Strengths: Multiple Hand Positions, Stength, Control
Weaknesses: Not ideal for any shifters even when using Thumbies (takes away best hand positon)
Only use this handlebar for single speed bikes. You will not be happy if you try to add shifters.
a Weekend Warrior
from Berthoud, CO
Date Reviewed: October 8, 2010
Strengths: Ergonomics, multiple hand positions, great leverage
Weaknesses: Not readily compatible with modern shifters
Funky looking but oh-so comfy. They actually handle technical terrain very well. Great on longer rides. The only real down-side is that they are fairly limited in the shifters that can be used. Paul Thumbies + barcons work great, but obviously that is not everyone's cup of tea. No problem using them on single speeds.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2009
Strengths: Didn't break them
Weaknesses: Never got used to them
I read all the reviews, checked out the Jeff Jones website and went and bought a set of these bars knowing that this was going to be the best set of handlebars ever. Didn't work that way. Although it took about 30 minutes to get used to the bars my hands, forearms and back were killing me. It seemed to require more hand strength to hang on to the bars and my position on the bike was much different. Seemed to push me back farther and although this was good going downhill that was the only time. Maybe I have spent too much time on motox bikes and flat type bars that this didn't work for me. I thought the bar end things on these bars were too close together and too far forward to be comfortable even on long climbs. Went back to regular riser bars and ergon grips and will never look back.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2009
Strengths: Comfort, control
Weaknesses: Heavy, but well worth it.
The J Bars felt strange at first, but it took about half of a ride to adapt. It is hard for me to go back and ride my other bikes with "normal" bars. The J-bar eliminates the pain in my wrists and elbows. I plan to put them on all my bikes. They pretty much only work with Shimano dual control shifters. I love dual-control, but not everybody does.
Bike Setup: monocog 29er, bb7s, hbars, stuffed hedgehog, f-bomb bell.
a Cross Country Rider
from Lincoln, NE
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2008
Strengths: Product review also for the "J" bar (H bar without the rise bend) -- Seems strong enough - light for how strong it seemed
Weaknesses: Never felt right-see below
Never felt right to me. I ran a twist shift/ Avid SD7 combo which I know is not ideal for these bars. I got it to work, but wasn't great. Shifters & brake levers were too far apart but beside that I just never could get used to and/or liked the hand position provided by this bar. Furthermore, I tried switching hand locations on the bar but never thought any of the additional hand locations were really viable options. I put this on my utility bike because I really wanted to enhance the comfort of this ride and I'm not concerned with weight on this bike. I really wanted to like them but never could. If I ever build up a SS MTB I might try them on that. I also probably could've tried some different stem combos but just didn't think it was worth it. I hate to withold too many flaming terds because I know bars are such a personal preference thing and the bars seem to be made well, but they just didn't live up to the hype for me.
Strengths: This is a review for the newer "J-Bar" model.
Upgrades over the older "H-Bar":
-modern 31.8 clamp diameter
-center section is a flatbar rather than the riser thing, more like the original Jones H-Bar. In my opinion, the flatbar offers a more useful central hand position.
-The lower extensions fit full-size ODI grips with the brake levers mounted just above the central bar, on the bottom of the upper extensions. This still allows for comfy 2- or 3-finger braking
-the bars seem strong enough, but only time will tell.
Like the older model and the Jeff Jones model, the extensions on this bar allow for several alternative hand positions, which will reduce wrist fatigue and offer more comfortable positions for various on-bike activities
Weaknesses: -I don't know if this qualifies as a weakness, but part of why I ordered these for my SS was to see if bar-con shifters would fit into any of the ends on the bar. They don't.
-That being said, it'd be difficult to run shifters on this set-up. I know a lot of people suggest the shimano dual-controls, where the brake lever blade doubles as a shifter, but this isn't always conveneint depending on your gear/brake selection. Another option is paul's thumbies with shimano bar-cons mounted, but most technophiles won't go for that.
-The bar is kind of heavy, but it has to be, considering all of the extra material. Given that, they're actually kinda light.
These bars are well-finished and seem to be well made. I've got them mounted to a Titec Rip 3d Gold Stem, and it's a nice piece of kit, too. I've run the stem for a while, and it's made to last; I've no reason to believe the J-Bar will fail anytime soon, but I'll update the review if it does.
There's a bit of a learning curve in terms of actually using all of the positions, but as I put miles in, I tend to use more of them more often. I had considered putting on a longer stem, but I figured I'd try them as-is before I switched anything. With the top/forward extensions, I don't feel a need to switch just yet, but your experiences may vary. Personally, I like a short reach to the bar in most conditions, and having the central/flat location where it is, and the forward spots as well, I don't think i'd like a longer stem.
These replaced a easton EA70 flatbar, and it's nice to have the other positions. In my opinion, it just looks cooler than the flatbar, but a lot of people think they look ridiculous. Whatever; aesthetics aren't the best reason to buy a component, but most people do factor it in. That being said, the J-Bar is way heavier than the EA70, but it's also comfier and more functional.
Overall, I'm glad I got the bars, and I'd recommend them to anyone with a SS or some flexibility in their shifting/braking selections.
Similar Products Used: Nothing, really. Flat bars with bar-ends, I guess. I run risers on my other mountain bike.
Bike Setup: 29er Singlespeed/Fixed with rim brakes and fat knobbies. 32t/19t free, 32t/15t fixed.
a Cross Country Rider
from Mountain City,GA,USA
Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007
Strengths: Great design courtesy of Mountain Bike Guru Jeff Jones.....1st rule is form follows function
Weaknesses: crazy looking...people are going to stare!
Im not going to ramble but this is MY OPINION, everyone has diffrent tastes. I have been intrigued by Jeff Jones's approach to bicycle design and since I cant afford one of his bikes I decided to try the H bar. It makes perfect sense to me from an ergonomic standpoint to rotate the wrists to this position....its more comfortable for me and aids in soaking up the bumps and such on the front of the bike. The biggest diffrence that I wasnt expecting is while climbing. The bars are further back, easy to hold at your side and the adjusted position allows more leverage while pulling up. In other words it made climbing more enjoyable ,Im not going to say easier. While descending on the bike I noticed a huge diffrence in control, The bars put back further and therefore make the bike more stable going downhill. What else do I need to say except that theres more than one way to skin a cat....H bars seem to give alot of advantages thru a simple inexpensive design. Thanks Titec/Mr. Jones.