This is a 5 year follow up on these handlebars. What can say, these have got to be my favorite mountain biking part over just about everything I have used in the past 5 years. For their weight, these bars are unbelievable. I can not believe they don't make them anymore. They are great bars, awesome angles and sweep, great stiffness, durability (obvisously) and still awesome looks.
Bike Setup: These bars have been on about 9 bikes so far, currently on a Bullit
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 23, 2005
Strengths: strong, adjustable & yellow
Weaknesses: As below, getting stuff on is hard because of the paint thickness, getting bar ends on was impossible but I can live without them.
I bought this as a stopgap while I was looking for some carbon riser bars, mainly because it was cheap. Now I'm keeping it.
Main things I like are the absolute solidity of the thing, and the clear sweep for lights, speedos etc.
because of the 'D' shape of this bar it also lets you run two setups with a couple of minor adjutments. With knobblies I have it sat up like a riser bar for more height / shorter stem length. With slicks I set it down & forward to get an extra 2" extension and a lower riding position.
It might be a touch heavier than the alternatives, but when I'm putting a lot of bodyweight on the bars with no worries thats a price I'm happy to pay
Front: Marzocchi z.2 sun rhyno lite-XL w/ Velociraptor Cand Creek Direct Curve brakes King headset Profile stiffy stem Rear: Sun Rhyno Lite on Hugi hub carrying a Fire XC-Pro 2.1 Hope Endoro4disc brakes Thomson Elite seatpost, etc etc
from Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2000
Strengths: stiff, I have used a different riser bar for the past two years, and just figured out where the flex in my front end came from
Weaknesses: heavy, if that is a problem, drink one less beer friday night.
This thing rocks. You can actually centre your lights on your handle bar. It also has enough room in the centre for your computer and heart rate monitor. So, no looking from side to side for data. This bar is stiffer than any straight bar that I have tried, and at 19.00 at their website, what more can you say? I am still getting used to the bend, but on my second lap out on them, I found I was starting to get comfortable with them. Could be a little lighter, but, I think there are better places to lose weight then on a handlebar...
Bike Setup: Giant ATX 890, Race Face seatpost, crank. XT groupo, Rockshox Sid XC, Hayes disks, Chris King hubs, Mavic Rims
a Weekend Warrior
from Warrenton VA
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2000
Strengths: EVERYTHING. No other handlebar on earth should ever be made again. STIFF, STIFF, STIFF, oh and STIFF. wide, nice color (YELLOW) GOOD welds (yeah it has welds), not as heavy as I expected, nice bend, awesome looks
Weaknesses: heavy for people who wish they could climb without gravity. ->Go ride on the moon. Heard it would work better.
Hard to get stuff on it (brakes, shifters) cause of paint (thick layer of it). Ringle should make this thing anodized!
This product RULES. I am still trying to find something bad about but I can't even IMAGINE any default this product has.
It's the stiffest thing I have ever seen, You could stand a 250lb guy on the ends of this handlebar and it still wouldn't bend. It also makes a lot of people frown when you tell em it's 480gs, heh, that's heavier than 2 flexy handlebars, but it works better than 5 of em welded together. Put little stumpies on the end and it's awesome to climb on. The bend on this thing is EXCELLENT for climbing if you decide to put stumpies on it. Also, get it yellow, it'll get everyone's attention, even when you walk in to those fancy bike stores that have seen it all. This product has gone long time unnoticed, it's a dam shame. Go get it for 19 dols at their web site. I hate promoting but it's just a deal of a lifetime....
I would give it 6 chillies but MTBR won't let me :)