What Bars Should I Get?

What Bars Should I Get?
March 20, 2020 Ken
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What bars? A handy online resource for comparing handlebar shapes and sizes, so you can get a grip on the details that matter.

 

What bars should I get? The first sensory experience anyone feels when they get on a bike is the handlebars and the grips. This immediate tactile sensation foretells just how the ride will go… will it be fast and aerodynamic in the drops? Does the flare help with the off-road endeavour that lies ahead? Is that rise and sweep enough for me to get comfortable on my journey?

Often choosing handlebars can be confusing, what’s the difference between Bar A and Bar B? Stores might not stock the complete range and its hard to visualise feel in a multitude of numbers of varying dimensions.

Thankfully, What Bars? with its database of popular handlebars and its ability to superimpose graphically one bar over another aids in comparisons and helps us visualise what the details are in a technical graph that is attractive and compelling. Altogether an invaluable aid to making a decision on what bars to purchase.

 

  • SimWorks: Wild Honey Handlebar

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    WILD HONEY BAR is updated from NITTO’s masterpiece, B135. The reach is 105 mm, the drop is 120 mm, and the shoulder is 7 mm up as a usual shape, but we change the clamp diameter to 31.8 mm and the material to Heated Aluminum.

    A wide spread arm (the “kanji” for eight) is compatible with an aero bar as you already know from Smile Bar, since the shoulder part is up for a little bit and that makes your shoulder and elbow relax.

    It seems that the reach is little bit long, but as it says above, you don’t feel that long to grab a bar and it’s because of the length of the reach, you can grab a bar easily. Smile Bar is for Mountain Bike, 29er, and Monster Cross, but Wild Honey Bar has a compact looks and it goes with Sportif, Cyclocross, Road, and Fixed Gear. Material: Heat Treated Aluminium Width: 410, 430, 450 & 470mm (centre - centre at ends) Center diameter: 31.8mm Bar diameter: 23.8mm Reach: 105mm Drop: 120mm Flare angle: 70deg. Colour: Silver & Black Attention: Skid proof and clear coating are applied as a final treatment on this item and the actual size is wider than the diameter on the each size description. Please be aware of the installation of the stem which has very severe inner diameter. *Only 470mm width comes with a matte/bead blasted finish for the area where you would typically wrap the bar with handlebar tape as the attached photos. *Other sizes come still the gloss finish but will be updated to a matte/bead blasted finish after all the inventory is gone.

    $195.00
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    $219.00

    SimWorks: Little Nick Stealth Bar

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    A 10-year staple in the Simworks lineup of fine handlebar offerings, Little Nick has provided riders desiring a no-nonsense, sharp-lined, zero-rise flat bar with a more ergonomic perch for their hands, by way of a handsome 15-degree flare. 

    Flash forward from that origin bar and we're pleased to offer this updated alternative. The same characteristics that made the original Little Nick a favorite amongst cyclists, are transposed here in a slightly wider width of 750mm, and a larger bar clamp diameter of 31.8mm- a size more commonly seen with today's threadless stems, including our own Rhonda, Anne Lee and Caroline stems.

    In addition to these new dimensions, 'Little Nick Stealth' is constructed of heat-treated Aluminum, anodized in a Simworks exclusive 'Stealth Grey'.

    Slightly lighter in weight than the original Little Nick bar- which is constructed of Chromoly, you've now got a modernized handlebar option that will allow you to steer confidently under the radar.  Material: Heat Treated Aluminum Finishing: Stealth Grey Anodized Bar Clamp: 31.8 mm Width: 750 mm Rise: 0 mm Grip Angle: 15 deg. Weight: 364 g

    $219.00
    $219.00
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    $105.00

    SimWorks: Co-Misirlou Bar

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    Using the same configuration ans the Misilou bar the ‘Co-Misirlou’ bar clamp size is made slightly smaller at 26.0mm. It will perfectly match the Wendy or Gettin’ Hungry stem. Produced by NITTO. Material : Heat Treated Aluminium Width : 390, 410, 430, 450mm (center - center at ends) Center diam. : 26.0mm Bar diam. : 23.8mm Reach : 85mm Drop : 140mm Color : High-polished Silver & Gloss Black

    $105.00
    $105.00
  • Surly Corner Handlebar 25.4

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    Used to be if you wanted to throw drop bars on your off-road rig, you had to fork over your allowance for a new drivetrain and brake levers. We made the Corner Bar so you could conduct all your dirt-drop experiments with your current brake and drivetrain setup. I mean, why spring for the whole buffet when all you want is a salty snack at the bar? Anyway, we made this one out of Chromoly and it comes in three agreeable widths. We’re also including a set of shims. If you don’t need ‘em, stick ‘em in a drawer for later. Specifications: Material: Chromoly Clamp Diameter: 25.4mm Brake Lever Compatibility: Mountain 22.2mm Drop Bar Equivalent Width: 46cm, 50cm, or 54cm Drop Bar Flare: 41.4 degrees Bar Drop: 94mm Sweep Angle: 65.2 degrees Color: E.D. coated bla
    $265.00
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    $180.00

    Velo Orange Klunker Bar Handlebar

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    The Klunker Bar will quickly become your favorite handlebar. These upright, chromoly handlebars are the perfect position for bombing dirt roads, a trek across town to visit the new coffee shop, and loaded touring. The Klunker is 680mm wide, has a comfortable 45° sweep, and 3" (7.6cm) of rise. The clamp diameter is 25.4mm and the grip area is 22.2mm - standard outer diameters for mountain and city brakes and shifters. Due to it's design, you'll need a removable faceplate stem (like ours) to work with this bar. Available in Nickel and Noir. Specs: Stem Clamp: 25.4mm Grip: 22.2mm Rise: 7.6cm Sweep: 45 deg Width: 680mm Weight: 792g
    $180.00
    $180.00
  • Velo Orange Crazy Bar Handlebar

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    The VO Crazy Bars are intended for touring on paved and unpaved roads, single and double track, gravel and crushed limestone, and everything in between. The main, swept back section provides excellent control and leverage on rough and tumble surfaces, while the the bullhorn section offers an aero position for smoother roads and headwinds. The junction of the horns and sweeps feels similar to being on the hoods of drop bars and makes for a nice, neutral position. The main bar uses a 22.2mm grip area so MTB grips, levers, and shifters fit. The "horns" are 23.8mm, so road components like bar ends and inverse levers are compatible. The stem clamp area is 31.8mm. Crazy Bars are made from 6061 aluminum and are heat treated. Weight is a reasonable 532g. They are MTB-rated and available in sand-blasted Silver and Noir. Specs: Width: 780mm Sweep: 35 deg Rise: 40mm Grip length: 205mm Horn Width: 400mm Horn Length: 110mm Stem Clamp: 31.8mm Grip (sweeps): 22.2mm Grip (extensions): 23.8mm Weight: 532g
    $230.00
  • Velo Orange Seine Bar Handlebar

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    The Seine Bar is an offroad-worthy riser bar featuring a super comfortable position with loads of real estate and leverage for long days in and out of the saddle. Straddling the line between touring and full-on MTB, these bars are wide - 780mm to be exact. This width allows you to select climbing lines with ease and navigate bumpy descents without drama. If they're too wide for your trail or your commute, they can still be cut down to really dial in your fit. The rise is a cool 40mm and sweep is 35°. So while these were mainly designed to satisfy off-road touring enthusiasts' mixed terrain needs, they are an excellent option for commuters and flat-bar gravel connoisseurs alike.  At 205mm in length, the grip area is more than enough for modern sized grips, brake levers, and shifters - and there is still room to cut down if they are too wide from the get-go. The clamp diameter is 31.8mm and the grip diameter is 22.2mm. Width: 780mm Sweep: 35° Grip area: 205mm Rise/drop: 40mm Stem clamp diameter: 31.8mm Grip diameter: 22.2mm Weight: 443g Material: Aluminum Alloy MTB approved Bead-blast finish in Silver and Noir
    $149.00
  • Velo Orange Curvy Bar Handlebar

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    The Curvy Bar is a wider version of our Postino that fits modern accoutrements. It's very lightweight (273g), has no rise and drop, and is perfect for those converting roadies into a more comfortable, albeit, spirited position. With a width of 680mm and sweep of 30 degrees, it's ready to make those stoplight sprints and treks off the beaten path! Specs: Width: 680mm Sweep: 30° Grip area: 180mm Rise/drop: 0 Stem clamp diameter: 31.8mm Grip diameter: 22.2mm Weight: 273g
    $125.00
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