I still have the OEM handlebar: the classic Bontrager/Titec 118 flat bar, made of titanium.
I switched for an aluminum bar because I found that the titanium handlebar was too flexy for me (IÂ´m six foot six and weight about 310 pounds).
Anyway, I remember the first time I saw a MTB with a riser bar and bar ends, it was in the middle 90Â´s, in a Lizard Skins ad: an old GT RTS. I know itÂ´s a little odd, but it works great for me.
I purchased this bike in the middle of 1995, at my local Kona dealer (Pedal Power bike shop, SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil). Is was a full Deore XT bike, but it was improved year after year.
Few parts are still original: the Judy and Control Tech Stem came as a replacement since the bike was new (I simply didnÂ´t like the Marzzochi XC 600 and the quill stem), the rear wheel was gone completely im 1996 and the "new" one is a Deore LX hub, with Mavic 121 rim and Ritchey double butted spokes (strong enough for my weight, never was out of true).
Last year, when I visited the local bike shop, I saw a smaller 1995 Kula, untouched, immaculate:
Pretty cool huh??? It seems that this bike was completely forgotten in someoneÂ´s garage.
Thanks for all!