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I'm looking for some opinions on the Mary bars. Specifically, how are they for steep climbing and technical rock and root riding? I'm intrigued by the unique bend, but the 300 gram weight (is that what they really weigh?) is throwing me off. I'm trying to decide between a fairly conventional riser bar with 8 degrees of sweep or going for the more radical bend of the Mary. The Mary would weigh about 1/4 pound more and I must confess to being somewhat of a weight weenie. On the other hand, comfort and power generation usually trump weight if the unique bend really makes that big of a difference. The bars will go on a SS Rig. Thanks for the insight.
 

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I put a mary on my pug. I've been on one ride and am not sure what to think of it. I hated in the first ten minutes, but at the end of the ride my hands felt so much better. It feels a little funny at first, the handling to me felt quicker. I need to ride it a bit more before I decide completely, but I assume the more I use it the more I will like it.
 

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I've had a Mary for a couple of months and my first impression was that it would freak out my wrists. Climbing with it is more pleasure than pain. I feel like I'm using more muscle groups (pecs) when I pull up on the bar for climbing. For twisty singletrack and flatout hauling azz on the trail, maybe a straight or riser bar wins. The Mary forces my elbows in and when I'm trying to put the power down it affects my breathing while a flat/riser bar can let my elbows extend out and opens up the breathing. My two cents, but I still have them on my SS and will keep them there for all the good reasons.
 

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I think I have slightly less power for SS climbing (out of the saddle) than on a flat bar with bar ends, but a LOT more than a flat bar without them. And it's way more comfortable, with no need to constantly shift hand positions in rolling terrain. Also it's lighter than most bar+end setups anyway. I don't think the hand position is perfect (i would prefer a few degrees more sweep, I think) but it's pretty good. I have Mary on both my SS and my full boinger.
 

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Must be my anatomy, but I had to take Mary off after only a mile and a half ride. It felt like my wrists were getting bent to the outside. Totally uncomfortable. I'm happy with my Salsa Pro Moto 11 degree bend w/ Cane Creek Ergo bar ends. Works great for me.
 

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Must be my anatomy, but I had to take Mary off after only a mile and a half ride. It felt like my wrists were getting bent to the outside. Totally uncomfortable. I'm happy with my Salsa Pro Moto 11 degree bend w/ Cane Creek Ergo bar ends. Works great for me.
Another victim of impatience and improper positioning.

More Marys for me!

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I prefer the H-Bars to the Mary bars. I felt like the Mary was too narrow by comparison, though it is just barely so according to the specs. Right now I've got a Salsa 11 degree bar on my geared bike. I'm taking it out tomorrow for the maiden voyage with this setup.
 

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Just do it. They are amazing. I have them on my Monkey and I will never ride anything else. And 1/4 pound? Come one! Are you racing for serious money? If you are don't ride them, if not, have another PBR and throw on the Mary's. You will love them.
 

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I have them on three bikes,haro mary, kelly deluxe,and a five spot.I have some eastons and azonic and titec bars in the parts bin.one of my friends will need them someday
 

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I have Mary bars on two bikes; my cargo bike and my XXIX+G.

I liked them on my cargo bike as soon as I rode them, but I almost alway ride that bike seated. This means my arms are almost always at the same angle to the bars.

On my XXIX+G I still have some adjustments to work out and have only put about 50 miles on the bike/bars all told. Because of this I haven't totally decided whether I like the Marys or not but I can offer a couple observations.

When seated, the bars feel very natural as I have them setup now. Because of the rather extreme angle compared to a typical riser or flat mtb bar, they feel rather different when riding out of the saddle. Maybe I'm just not used to them yet, but when I'm out of the saddle climbing a hill or riding rough stuff, I don't feel like I have the same leverage and control as with the ~5 deg riser bar I'm more used to. So, a definite not-sure-yet on the mtb.
 

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Had 'em on my 26", and once I flipped them, it was revelatory. I won't own a bike without them.
 

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Another vote for them....have them on four bikes. They are stiff and heavy, but I love the position.

Angle them down to the tips point at about the rear axle.
 

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I love mine. for me the just fell right. tonight I took my 26er with a riser bar on it out for a spin and I hated it. I will have to get a set for it now. I find that my shoulders don't hurt as much and they are great for standing up and hammering it. 1/4lbs is nothing, you get that much dirt on your bike every ride.
 

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I prefer the Mary bar

I have one on my Haro Mary SS a couple mm above my seat slightly tilted down. Seated riding straight, standing climb, standing tight twisty is comfortable and responsive. Seated tight twisty feels a little hesitant. They provide good control when sliding back behind the seat on decents.

My previous bikes had 24" flatbars. The Mary's 26" wide which surprised me because it feels narrower. My two outside fingers have hit several trees and not caused me to fall because the greater angle lets it slide by more easily.

Bar mounted light needs a pretty wide horizontal swivel.
 

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My Mary weighs 315g or 325g I seem to recall. Nice width for geared riding, stiffer and lessliekly to slip than the same-sweep trekking bars I adore on street/beach 29"ers. Too much rise for me though, and flipping them makes them too low for most of us, though much nicer looking.
 

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ABRider said:
I'm looking for some opinions on the Mary bars. Specifically, how are they for steep climbing and technical rock and root riding? I'm intrigued by the unique bend, but the 300 gram weight (is that what they really weigh?) is throwing me off. I'm trying to decide between a fairly conventional riser bar with 8 degrees of sweep or going for the more radical bend of the Mary. The Mary would weigh about 1/4 pound more and I must confess to being somewhat of a weight weenie. On the other hand, comfort and power generation usually trump weight if the unique bend really makes that big of a difference. The bars will go on a SS Rig. Thanks for the insight.
If .... there wern't such a thing as Jones H-bars then I would probably still be using Mary.

What put me onto them was this.....

Stand relaxed with your feet about shoulder width apart, your arms hanging loosely and naturally at your sides. Look down at your hands and the angle they are in relation to straight forward.

Most peoples hands hang at an angle of about 35 to 45 degrees pointing inwards.
Now if you slowly lift your arms .. still relaxed ...you will see that your hands are naturally at just the right angle to grip a set of bars like the Mary or H-Bar without unnaturally turning or twisting your wrists.

This relaxed and natural grip position helps in your riding and control of the bike. :thumbsup:

Mary is a very good handlebar...but the Jones Ti H-bar is better.. :D

R.
 

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On my first ride with my Marys, I swapped with a buddy because he wanted to try them out. Even after just a few miles, his riser bars felt horribly uncomfortable and un-ergonomic--my wrists felt way to cocked forward. Mine are on a MC29er.

Eric
 

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Love the Mary's. when I occasionally switch bikes with some of my flat-bar riding buddies, it feels horribly unnatural and awkward. They rock. but I agree with glowboy, they could use even more sweep and maybe an inch more width to optimize standing climbing.
 

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I ran old Bontragers with Scott bar ends on the multi before getting a Rig. I instantly loved the position even without bar ends. I did nip my pinkies on the occasional tree the first few rides. Midway through the season I trimmed Mary down about 2 cm on each side for a present width of 60cm/23.5" which seems to suit me better for dodging trees. I still get good leverage for climbing. Granted our climing here is sort of a short power hill vs miles of up-hill fire road like I used to do between Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.

There's gotta be someone where you are that could let you ride their Mary bars for a little bit to let you judge for yourself. Just ask.
 
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