Here is a good conversation piece:
If flat bars are so good then why don't any of the top WC racers ride flat bars? Saw that appear on a forum somewhere and one tinternet champion piped up and said it's because none of their sponsors make a flat bar!
Chromag were the originals, Sunline have just followed, who will be next?
I know one top UK pro who was riding flat bars this year but had to take them off as his team boss went crackers as he had taken his sponsored "riser" bars off his bike.
We all know everyone has gone a little wider with their bars, even I don't cut mine down anymore. That said I'm only 5ft 6ins and a 710mm is still good for me but that is personal preference.
The way forward
Most guys are bigger than me, no surprise there then so the average size bars on the DH tracks we're seeing are now around 730mm. This means the bikes feel more stable at high speed and you can go faster! Downsides are bleeding knuckles, a few grams in extra weight (insignificant) and your bars are higher off the ground. This is due to the sweep and rise of your bars, the longer they are the higher they will be. This means you are more upright in your riding position, further away from the ground and a higher centre of gravity. All bad news.
Kore's at 800mm wide received much abuse.
Then someone clever mentioned the axe-saw. What happened to Kore and these bars, nobody seems to know. Remember this story is not about wide bars but flat bars!
Let's go back to the beginning to why we rode riser bars in the first place. Once DH started to appear in the early 90's we needed a more upright position as we were running rigid forks. Therefore on came the 50mm risers, don't laugh! Then suspension forks began to appear, first with elastomers (rubbers) inside giving us 1-3inches of travel. Springs and oil appeared and those who could, had a pair of Marzocchi Z1 Bombers with 4inches of travel! Yet we still had those 50mm riser bars on even though the front end had lifted 4inches.
Next big break through were the Boxxers, originally 6inches of travel, then 7 inches and then 8inches like what we have today. Let's get this right then, the cockpit has risen over 8 inches yet we still run 50mm riser bars? Some idiots do, the rest of us went down to 40mm, 30mm, 20mm and now the likes of Funn produce 15mm rise bars.
I was just about to start talking about Chromag, just went on their website and it's down, have I missed anything there? Anyway I originally rocked the Chromag Fubars flat bars over two years ago and haven't "risen" since.
Element and Reverse
To be fair Reverse jumped on the Chromag rolling band wagon first with there REVERSE XXL DH-Race "fli-bar" FLAT that comes in at 760mm wide and 279grams. EN tested and approved they tell me. Priced at under £49.99 they come in either black or white and do exactly what they say they do.Reverse GermanyReverse U.K
Looking on the forums some guys are saying it's just another fashion statement and plan to get you to splash out on another new product. Whilst in their next post say they look ugly!
How do they ride, feel? Well for starters make sure on your first outing you give these broom sticks an extra tug up when popping off a jump or drop as they will have a tendency to nose dive a fraction. After a few hits you will re-correct yourself and be flying again.
Most bars have a degree of sweep on them, these are no different 9 degrees for both. If I blind folded you and gave you a pair of flat bars to grip onto and then a pair of standard riser bars with the same sweep you couldn't tell the difference. If they were fitted onto two identical bikes again they would feel exactly the same, except the flat bar would of course be sat slightly lower on the bike.
Now before you go spending any cash dollars on your pride and joy firstly make sure you remove as many spacers as possible from between your stem and headset. Meaning your stem is as close to the top of your headset as possible.Note
: All the flat bars seen here and mentioned all come in 31.8mm clamp size, that's "Oversize" to you and me. Will you ever see a 25.4mm flat bar? I'm guessing not but I'm always more than happy to be corrected, especially by you.
I took the Elements with me on holiday with Switch-BacksDH
Winter Sun Photoshoot
Available in three colours, Black, Gun Metal and now Show Chrome in a limited 150 pieces World Wide will be the ticket. Definitely EN tested and passed the finish on the Elements is super shiny and they look a million dollars. Priced under £49.99 and available through Element U.K
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