Soma’s New Gaping Gator Dirt Drop Handlebars Apr 20, 2015


Never underestimate the benefits of a wide, flared-out dirt drop. Especially for off-road riding. While 655mm might sound like a MTB bar width, all that leverage in a shallow drop can add just the right amount of control to your MTB, cross or all-road bike.

Soma’s new Gator Bar looks like a beast! Check out more at the Soma blog and see the specs below.

– 6061 butted aluminum
– Width: 655mm at ends, center-to-center
– Width: 505mm at front of drops, center-to-center
– Width of flats on top: 340mm
– Center: 31.8mm
– Compatible with 22.2mm clamping accessories
– Drops flare out at 20° angle
– Weight: 400g
– No cable grooves
– Shotpeen finish
– Black or silver

  • DougHan

    so with wider tires, dropper posts, flatter and wider bars… at what point do I realize I should have just bought a mountain bike in the first place?

    • Luc

      Define “mountain bike”

    • John Watson

      It’s 4.20, open your minddddd mannnnnnn

    • Kerry Nordstrom

      I found a bike for you:

      • ez

        Ha…. Kerry is Mr Dirt Drops, which is not a bad thing. But drops are not bar ends, be fair. Enough 4:20 jokes.

  • AttackCowboy

    I’m glad Soma constantly makes silver finish versions of their bars. These look like they would be fun on my Nature Boy and silver is ‘on theme’ for the build.

  • Evan Baird

    The feature that everybody has missed, including Soma’s copy writer, is that it’s compatible with 22.2mm clamps like the Rohloff twist shifter without the need for an adapter.

    • AttackCowboy

      It’s mentioned on the product page but I’m surprised they didn’t put it in their blog post as well. It is one of my favorite features.

  • Robert0321

    Bars like that are quite common/popular in beach racing, which i don’t believe is a thing outside of Europe. (Or even the Netherlands)
    Instead of chopping down your flat bars for aerodynamics, these improve just that while maintaining the control wider bars provide.

  • ez

    I would say, that I’d like to see something akin to their Cowbells in carbon. I love those on my gravel/cx bike. Just make them lighter.