On-One Midge Handlebar

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Overall drop: 112mm centre/centre
  • Sweep forward: 64.5mm centre/centre
  • Flare at ends: 113deg
  • ID at ends: 19.8mm

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aumboy a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2015

Strengths:    Many ergonomic holds. Lots of leverage. Look great. I put these on my road, cross, and town bikes. I LOVE THEM!

Weaknesses:    Um... I guess they are a little wide, but that's a strength. A little hard to find.

Bottom Line:   
I started out with a set of these on my Surly Crosscheck. I love them there, but when I got into gravel riding (Volagi) I put a set on that bike too. I run them with cross/inline brakes, and they give me so many options for holds, from the drops, tops, hoods, etc. I love getting down on them - I can rest my forearms on the tops and get a great hold on the hoods for head-down hauling, but they are also awesome for touring and offer so many hand positions. I love them!

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Duration Product Used:   couple years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Planet X?

Similar Products Used:   Regular old drop bars. Even compact bars are no competition for the Midge.

Bike Setup:   Volagi Liscio, Volagi Viaje, Surly Crosscheck, Scott MTB.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Holmes a Weekend Warrior from Colorado

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2010

Strengths:    Perfect for general purpose riding / light trail duty.

Weaknesses:    Too funky for some. Generally requires some tweakage for most mtn bikes (shorter / higher stem).

Bottom Line:   
I've used these for all day road / dirt road rides and mild single track. As an all-around bar they are fantastic. A bit hard on the back if you don't get them high enough. Very secure riding in the hooks on bumpy descents. Multiple hand positions are welcome on long rides.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Milwaukee Cyclery

Bike Setup:   Karate Monkey (SS and geared w/ barcons).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sorcerer a Cross Country Rider from Cupertino CA USA

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2009

Strengths:    Mounted on my Ti cyclocross bike they are good for all around riding, on the roads, fireroads, and mild singletrack, and great for climbing steep trail and steep road, standing and seated. All of this with comfortable ergonomics. Ridgid. Comfy width. Good on a cross bike, commuter, or touring bike. The width shines when you are doing weird movements on the trail in tight turns climbing and on switchbacks where the knees do not hit the drops like they would with traditional drop bars, and also when sawing the bike side too side climbing out of the seat on a steep grade. The last point makes them good for a single-speed cross/touring bike config. My bike is set-up for mixed touring.

Weaknesses:    Not legal for cross racing. On the heavy side. Width makes them awkward in some riding situations (such as narrow gates, doors etc.), some bike rack problems, hook stuff in the small garage, and so on. The 25.4 dia standard mine came in is good, but imposes on the build. Not as aero as a regular road drop bar. Make the bar-cons stick out and scuff on things.

Bottom Line:   
These Midge bars by On One are exactly what I was hoping for. I did not anticipate all of the negatives listed, but they are small things compared to the comfort. I am a mountain biker really and I would not recommend the Midge for mountain biking. For light trail usage on a cross bike, this is great. To make them work on gnarlier trails, with a long travel susp. fork you would need to raise these bars so high they would look wrong and the center bar and hood position would be ludicrous for trail riding if you asked me. These are not bars for weight weenies. If I were to go touring on dirt roads, like the Continental Divide, I wouldn't use these either. These are for long day rides where you are going to connect pavement with dirt along the way. I have to say that traditional drop bars are probably better for me for pure road riding, with parallel grips in the drops. This conclusion is from many miles on a tandem riding in mountains. If regular drops work on a tandem, the Midge would be overkill, and the width would make the tandem even more awkward around tight situations. Bottom line, these are very comfortable to ride with in moderate trail conditions, and I found I needed to mount them slightly higher than regular drops and a slightly shorter steem, 1-2 cm. each direction.

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Favorite Trail:   Coe

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Pretty much all sorts of bars. Here my application is a cross bike. If I were cross racing I would use a Salsa Bell Lap or something from Nitto (for strength). Been road riding a lot in my life and have used many traditional drop bars.

Bike Setup:   9 speed Shimano bar con shifters. 850 mm TTT 20. Dean steel ridgid cross-fork. Avid road BB7 disc brake. Tires usually slicks, but often narrow knobbies. King HS. Performance cross-top levers (chicken brakes. Bontrager select wheels. Custom DEAN Ti frame. Cantilver rear brake (may eventually put on a V-brake to make wheel change easier).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jomoj a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2008

Strengths:    Superb ergonomics, nice finish, reasonable price, unusual looks.

Weaknesses:    25.4 clamp diameter means you need to use shims to fit a road stem. Maybe just a touch too flared out, will be too wide for some.

Bottom Line:   
A great example of thinking outside the proverbial. They look strange to eyes accustomed to regular handlebars but all it takes is a quick ride to realise what a great idea these are. The bend places the hoods and bar in great position for comfort, with the contact area for your hands being spread across a larger area plus good leverage on the brake levers.
The short drops are nice for descending and keep the levers nice and close to the bar too.

They might be a little wide and flared out for some folk used to traditional drops or flats but if you can get past the odd looks then these are a extremely practical solution

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   on-one uk

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Biomax drop bar

Bike Setup:   Planet-X Kaffenback, Ultegra 27 spd build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Simola a Cross Country Rider from Philadelphia

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2006

Strengths:    Wide diameter for stability and balance on the trails. Narrower flat for aerodynamics at speed. Ability to generate bliss in rider.

Weaknesses:    Not UCI legal width for cyclocross, they don't offer a clamp diameter for road stems. a little scary on steep downhills if drops are set too low.

Bottom Line:   
I initially bought these bars when toying around with my bike as a commuter, and was skeptical about their utility on the trails. Despite the snide looks of XC bikers on the trails, these bars provide fantastic stability and confidence on the trails, especially for climbing - forget those lame bar ends. The only issue is on steep downhills: you don't want to ride the hoods or flats since those positions are too narrow, so you need to decide whether to raise the bars to make the drops position at a comparable height to a standard flat bar. If you are comfortable on narrower flats you should consider some interruptor levers (a la 'cross).

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Ribbon Trail, Norwich VT

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   on-one

Similar Products Used:   standard flat bar and various road bars

Bike Setup:   1999 Cannondale F3000 with XTR, Selle Italia carbonio saddle, eggbeaters, Diacompe 287V brake levers, avid mech brakes, dura ace drop bar shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by haspok a Cross Country Rider from Budapest, Hungary

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2006

Strengths:    - Unbelievably comfortable after using dummy flat bars, especially during climbs.
- Combined with the (in)famous Diacompe 287V, you get a superb climbing machine with 2 distinct hand positions, and both are - I cannot stress this enough - awesome. And the best thing is that you have access to the brake levers in both positions. And you also get three other hand positions (thats the biggest advantage of drop bars over flat bars). You've got to try it to believe it!

Weaknesses:    - The diameter of the bars is road standard, which means you are in trouble if you need to put your MTB brake levers / shifters on. This doesn't apply to the SS crowd though :-)
- Also grips are hard to find, but you can always use your roadie tape spares...

Bottom Line:   
This is it - this is the bar I've been looking for ever since I started my cycling "career". Order it today - it's like a religion, it will change your life forever :-)
There is only one catch, and it's the geometry - you will very likely need to change your stem, and / or rise it a few inches. It's a shallow drop bar indeed, but it still has about 100mm drop. You may even need a stem riser.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   On-One direct

Similar Products Used:   Drop bars on road bikes, but nothing quite like the Midge on MTBs

Bike Setup:   On-One Inbred 29er SS

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