option for your go-to 'pedal-ly' bike; ultra lightweight for climbing efficiency, stiff and durable for sketchy descents.
The evolution of NEXT branding balances a slick new set of water decal graphic wraps that is careful not to lose the carbon fibre weave below. The matte carbon and gloss decal offer a dynamic finish. A dither effect toward the bar ends creates a visual vibration that just makes you look...well, fast! The new aesthetic is offered in red, green, blue, and carbon (neutral).

HANDLEBAR, NEXT FLAT 1/4 riser, narrow
BUILT FOR: XC Race/Trail/AM
DIMENSIONS: 24.6" or 625mm width
SWEEP: 7° rearward, 2° upward
RISE: 0
BAR DIAMETER: 31.8mm
WEIGHT: 135g
COLOUR: Matte Carbon only

HANDLEBAR, NEXT WIDE FLAT - NEW!
BUILT FOR: XC Race/Trail/AM
DIMENSIONS: 28.3" or 720mm width
SWEEP: 8° rearward
RISE: ¼"
BAR DIAMETER: 31.8mm
WEIGHT: 175g
COLOUR: Matte Carbon, Red, Green, Blue

HANDLEBAR, NEXT 3/4 riser
BUILT FOR: XC Race/Trail/AM
DIMENSIONS: 28.5" or 725mm width
SWEEP: 8° rearward, 4° upward
RISE: ¾"
BAR DIAMETER: 31.8mm
WEIGHT: 175g
COLOUR: Matte Carbon, Red, Green, Blue



ATLAS CRANK & BARS: THE GREEN MONSTER EMERGES!

2013

Race Face has made quite a colour imprint on our industry throughout the years building a solid reputation for introducing vibrant coloured components when other brands were playing it safe with neutrals. Their latest brainchild - they've created a monster and it's being unleashed in the form of their bomber Atlas cranks and bars. Be forewarned, this particular Green Monster is a limited release so you'll have to get it on your rig before this monster sleeps again.

BUILT FOR: FR/DH Racing
SIZE: 165, 170, 175mm & 68/73, 83mm or 100mm
WEIGHT: 685g (165mm, 83mm armset without BB);
822g (165mm with 36T ring & 68/73mm BB)
910g (170mm with 36T Single Ring, Bash Guard & 68/73mm BB);
958g (170mm with 24/36/Bash Guard & 68/73mm BB)
RING CONFIGURATIONS: 24, 36 & Bash; Single Ring & Bash; Single Ring
*Compatible with various BB standards (PF30/BB92/BB30 and 68/73/83mm threaded BB).
COLOUR: Green Monster


Atlas 1 1/4 riser
BUILT FOR: DH/FR
DIMENSIONS: 31" or 785 mm width, 8° rearward, 4° upward
RISE: 1¼"
WEIGHT: 340g
BAR DIAMETER: 31.8mm
COLOUR: Green Monster

Atlas Riser
BUILT FOR: DH/FR
DIMENSIONS: 31” or 785 mm width, 8° rearward, 4° upward
RISE: ½”
WEIGHT: 340g
BAR DIAMETER: 31.8mm
COLOUR: Green Monster



ATLAS I-BEAM SADDLE: GET YOUR ATL-ASS ON ONE!

Race

Introducing the Atlas I-Fly saddle. Light-weight, ultra sleek, minimalist styling ensures it's easy to get off the back when things get steep, but still offers the support needed to get you through an all day epic. The I-Fly offers World Cup race proven performance with an unsurpassed strength to weight ratio - because if you're not fast, you're last!

CATEGORY: DH/FR
CONNECTION: I-Beam
WEIGHT: 156g
DIMENSIONS: 260mm x 127mm
COLOUR: Black


The Atlas Saddle is also available in a railed option and is compatible with all railed seat post designs.

CATEGORY: DH/FR
CONNECTION: Railed
WEIGHT: 220g with Ti Alloy rails
DIMENSIONS: 260mm x 127mm
COLOUR: Black



ATLAS I-BEAM SEATPOST:

Race

The Atlas I-Beam seatpost combines the proven I-beam head design with a custom Race Face tube. The tube is elliptically extruded & CNC machined from 2014 aluminum for optimal strength to weight ratio. The result - a durable, lightweight post that excels in any terrain you choose to ride without the added weight penalty of traditional seatpost designs.

BUILT FOR: XC/AM/DH
SIZE: 30.9, 31.6mm
LENGTH: 350mm
WEIGHT: 218g (30.9mm)
COLOUR: Black


HALF NELSON GRIPS:
Why is it most grips run best when they’re almost worn out? Half Nelson’s are designed to give you that super tacky thin feel straight out of the box. Thin, tacky, light weight...everything you want in a grip.

  • • Single lock on grip
  • • Super slim low profile design
  • • Lightweight - (24g lighter than Race Face Sniper lock on / Pair)
  • • Uses Race Face’s soft and durable super tacky VEXY compound
  • • RaceFace MX style half waffle for added grip security
  • • Topographic moisture channels

BUILT FOR: XC/AM/DH
WEIGHT: 92.5 grams
COLOURS: White, Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Grey, Black



105 Comments

  • + 49
 Go Race Face, all the best to you guys! Those grips look legit, green handlebars ushhh... would look sweet on a black bike In the words of some hard core band RIIIIIISE!!!
  • + 5
 True!! They a always beautiful and sexy Smile
  • + 6
 now there's no excuse for someone to do a Bob Marley red, yellow frame demo with green atlas parts! I would but I don't have the money. So sorry
  • + 6
 Straner that's awsome Idea. In 3 years time it will be 70th birthday of Bob Marley .(6 Feb.1945)
That's nice excuse to make special edition bike Big Grin
I wonder who if any of leading manufacturers would do that Big Grin
  • + 5
 I've got a rasta p3 in the making haha
  • + 1
 @Waki would that be Tiger Army?
  • + 3
 krashDH85 - dunno, half of them have that in the lyrics, I won't go into details as I went through that genre very very briefly and I bet there will be folks just waitin' to say "Killswitch Engage ain't real fkn hardcore!!!" - very slight pun intended, yea but all genres sooner or later become tendentious Razz I just like the power of the "broadcast" RIIIIIISE!!!
  • + 2
 I'm not a huge fan of the half waffle grips...Mainly because I never know where to put the waffle part Razz Under my hand or under my fingers? The rest of it looks awesome as usual.
  • + 1
 does any one know what happened to race face? i remember that they went out of buisnes a while ago but then they soon started up again. did they get bought out by a bigger company secretly?
  • + 1
 Killswitch Engage ain't real fkn hardcore!!!!!
  • + 1
 @suicide half waffle under fingers
  • + 1
 cretin82 i think one of the employees/managers bought it but dont know for sure
  • + 21
 Those Next bars look fantastic
  • - 14
flag rage67 (Aug 29, 2012 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 that's what she said
  • - 7
flag cjwanner (Aug 29, 2012 at 9:59) (Below Threshold)
 Your mother looks fantastic.
  • + 1
 On a more sensible note, im not a fan of carbon but wow they do look sick and the rest of the things in the article Smile
  • + 7
 Next reminds me of the Walmart bikes :/
  • + 1
 Hahaha^
  • + 2
 Why aren't the Next Wide Flat's WIDER?!?! FSA makes a 760mm carbon flat bar. I'd love to support my people at RF, but I need MOAR WIDER!
  • + 11
 The green cranks and bars wouldn't match on my bike AT ALL but I still want to get them because they're so damn sexy. I'd probably sell my frame to get something that goes with that green, or just repaint my frame green or black, or both.
  • + 2
 Or light blue that would look sick!
  • + 1
 I was already thinking about getting green Outlaws for a white M6...
  • + 2
 Im guessing those bars will eventually be available in more color options, similar to the grip colors.....
  • + 1
 The atlas stealth bars have the same design and that's what I want to get on m bike along with their atlas stealth cranks but that green stands out so much unlike their stealth stuff. But I love their stealth line.
  • + 10
 those cranks; take my money.
  • + 3
 Hahaha yes take allll my money Smile would full respray my bike to match that shizz!!
  • + 5
 Liking the grip design of just an inner lock on collar. For those of us who ride with our hands on the ends of the bars the lock on collar wrecks my hands. Good work Raceface.
  • + 20
 Da fauq bro? I'm the only hobbnobb around here
  • + 2
 I'm the singular though!
  • + 6
 Pinkbike reviewing Raceface in europe. Could have just gone down the road to their HQ in New Westminster...
  • + 3
 Did I just watch six pictures of candy cane colored handlebars? Definately not my style. On the other hand, I really like the Atlas saddles.
  • + 1
 you must have never seen a candy cane before, this should help lmgtfy.com/?q=candy+cane
  • + 1
 Well I do, but I'm used to seeing them in all colors and sizes (tinyurl.com/cgxu7tr). Either way, those colors don't make the bars any prettier IMHO.
  • - 4
flag Im-not-very-clever (Aug 29, 2012 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 ^^that's what she said ^^
  • + 1
 The atlas saddle really reminds me of my SDG Ti Fly saddles, which I love!
  • + 3
 Wait...they even call it the 'Atlas I-Fly' ...coincidence?!
  • + 1
 Thise Next bars look slick, however am a firm believer that the minimum width for bars is 750 mm.... I have wider on the main bike, but if I whip out for a ride on the Trail bike cant go anything narrower than 750mm...

Anyone else suffering this issue?
  • + 4
 Wait two seasons when narrow bars are in. Then you'll be running 500mm bars telling everyone how you cant ride with bars bigger then 550.
  • + 2
 Sounds like SixC is for you. 785mm cuttable to 710mm.
  • + 2
 I changed my handlebar, crankset and grips about 2 weeks ago !!!! ... guess they're already in a bad enough shape that I need to change again :p
  • + 0
 RaceFace carbon bars, when you bang them together, sound kind of like metal for some reason. Emphasis on "kind of"--they're carbon, but they sound much different than I'm used to. They give out high pitched tings, instead of low clunks like Easton and Enve carbon bars. Well, at least with their older SixC riser bars. They're really stiff and hard, I have to say. The surface of the bars is really smooth and polished and aren't really nice for clamping onto... good thing they reinforced those areas. I guess it clinks instead of clunks, because it's so thick walled compared to the others' thinner and more hollowed out bars. Definitely don't look like they're break, but I doubt they'll offer any carbon damping attributes really, that might reduce hand fatigue and arm pump.
  • + 2
 *Sniff* Raceface is BACK AGAIN! *.*' The green stuffs dont match to my bike, but look really goddamn sexy. That was my first opinion too, like the others. Big Grin
  • + 3
 oh man i just bought race face respond bars now i need to get the next damnit
  • + 2
 same here dude
  • + 1
 "Why is it most grips run best when they’re almost worn out?" I thought I was the only one who feels this way about worn out grips, LOL!
  • + 1
 I think I am going to have to build a colour combo to match that crank. I LOVE my RaceFace Diabolous!! But that monster green is tooooooo fresh.
  • + 1
 Wow, those green monster bars and cranks would be killer with my black frame with lime accents im building up! Anyone know when they will be available for retail?
  • + 1
 Wow those are some top notch bars!! Might get a pair =) Those green cranks would look good on select paint schemes! Great work again from Race Face!
  • + 3
 can't wait for the next raceface commercial, they're always hilarious!
  • + 2
 BALLS TO THE WAAALL
  • + 1
 raceface always have some sweet graphics each year, definitely look the part, hope they ride as well as they look!
  • + 1
 nice finish on the NEXT bars.... think they'll do a similar finish for there DH bars?
  • + 1
 Those cranks are sick. Bars look a little cheesy. Never tried an I beam saddle, they look uncomfortable.
  • + 1
 This is awesome! RaceFace has really made a come back. I'm really liking the Monster green!
  • + 1
 Ooh that green Atlas cranks and bars should work a treat on my Mega, would go with the green on my Hopes well!
  • + 1
 Not to be confused with the Walmart style NEXT bikes and components.... lol
  • + 1
 dammit! I dont have a green bike, but that aside I have a set of atlas bars in blue and I like them so suck it haters! (:
  • + 1
 dayummm......first product release article ive gone through and fully relished in a while. OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM
  • + 1
 I looked at the bars and instantly thought MONEY
  • + 1
 Cool! The graphics on it are simple but look sweet Smile
  • + 1
 nice to see Race Face bought a seat design from SDG
  • + 1
 Everyone is going green and black! I kind of feel like a trend setter
  • + 1
 "83mm or 100mm" ? what I am mising??
  • + 1
 Those might be the sickest looking components ever!!!
  • + 1
 Im totally geting that seat to mach my bars
  • + 1
 I just shed a tear, so beautiful
  • + 1
 Wish the Chester cranks would be released in Green Monster...
  • + 1
 Fuck I love it when history repeats itself
  • + 1
 those handlebars looks like a full arm tattoo
  • + 1
 where can we buy those monster bars and cranks
  • + 1
 mmmmmmmm........... (done in seedy mans voice)
  • + 1
 dude... yuck. cool line up though!
  • + 1
 mostly i like the designBig Grin it looks prety nice
  • + 1
 Is Ther a Chance to buy These Stuf? I will be there on sunday
  • + 1
 Raceface top job, those green Atlas bars look boss
  • + 1
 I'll take a pair of those grips.
  • + 1
 Those grips are looking fantastic just like their Next bars
  • + 1
 Products look so sick. Personally really liking the look of the seats!.
  • + 2
 love the seat! Smile
  • + 0
 Great collor is Therapie a Chance to Boy These Stuf @ the eurobike??? Cruz i will ne Ther ob sunday
  • + 1
 Sick cranks and lovely bars.Hopefuly they ar so good as they look!
  • + 1
 Nice and colourful...but where are the prices...??
  • + 2
 raceface comin in hot!
  • + 1
 FINALLY some green components!
  • + 1
 Tell me about it! Just what i've been waiting for Big Grin thank you raceface, bye money!
  • + 1
 those green Atlas are f.... sick. race face forever!
  • + 1
 sexy bars!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 Before anyone asks, Velo is who makes the saddles for them.
  • + 1
 Kewl
  • + 1
 ive fallen inlove!
  • + 1
 I'm buying that saddle!
  • + 1
 it's cool
  • + 1
 I neeeeeed moneeey !
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