REAL Pro Review Slingshot Comp Stick Bar 2014 by Toby Diggens
Definitely an improvement to a bar that has been a staple for Slingshot now for several years.
The main difference is that the chicken loop release mechanism has been slimmed out to make the whole below the bar section seem cleaner and simpler to work with. The bar as a consequence for 2014 looks very good and will attract a great deal of riders who do not want cluttered “busy” bars.
The release design has been changed up a little and made smaller but they still use micro bungees to give you the tension that you need to reset after a release. This I think is not the best policy as if you are planning on keeping your gear for 2-5 years then this bungee will wear out (especially if subjected to the sun a lot). This is worth keeping in mind once you buy the bar and you can extend the life by looking after this section with freshwater. These are very easy to replace however and this can be done multiple times.
Above the bar things have not changed much and the swivel feels even more smooth and will be the one of the longest lasting on the market. The raised center-line hole for splitting your fingers around the centre line has stayed and this is a nice touch.
REAL Pro Tip – Great bar. Keep swivels and releases sand free and salt free by giving the bar a good freshwater rinse after every session. Dry silicon lubricant can also help if you can get some, as this keeps the sand from sticking to any metal moving parts.
by Justin H. on August 12, 2013