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I've had the On One Marys on my singlespeed for over a year now. Yesterday I stumbled onto an Origin 8 Space Bar for the 1x8. I'd have preferred to get a 2nd set of Mary's but at half the price I couldn't resist putting them on a bike I don't plan on riding all that much.

Here's the low down... I like the finish on the Mary's. The Space Bars look raw in comparison. Could be why they cost less. The bends are similar but not identical. The Mary is less forward (ummm, closer to the rider) as you can observe in the images below.

When I get a new SS I'll be giving Brant/On One my business.
 

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how'd he break it?
 

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In comparison to a flat bar, do either of them need the stem to be changed. On a moustache bar swap you usually replace with a shorter stem. Thanks
 

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In comparison to a flat bar, do either of them need the stem to be changed. On a moustache bar swap you usually replace with a shorter stem. Thanks
No stem swap needed. The hands are at the same distance of extension
 

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No stem swap needed. The hands are at the same distance of extension
Thanks for the reply. The bar looks great.
 

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No stem swap needed. The hands are at the same distance of extension
What are those 2 brackets mounted on the bars?
 

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What are those 2 brackets mounted on the bars?
They are plastic reflector brackets. I put a tie-wrap (aka zip tie) though and it holds the the numberplate solidly. I was bolting through my series plate, which is durable plastic, but the tie-wraps are quicker and easier.

Because of the less than straight across-ness of the Mary, I jerry-rigged it with the brackets. Two seasons with them so far and no issues.
 

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I have the Origin 8 bar, and I have not had any problems with it so far. I would have loved to get the Mary bar, but the Origin 8 bar cost me a third of the price shipped to my door step. I'm fairly wide in the shoulders, so I like the fact that the Origin 8 bar is a little wider. The money I saved will go to a new saddle and new shoes this winter. When you are on a budget you have to make cost/want analysis all the time.
 

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My wife runs an On One Mary bar. I also have the Origin 8.

My personal thoughts are:

1. The craftsmanship is marginal. I thought it looked a little funny so I took it to work and measured the rise and bend angles. The little bit of rise was dead on. The rest of the bends were off.
On One sent me a replacement. The replacement was better, but not perfect.

2. The Origin 8 is heavier, but the bends were spot on.

3. Both are what I consider "comfort" bars. They feel great, but aren't peformance items.

Over all, it is a no brainer to me. Even though Origin 8 stole the idea, they make a better product. Weight isn't a real issue. If you are racing, I suggest ditching both for something lighter and stronger.
 

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Both are what I consider "comfort" bars. They feel great, but aren't peformance items.
LOL. good thing opinons are worth what you paid for them.....
 
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