Azonic P.D.W. Chubby Handlebar

3.61/5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $127.00


Product Description

By engineering the double wall design "outside" and creating an outer, reinforced patented sleeve we were able to increase strength, while decreasing weight and improving overall bar performance. The P.D.W. CHUBBY bar features cold forged construction from 2014 Alcoa® super duralumin aluminum combined with the new oversized 28.6 O.D. center, laser etched graphics, textured finish on the ends for better grip adhesion and is a full 28" wide.

Available rises: 1", 1.5", 2", 2.5"
Available colors: Black Red, Blue and Polished.
10 year guarantee.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by killabyte a Weekend Warrior from bogota colombia

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2010

Strengths:    wide, strong, nice look

Weaknesses:    cant move brake levers and shifters center side enough

Bottom Line:   
Looks great, feels great, is strong enough for me. i dont like that the handlebar is made of joining 2 bars so there is a midway joint that doesnt let you move the controls away from the bar end so you cant use one fingered brake.

There are some shimano brake levers and shifters that let you remove the shifter indicator and place the brake lever center sided.

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Favorite Trail:   pavas cuchilla bitaco

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   triathlon

Bike Setup:   XTC alliance 2, SLX group and hidros

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Eder Savio a Downhiller from Florianópolis - Brazil

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007

Strengths:    Color resistant to scratches.

Weaknesses:    No enough space for to assemble the brake levers for one finger use.
Heavy.
It is hard to find 28.6 stem.


Bottom Line:   
There are several affordable handlebars more light and stiff than Chubby. I like Tioga DH 2000.
I don't use my new U$ 130 Chubby because there is not enough space for to assemble the brake levers for one finger use...

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Favorite Trail:   Ratones

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Tioga DH, Haro, Specialized, Roox tork bar.

Bike Setup:   Stinky, DHX 5.0, Monster T, Hope C2, XTR, CrMo Cranks, Maxxis Minion 2.5, Truvativ chain guide.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Trevor Thornton a Downhiller from Boise, ID

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2006

Strengths:    They have an awesome bend, and felt really stable. They look pretty sweet. The wide bars put you into a very stable riding position. You can get them cheap in a ton of places.

Weaknesses:    They broke on me. I only weigh 140 olbs, and I had not crashed majorly since getting them, so the integrity had not beenseverly comprimised. I was riding a rock garden, and next thing I knew, I was tumbling down the hill. I am honestly surprised they have not been recalled yet, as this is not the first time this has happened by any means. Whenever you have doublewall tubing, it's going to have a ton of stress at the junction. Bad design. I damaged my BRAND NEW 66RC2X, and got severely hurt because of the ensuing crash. I only had the bars for about 8 months, and I rode pretty infrequently, so they should not have failed, esecially in this manner. So basically, do not buy these bars. They fail catastrophically as opposed to bending, and THAT IS BAD.

Also, the small grip area made it so that I had a hard time using lock on grips, and also I could not cut them down AT ALL.


Bottom Line:   
Azonic PDW Chubby=Bad.

I do want to add that Azonic was decent about the warranty, but I no longer trust these bars, so I will be selling the replacements...

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Favorite Trail:   Pomerelle DH course

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   A buddy

Similar Products Used:   A ton of bars, except the other one's didn't break.

Bike Setup:   KHS FR1500 with Fox Vanilla RC shock, a Marzocchi 66RC2X w/170mm, all high-end downhill components...

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Coop a Weekend Warrior from Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2006

Strengths:    Looks great. Seems indestrcutable. Took a few 10ft + drops.

Weaknesses:    CREAKS like Frankstien's labratory door. CREAK! CREAK! CREAK! Its drving me nuts.

Bottom Line:   
CREAKY! I hate the creaking! I want a different bar!

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Favorite Trail:   Porucpine Rim

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   gift from friend

Similar Products Used:   Easton Monkey Bar, EC7o carbon, FSA riser, Kalloy OS riser, Kore

Bike Setup:   Litech Magnesium frame, Marzocchi Z1 130mm fork, Avid disc brakes, SRAM x.9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from Milford NH

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2005

Strengths:    Strong, good bend, good dh width, looks good

Weaknesses:    had to remove one of the little rubber things to accomodate a shimano shifter

Bottom Line:   
To the guy that said the bars were creaking, try greasing the the stem bolts and torque them properly. The creaking will happen in any bar if the bolts have no grease and are over/under tightened.

I love the rise and bend of this bar. I have ridden it for two years and have done 15 foot drops without any trouble. I am only 135 pounds so I don't really beat on equipment too hard.

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Favorite Trail:   the kind that have a downward sloping incline

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Bike Setup:   Tomac 204, all the goods

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by joe brown from raleigh

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2004

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    everything, this bar claims strength ... it didnt even last
over 1 year it broke on a drop off ....this bar offers a 10 year warranty but only lasted just over 10 months
this bar needs to be taken off the market it could cause serious injury to the user


Bottom Line:   
dont buy this bar if you want strength in your product it has serious integrity issues im not saying that azonic is not good but if you are a rough rider and put a lot of stress on your bars please consider another product steel bars wont break like this i have permanant scars from this product 10 year warranty is misleading also the fact that it is a thicker diameter bar is misleading please head my warning these bars look great but perform badly

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Favorite Trail:   street

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   rei


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex Brown a Weekend Warrior from Grimsby, UK

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2003

Strengths:    Fat
Very Stiff


Weaknesses:    Well, They snapped
Heavy


Bottom Line:   
I am not impressed by these bars. They are desribed as "bombproof". Considering I use them for light urban use, and they snapped while rolling off a curb on my back wheel.

Hopefully they will be covered under the 10 year warrenty.

No one else seems to have many problems with this bar - so I can only assume that mine must have had a defect in them in the first place.

I wouldn't buy them again, as for the size and weight mine didn't exactly turn out to be strong!

You can see my snapped bars here: http://cloudburst.souliss.com/images/broken_bars.jpg

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Similar Products Used:   Mission bars, Monty bars

Bike Setup:   Azonic Ds1 with marzocchi bombers and Azonic finishing kit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2003

Strengths:    Great bar...awesome to look at. great rise and sweep... so comfy to hold on to. Absolutley great.

Weaknesses:    I havent found 1 yet

Bottom Line:   
Great bar super stiff and awesoem to look at. Azonic make the worlds best components. perfect for urban dj and drops.

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Favorite Trail:   urban, dj, drops

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Stock kona bar... stock gt bar

Bike Setup:   2001 kona stuff. 24inch double tracks. 2002 7 inch junior t. truvativ hussefelt with blackspire guard and guide. Shimano deore disc brakes. front nokian gazzt 3 inch wide tire and 2.6 gazzy junior tire. azonic hammer chubby stem. azonic love seat.tioga dh pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bOOnie from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 22, 2002

Strengths:    Seem Very strong, but after reading the reviews I'm worried about brittle fracture with no warning on thier failure, hope this won't happen. Look way Fat.

Weaknesses:    NOT ENOUGH ROOM ON THE GRIP LEVEL!! Can't set your brake levers on the inside for 2 finger braking. Can't use lock grips. The roughened grip area doesn't work ended up wiring my grips on.

Bottom Line:   
No Flex in the bars, Look tuff cause they are. No warning on failure it seems which is concerning (typical of aluminium) I have given mine a hard time for 2 years and they are holding up fine.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $119.00

Purchased At:   The BikeSmith

Similar Products Used:   Crowbar (sh.t thats why I got these), the thinner walled azonics.

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Level Betty. Changed everything. I'm using the Azonic shorty with these bars, its a tough combo.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Alto a Downhiller from Wimborne

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2002

Strengths:    tough as hell for a while

Weaknesses:    after about two months they started creaking a hell of a lot where the bar is joined to the big chubby bit

Bottom Line:   
these bars are good for a while but after some heavy drops they begin to creak a lot i duno if iv just got some duff ones though because the should be bombproof

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Favorite Trail:   Astonhill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   bikelab

Similar Products Used:   azonis double wall race face and custom made fat ass bars (solid metal)

Bike Setup:   azonic eliminater boxxer teams m4s d321 hope bulb mrp xt race face

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by al moi a Racer from ottawa

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2002

Strengths:    strong, flex free, takes abuse

Weaknesses:    stupid off red anodized color looks more burgundy pink than red, the finish is not well done so the bar looks like it is "ruffled", i usualy dont care about this type of stuff, but when it's actua;y anoying, it's a whole nother ball game. i like it wide but there isiint room to cut the bar if you wanted it skinnier, unless your rocking single speed.

Bottom Line:   
iz ok, does what a bar should, busted up a hell bent just doing xc (xc out heres very rocky rooty dropy technical) and 4 footers (i ride everyday and i ride hard) so this bar hasent bent or given yet, will update when it does...

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Favorite Trail:   urbs/ xc

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   titec hellbent (that i bent), and a whole lotta (8yrs worth)flat bar...

Bike Setup:   FSR Ground Control Comp, 99, fox vanila r, zokes z3 100mm, azonic pdf bar, magura hs-33 brakes, sun rino lite rims, bontrager hubs, intense 2.5 in front, irc el gato 2.25 in rear, wellgo platform pedals, ac cranks with black spire guard, race face XY post with titec beserkr dh saddle, XT compo... just the way you want it

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Garson a Downhiller from WESTMASS!

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, stiff

Weaknesses:    too wide without room to cut

Bottom Line:   
They're fantastic bars. I wish I could cut 1/2" off each end to make for easier X-ups, but the extra width gives leverage on trails. If I break them, I'll get the normal PDW (without the sleeve) but until then, I'm stoked on the bars. Plus, Azonic has the sweep and rise just right, they're honestly the most comfortable bars you can buy. A damn good handlebar.

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Favorite Trail:   urban or big dirt jumps

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Peak Performance (LBS)

Similar Products Used:   most azonic bars, titec hellbent DH

Bike Setup:   Planet X JFC, Psylo SL tulio, Arrow rims, Hayes, CK headset, tioga stem, etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Linus Malm a Downhiller from Umea Sweden

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2002

Strengths:    Strenght, nice sweep and strenght!

Weaknesses:    Could have more space to fit grips

Bottom Line:   
It isn't the cheapest bar around, but on the otherside I never have to worry about my bars being bent if I crash..
Ofcourse the fact that they have THE perfect shape, that just feels soo good, might give Azonic a reason to take sucht a high price for these bars.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bike

Similar Products Used:   24/7 cromoly bars

Bike Setup:   Azonic ds1, chubby bars, shorty stem, grimeca system 12 (8"/6") brakes, Z1, mavic 521 cd with mobster front and gazza rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hormis Kalarickal a Downhiller from Raleigh NC

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2002

Strengths:    great bar allows for easy ups easy manuals easy on the eyes

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this bar is awesome the only thing is that you need the stem to accomidate it and it is well worth it

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Favorite Trail:   brown mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   pdw not the chubby but the skinny which is also an awesome bar

Bike Setup:   ellsworth specialist z-2 hammer stem chubby bar wtb2.4tires triple trap platforms etc....

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Paul a Downhiller from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2001

Strengths:    Strong to start off and has had some big gaps drops and jumps tolerated.
never bent just snapped!


Weaknesses:    OK now to the point, i bought this bar expecting it would last me at least over a year i bought it knowing it was a double wall D/H, D/S bar that could take wat ever u throw at it. the other day i was just cruisin on the road and decided to just give a quick manual but oh no the bar had to snap as soon as i lifted the bars. load of crap!
it was a clean snap to!
ok so i took it back to goldcross to see wat was the situation was wit the warrenty. nah sorry m8 cant give u warrenty on that cause u use it for thrashing's and d/s well if u cant do that with it then WTF are u sposed to do with it. so then i had to put up with buyin the same bar for a discount of 30bucks wat a load of F@cked up SH!t!!!!
my m8 in a diff bike shop is now goin to take it straight to a rep and he is more then sure it will have warrenty so stick that up ur ass goldcross!


Bottom Line:   
always go straight to the source for warrenty if the bike shop doesnt cause there in it for the money not the faults!!
also for those handle bar deigners make the bar to a certain point solid aluminium even if its a bit heavier at least it wont snap and i for one will buy it and so will many other riders out there!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Rob Roy

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Goldcross Cycles

Bike Setup:   planetx bommer xvert dc dual clamp hayes hydros azonic shorty chubby size. all the good stuff!

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