From XC racing, with a -25º rise and slight backsweep, all the way to an integrated cockpit DH bar, those funky Syncros bars John has on his Starling Murmur have an entirely re-designed family lineup. Our pick is the HIXON IC 1.0 RISE. 800mm wide, 40mm or 50mm stem length. Check out the entire lineup at Syncros.
Sim Works has taken three of their most popular bar shapes and gave them a 31.8 clamp diameter and a blackened, ‘stealth’ coating. The Getaround Stealth Bar, Fun 3 Stealth Bar, and Little Nick Stealth Bar are now in stock at Sim Works USA!
It’s no secret that we love earth tone themes over here at the Radavist. Which is why we’ve taken a liking to Cerakote, the durable and thin coating – .5 mil thick! – that is baked on like a powder but at lower temperatures. John’s Sklar’s finish is Cerakote and we’re seeing more and more integration with frames but very few component applications. That’s why this Rodeo Labs project caught our eye. They went extra dirty with this one with the Elite Earth color on everything, including their Rodeo 2.0 rims. Check out more photos below!
South Africa’s Ride FARR has two new products to their ever-expanding catalog. The 265g Clip-On Arm Rest Kit and Aero Bar Bag, both will be in stock this June. The Aero Bag fits on their Aero Gravel and Aero MTB bars and takes advantage of extra real estate on your bike’s cockpit.
Clip-On Arm Rest Kit:
-Lightweight, Modular Design
-Vertical and Horizontal Adjustment
-CNC Machined Alloy 6061 Clamps and Brackets
-Nylon Injected / Glass Fiber Ergo Arm Rest Cups
-48-Hole Bolt Pattern for Maximum Adjustability
-10mm EVA Foam Pads
-Durable 500D Cordura Material
-Easy fitment via double-sided velcro straps
-Custom designed to maximize space in the front extension
-Unique Aero Shape to compliment the styling of your bike
-Inner Mesh Compartment to prevent heavier items from moving around during
-Top Cover with Zipper Pocket with Stem Bungee Cord for Secure Closure
-Underside Bungee Cord for added carrying potential
-Made in USA
See more at Ride FARR.
Is wider better? I’d say so! While mountain bikes have embraced the wider bar trend, there’s still a lot of resistance to wider bars on drop bar bikes. Part of that is it costs a lot to try it out. Well, with the rising popularity of wider drop bars, more and more companies are throwing their caps in the ring with the latest being PNW Components and their Coast handlebar and stem. These affordable bars offer up a new riding position for that old familiar gravel or cross bike in your stable. They come in a silver finish and are in stock now, in two widths – 480mm and 520mm – at PNW Components.
-65mm Reach – Works with shallow drop and exaggerated flare to make switching body position an ease
-105mm Drop – Shallow Drop for when aero isn’t everything and comfort is
-20° Flare – Combo of shallow drop and 20° flare provides more wrist comfort while moving back and forth between grips and hoods
If you’re looking to build up an all-silver road, all-road, or gravel build but have been struggling finding silver bars in a shape that you like, well, look no further. Salsa’s two most popular bars, the Cowchipper and Cowbell, are now available in silver. Head to your local dealer to check a pair out in person!
With an overall width of 750mm the Curve Cycling Walmer drop bar is the widest in the world. Luckily for those of us that don’t want to go that wide, there are other widths as well.
The Walmer is available in 46 , 50 , 55 , 60cm widths (at the hoods), with overall widths coming in at 61, 65, 70, 75cm. With a reach of 60mm, 110mm of drop, 29º flare, and 7º sweep, they have a great shape, perfect for touring or dirt roads.
These bars have been vetted by Curve’s team of experienced ultra-endurance athletes and are in stock now at Curve Cycling for $189AUD.
Handlebar designs are all the rage these days but what do you think of the Oyster Bar? I’ve never seen anything like it! Check it out on Kickstarter.
Tumbleweed Bikes has been working on a new handlebar, the Persuader, to fit everything from their touring bike, the Prospector, to a trail MTB and beyond. We got an advanced look at the bar, which is due out later this fall…
When it comes to noodles, people love ramen, but the noodle of choice for the Sim Works team in Nagoya, Japan are soba noodles. Thus inspiring the So Bar noodle bar. These 26.0 clamp bars are perfect for randonneuring, touring, or commuter bikes, offering many hand positions, with the overall width measuring in at 50cm and 49cm at the hoods. These bares have a 4° flare, are made in Japan by Nitto, and in stock now at Sim Works.
Perhaps you’re in the market for a new cockpit on your touring, townie, mountain, or whatever bike. Or you saw some bars you liked on Instagram and asked “what bars?” This new website is for you. WhatBars.com is an internet database that compares the sweep, rise, and flare of various handlebars, allowing you to overlay and compare the designs, making it easy to choose the right bar for your whatever bike. See more at WhatBars.com.
For those of you looking into swapping out your drop bars for something new, Whisky Parts Co’s new offerings might be of interest to you. The new No.7 aluminum and No.9 carbon bars come in a variety of shapes, thanks to the 6, 12, and 24º flair options, as well as widths up to 46cm. With the two material options, there’s something for any build, so head to Whisky to check out the details and your local dealer for ordering.
Words and Photos by Spencer Harding
If you’ve hung around me at all in the past few years you have probably heard me wax poetic over the idea of much wider mtb bars. One day Matt from Crust called me, like an angel who had heard my drunken ramblings, to see if I wanted to test out his new swept-back bar, the Jungle Runner.
Welcome to the… Well, you get it and Crust Bikes get it. They get that sometimes super kooky things just work, dare I say, better. Everyone laughed at the 66.6cm wide bars, but people love them and the same can be said about their Jungle Bars. As I like to tell people, don’t knock ’em til you rock ’em. Available in raw with a clear coat or black to match your touring build. Check out more details and swoop a pair up at Crust.
Like dirt drops? Want something with a nice big flat section and a good amount of flare? Check out these new Far Bars from Velo Orange. Available in 44 or 48cm widths, silver or black and in stock now.
After vigorous testing, a full run at PBP and seeking out Japan’s Nitto for production, the Compass Randonneur handlebars are now available. These Extralight bars are light. More light than any of Nitto’s current offerings, yet strong enough to take on fire roads, cobbles or whatever you can throw at them. They are available in widths of 400, 420, 440 mm and are in stock now at Compass.
Surly makes reliable, solid, affordable components and bicycles. Something we can all appreciate. Their newest dive bar is a spin on one of their first sweep bars. The Cheater Bar is a 11º sweep, 31.8 clamp, 4130 bar that’s 780mm wide, 427g and will cost ya $80 bones at your local bike shop. Not bad! Check out more babel at Surly.
Over the years Cadence has worked on some really great collaborations with Ritchey and this latest drop might be their best yet. Available now is a gloss white with black geometric overlay cockpit. The C220 Keta stem features a chevrons down the side with a “Keep Going” reminder on the top, while the EvoCurve bar repeats the pattern at the clamp. Both are in stock now at Cadence.