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 Post subject: MTB Touring bar choices?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:32 pm 
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So far I've come up with

- Straight bar with 'ergo' grips and bar ends (cheapest)

- bullmoose or cow horns (not a lot different from above)
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/handlebars/ ... ver-545mm/

- butterfly bars (how the heck do you assess the required stem length?!)
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/handlebars/ ... ver-590mm/

Any other options? What have folk used for two week plus tours?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:42 pm 
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http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=258143


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:21 pm 
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I started with short bar ends and quickly went to long x lites. Lots of choice of position. When you're on it for 5/6 hours you need as many as you can get.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:05 am 
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Definitely something with a choice of hand positions. Something with a good amount of backsweep also makes a big difference.

I run On-One Marys on the tandem, although it's impossible to find a pair of bar-ends that fit due to the extreme angle. I miss the bar ends.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:27 pm 
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Splatter Paint wrote:
- Straight bar with 'ergo' grips and bar ends (cheapest)

- bullmoose or cow horns (not a lot different from above)

- butterfly bars (how the heck do you assess the required stem length?!)

What have folk used for two week plus tours?


For 2 week tours, use whatever you have already. You can't go too wrong and there's always time to change for the next time if the experience was not good.

From experience, if it works for you, the straight bars with ergonomic grips is the easiest. The bullmoose might stretch you too much in a mtb. The butterfly bars are pretty good because they shorten the distance to the saddle and allows you to cycle more upright. But the foam grip is a pain to replace if it breaks (you can use tape but it doesn't last long either), and if you use a handlebar bag you might have to buy an extension to install it into the handlebar. Also, if you need to fly, it's more cumbersome to fit into a box, although nothing huge.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:51 pm 
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I recently bought a set of these to try them out, rather then spending £30 plus on genuine ergons: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1Pair-Ergon-B ... SwbqpTuk4T

I'm quite pleased with them for the price, they do give you an alternative hand position, even if they do look a bit goofy.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:15 pm 
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I've always found straight riser bars (mtb type) with Ergon GP3 bar ends as the ideal combination of comfort and variety for touring. I've seen the butterfly bars and they just look faintly ridiculous, can't see what they offer.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:59 pm 
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Scott AT4's offer loads of positions and are great for touring I've found. AT4 Pro's might be a bit extreme though.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:01 pm 
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Only thing missing is bar ends :lol: .

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:13 pm 
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Used BBB multibar for 3-4 years, worked perfectly:
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8; ... 5B352%5D=1

oversized version also available:
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8; ... 5B352%5D=1

You can combine it with real leather cover (very comfortable I have it):
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8; ... ;orderby=3

Or with the simple foam version (cheap, but a bit smelly after 2 years):
https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8; ... ;orderby=2

see my signature for sample.


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