Chromag Announces Redesigned Alloy Bars for 2020

Feb 24, 2020
by Chromag Bikes  
Chromag OSX Bars 2020


PRESS RELEASE: Chromag

We launched our first alloy handlebar in 2003. At the time it was one of the widest bars on the market at 720mm. The OSX developed soon after and the width of the bars increased. We've kept the geometry of the OSX the same over the years because it just works and feels right to us. Coming up with new graphics for our bars has always been a fun part of the design for us as well as using a lot of different colours and finishes.

2020 marks the fruition of several new features and advancements resulting from new design ideas, new technologies in fabrication, and expanded capabilities of our manufacturing facilities.


Chromag OSX Bars 2020 - Gold
We've brought the gold OSX back for 2020

For 2020 the OSX has seen a major overhaul, with several updates and significant improvements in feel, strength-to-weight and overall performance. We’ve retained the essence of OSX geometry with a 25mm rise, a 5° upsweep and an 8° backsweep; however the length has increased to 800mm. By refining the shape, and utilising variable butting, high grade alloys and advanced heat treatment techniques, we have increased the fatigue life by over 50%. So much so, that we’ve seen fatigue test results reach over 1 million cycles.

HTX - Advanced Heat Treatment
The term heat treatment gets thrown around a lot, but most of the time the word consistency doesn’t come along with it. Depending on the batch an individual bar might be subjected to vastly different temperatures during the process. HTX ditches the disparity and provides uniform, quality heat treatment on every single bar.

Chromag OSX Bars 2020

Refined Tube Shape
A longer, more progressive taper between diameters reduces stress risers through the dimensional transitions. By increasing the tapered sections and using a larger radius we have inherently built more strength into the shape of the OSX.

Chromag OSX Bars 2020
New green ano for the 2020 OSX

7000 Series Aluminum Alloy
We use aerospace-grade aluminum to achieve our required properties of strength and toughness, with added resistance to stress and corrosion.

Variable Butted
Variable butted wall thickness optimises strength in areas where needed, while maintaining flex for a great overall feel and optimised weight.

Chromag OSX Bars 2020

The original standard-setting Chromag bar, refined… now in its 8th iteration!
31.8mm clamp
800mm wide, 5° upsweep, 8° backsweep
25mm rise
7000 series alloy with variable butted wall profile featuring advanced heat treatment

OSX 35
Our burliest alloy bar has improved again with construction and material updates plus the addition of a 35mm rise option. The new OSX35 features a variable butted profile increasing strength where needed, through the bends, while adding compliance for a better feel and fatigue life several times the current accepted standard. It’s the bar of choice for riders at high levels who are fitting to a 35mm interface and need the highest quality and performance from an alloy bar.

Chromag OSX 35 Bars 2020

Chromag OSX 35 Bars 2020
OSX 35 bar with the BZA stem

35mm clamp version of our OSX layout
800mm wide, 5° upsweep, 8° backsweep
Available in 25mm and 35mm rise
7000 series alloy with variable butted wall profile featuring advanced heat treatment

FU40
For 2020 the FU40 sees improvements in outside shape, with longer, more progressive tapers, our new Variable Butting Technology, and improved Advanced Heat Treatment process.


With more height up front the FU40 offers a position many riders are looking for today. Our new forming methods, material and heat treatment technologies make the FU40 one of the strongest, most reliable handlebars on the market today without sacrificing feel or being over weight. In short the FU40 packs in all the same tech as the OSX, but with more rise.

31.8mm clamp
800mm wide, 5° upsweep, 8° backsweep
40mm rise
7000 series alloy with variable butted wall profile featuring advanced heat treatment

Chromag FU40 Bars 2020
FU40 bar with the Ranger stem

Visit chromagbikes.com for more info.


84 Comments

  • 61 4
 Where the hell is the real chrome?!
  • 23 9
 Not an environmentally-friendly coating choice; difficult and expensive to get done properly these days.
  • 9 0
 I have one of the older black chrome bars. Looks great, but it’s not durable under clamps and grips it looks like crap. It’s semi retired on my ti hardtail
  • 4 0
 @Honda750: The black chrome fubars were peak chromag.The clear peeled, but they actually looked okay after all the clear coat peeled off
  • 34 30
 @delamar: sounds like a perfect handlebar for an E-bike, not environmentally friendly and expensive!
  • 37 9
 @drivereight: I don't have an E-bike but I recognize they are more environmentally friendly than shuttling or driving 1-3 hours to ride a chairlift...
  • 3 1
 Whoever can come out with a 60mm rise street bar will have money coming from me.
  • 1 0
 @GeorgiePorgy: Deity has a high rise bar in 50mm or 80mm...
  • 2 0
 @GeorgiePorgy: Nashbar has some 60mm bars on sale. I just got one for the singlespeed I use for carting my son around and occasionally pretending to ride trials.
  • 1 0
 @GeorgiePorgy: NS Bikes Proof or District, Alloy or Cromo
  • 6 4
 @drivereight: Dont ever compare Chromag to anything involving an Ebike ever again.
  • 1 1
 I logged in just to ????that
  • 1 0
 There were QC issues according the the guy at the LBS. I was gonna get chrome bars and stem for my Rootdown build, but ended up having to get black bars.
  • 1 0
 @skerby: good to know, they’ll look decent when all that peels off! They sure looked the shizz when I got them, and they look pretty sweet with my anodized purple stem!!
  • 1 1
 FU40 FTW!
  • 1 0
 @eastonsmith: do you know that for a fact? If you have numbers on this, I'd appreciate you sharing them.
  • 22 0
 Buy gold bars to hedge against market fluctuations
  • 3 0
 That's some solid advice right there.
  • 19 1
 can we all take a moment to appreciate the name "fubars" its just awesome.
  • 23 13
 Cool! How about top it with a lighter and narrower bar for kids with a clear "up to 70kg rider limitation"? like 720 bar at 220-250g?
  • 11 0
 That's a pretty cool idea, but is there a market for it? most kids I see on bikes ride BigBoxSpecialsTM. It would require some awesome parents for a market to exist.
  • 3 0
 Yes! My daughter needs an upgrade from her shimmed Answer flat carbon bar.
  • 3 0
 Yes and a smaller OD at the ends for smaller padded grips for smaller hands.
(Chromag already makes the best kids platform with lowest Q-factor)
  • 6 9
 @T4THH: I don't know, just bought a 24" frame from a dude who had at least 6 kids bikes in his cellar and none of his own was a Yeti. I mean, he was not some bigshot with two Teslas in the backyard. Their pedals are not cheap, yet I often see them. I am now going to order a kids crankset from Trailcraft - 140mm with 28t and BB for 160$. It starts growing. Sunrace does 30$ 152 cranks, but that's for a teenager for 26" bike.
  • 4 8
flag WAKIdesigns (Feb 24, 2020 at 7:19) (Below Threshold)
 @laksboy: I am getting ESI race edge, will cut them down.
  • 4 0
 @laksboy: SDG does this!
  • 2 0
 @T4THH: I'm seeing that market start to show up alot. Some of the kids bikes and equipment I've seen on the trail just amazes me.
  • 4 7
 @5afety3rd: do you have their stuff? Would you recommend it?
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: daughter runs their kids seat and really likes it. She has spoon grom grips and wants different ones, wider like her dirt bike and bmx have.
  • 1 0
 @ICKYBOD: Most of the kids on the trails that I've seen are running some sweet Semi-retro bikes due to them fitting nicely. Or a little something that all UK riders know called a Carrera Vengeance.
  • 1 0
 @5afety3rd: I have 2 sets of the SDG bars.
@WAKIdesigns : Yes I would recommend the bars. The pedals are OK, not nearly as sweet as the Chromag's. The seat is good too.
  • 3 5
 @T4THH: not sure what you mean? Are we too posh for you? My enduro bike costed easily 3,5k, my dj 1k, my commuter 500€, my wives fully 2k, is there something wrong with my kids bike costing 1k? Do you get angry when you see a kid on 2k 24” fully?
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I respect that you drop that much on your kids bike. My whole fleet is under £2k overall
  • 4 6
 @T4THH: I respect that... I never asked for a medal for how much I spend on bikes
  • 3 0
 @T4THH: It's only been the last couple years that I've noticed it- but as an example just this weekend I saw a couple of kids on Kona Honzo Jrs with suspension forks, all geared up with pads, etc. I was so jealous for my wasted youth.
  • 1 0
 Pretty big boy if it weights 70kg....
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: "Do you get angry when you see a kid on 2k 24” fully?" I get jealous, when I have grandkids, they shall be well equiped.
  • 1 0
 @T4THH: My son would benefit from this, and I'd buy a set for sure if they made them.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns:
Don't know about availability across the pond but Protaper J-Unit bars are narrower at 680mm but have thinner grips and pretty decent weight.
  • 1 0
 Is there a market for expensive aftermarket kids bikes components?
Because there is no shortage of good, inexpensive, light bars with shorter widhts in the XC section of every large retailer.
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: It's not about widths. It's about a smaller bar OD so smaller hands can adequately hold on with minimal effort. What if your adult handlebars were the diameter of a can of beer with a koozy on it for padding? Think about the hand fatigue that would induce. The smaller diameter bars also have a much softer flex, because a 40-80 lb grom needs more compliance. There's the SDG bars and the J-Unit bars. I bought the SDG set-up for my 5 YO and then my 11YO tried them and stole them, so I had to buy another set. Once you look at your kids hands trying to grip an adult size bar its obvious.
  • 2 0
 Oops, was going to point out the SDG stuff but Laksboy beat me to it. It's a pretty cool setup.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I run a SDG duster saddle. It’s been good to my bum.
  • 2 0
 @ICKYBOD: Yeah, check out Spawn bikes or Early Rider. They're making great stuff for kids. I just got a used early rider for my 4-year-old and it weighs 13 lbs! He loves ripping around the little pump track near our home and I can't wait to see him try this new ride.
  • 9 0
 Chromag anything will do. I was wishing for a 35mm in Green, that new colour is sweet I will be buying one.
  • 1 0
 That green is sweet. I might just have to buy a 31.5mm stem so I can run the OSX in green (it'll 800mm now so no reason not to).

Should I match with a green stem or go gold or black to contrast?
  • 1 0
 @eh-steve: Ranger stem in that military green was my choice I don't like flashy coloured stems i get distracted easy
  • 7 0
 Hey Chromag, I like you a lot.
  • 5 2
 I do like how it says "7050" right on the bars and pinkbike keeps repeating 7000 series in the text... because you know...reading is hard. They don't say exactly which temper of 7050 is used but this would be an example of one that actually is used for aircraft parts...

www.matweb.com/search/datasheet.aspx?MatGUID=a8298bba8d02486c97c06990a3c215d9
  • 1 0
 So Poisson's ratio doesn't have anything to do with poisonous fish? I can't make out whether my 2014 is 7050 enough or if it's the other way round, or neither
  • 1 0
 I've enjoyed my OSX bars in the past, and have even gifted them to a few hard-charging friends. However, the shotpeened finish of these and many bars don't allow us to effectively use regular slide on grips (read: more comfortable, inexpensive, and less plastic waste grips). Would be awesome to see a polished grip area, so that any grip can be easily used.
  • 1 1
 I think shotpeened is better if you use grip glue.
  • 1 0
 Too wide and not tall enough. I went to a 760 wide 50mm high deity bar and it's incredibly comfortable. I'm 5-10. Tried longer and lower bars and didn't feel right. Taller people will have varied experiences of course. It can always be cut, but if it's designed for 800 i would want to be sure it wasn't insanely stiff at 760
  • 1 0
 I would actually consider buying these for my fully.. too expensive for my taste though. Nice to see FEM at work. And, a question for @Chromagbikes : was the heat treating really that bad? I can't imagine that there were /sooo many/ different temps in the heat treatment oven. Were the earlier bars being roasted on a campfire?
  • 2 0
 Love Chromag stuff,was a bit suprised in the shop in whistler last year,that the stuff was actually cheaper to buy in the UK.Go figure?
  • 3 0
 Whistler markup probably. Also the canadian dollar is shit.
  • 2 0
 @skerby: spot on
  • 6 3
 @chromagbikes - Shame there is no 12 degrees (or even better 16 degree) back sweep bar in the new line up.
  • 4 0
 It only makes perfect ergonomic sense. The wider your hands are from each other the more your wrist's have to bend out of their neutral position.
  • 2 1
 @laksboy: I'm running SQ Labs 16 degrees and love them. I just wish more companies ( like @Chromagbikes) would make them.
  • 2 1
 What is the difference between these new 12/16 / 23+ sweep angels and the same type of bars that were popular 10 years ago? After a while, people swap them for less backsweep. Now it seems to be back. I did run them for a couple of years, both 23 and 18. I do not ride upright enough for it. They are probably good on cruiser rides, but not on rides where you need to pull the wheel up and dive into corners. At least in my experience.
  • 3 2
 I have 11° back sweep now and my hands and arms feel so much better than 9°.
Plus ergon grips
  • 2 1
 @RedRedRe:
23 and 18 are definitely way overkill for regular mtb use, but try out a 12* bar and you probably won’t want to go back.
  • 2 0
 @MegaStoke: I had a 12° bar and went back. The position is good for riding upright with your arms extended, but compromised with your arms bent in attack position. Depends on what you prioritize, comfort when on flat terrain or control when descending.
  • 1 0
 @dave-f:
Hmmm interesting. I’m not putting around on XC trails with my 12* bars, and actually have a handful of downhill KOMs running them. Definitely a preference and body geometry thing.
  • 5 1
 yea sick 110 bucks for alloy bars
  • 3 3
 All the bars on the market are the same... 5/6 upsweep and 8/9 backsweep. (except the cruiser bars with more backsweep).

I would like a bar with 2/3 upsweep and 6? backsweep.

Also what does it mean "Variable Butted"?
Is it double butted? Triple butted?

in 2003 there were several bars 760-780 and even 820 rental triple xxx.
  • 1 0
 I'm curious where this bar is manufactured? You mention upgrading your manufacturing facilities, curious where that is and what had to happen at the factory to make these new features possible.
  • 1 0
 Taiwan
  • 2 0
 Got my Gold OSX soon as they came out. gonna look sweet with my gold pedals and XX1 gold
  • 1 0
 @Chromagbikes please bring back some painted OSX bars like you did before pleaaaseeee :-) :-) :-)
  • 3 1
 Is this E-motorcycle rated?
  • 3 1
 The best in the biz keeps getting better!
  • 1 0
 Are they heavier than the previous 180g ones?
  • 1 0
 Looks cool, too bad their distributor in Canada never has anything...
  • 1 0
 The best stuff on the market right here.
  • 1 0
 No BZA 35 stem in the new green makes me sad inside. Frown
  • 1 0
 Soon
  • 2 0
 ooft. sexy.
  • 1 0
 Really want the fu40 for my DJ bike but with 35mm clamp! Frown
  • 1 2
 @chromag
Why no 35 with 40mm rise ?
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