Some trails are right for tall handlebars, like when carving through powder or standing to hammer over moguls. Other conditions call for low bars, such as slinging through the woods or blazing down a frozen river.
We installed Rox’s wrenchless version of its adjustable riser on our 2008 Polaris 700 SwitchBack demo sled last season. As a hybrid sled that we used for a variety of rides — from on-trail Midwest adventures to deep-snow, off-trail excursions in Cooke City, Montana — the accessory riser proved to be an excellent add-on.
The system has two levers that secure the riser at the preferred height (our sample adjusted from 4 to 5.5 inches above the steering post). If the trail went from smooth to rough and we wanted to stand up, we could pull over, loosen the levers, raise the handle bar, tighten it up and be on our way in 10 seconds. It was easy to adjust with gloves on our hands.
After more than 1,000 miles and countless adjustments, the setup held tight and firm. The aluminum riser suffered a few gouges when we tightened the levers. Fortunately, this didn’t affect the part’s function.
Our kit included adapters so it could accommodate 7/8- or 1-1/8-inch diameter bars. Serrated teeth on the clamps helped prevent slippage. Fit and finish of the parts was clean and the pieces fit well, which made the riser easy to mount up. Installation took about 20 minutes.
The retail price of the riser is $149.95; the wrenchless kit adds another $34.95, which brings the package to $184.90. I’m a firm believer in the adage “you get what you pay for.” And for less than $200, snowmobilers get a superb handle bar riser that accommodates nearly all the conditions they’ll face. I’d have no regrets recommending this setup to a buddy.
Ease of use 1.8/2