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Ibis Introduces Adjustable Width Carbon Handlebar

Jul 18, 2018
by Ibis Cycles  


When it comes to handlebar width, “one size fits all” doesn’t work. Not only is bar width determined by the size of the rider, it also depends on personal preference and where you ride.

But many people are reluctant to cut down their expensive bars because it’s a one-way change. As a result, we’ve seen many riders using bars that were either too wide or too narrow. So we created a fit solution that would make it easy to experiment with different bar widths.

Our new Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi handlebars are adjustable. Using two 25mm wide aluminum inserts that thread into the ends of the bar, you can easily swap between 750mm and 800mm. Or, you can cut the inserts to any measurement in between.

For instance, take 10mm off each end for a total 780 width. Change your mind? Replacement inserts are just $15. Like our venerable MORON tubing from the 90’s, there is more on the ends of these bars.

At the 2017 EWS Round in Tasmania, the course was so tight, many riders cut their bars down. This race course helped inspire our project.

But don’t all the really fast people run 800s? Both Robin Wallner and Lew Buchanan, two of the fastest enduro racers in the world, are just under the 6’ mark. Both of them prefer a 760mm wide bar. Our top female athlete, Bex Baraona, is around 5’7. She cuts her bars down to 740mm.

Even people who prefer 800mm bars sometimes ride in places where the trail is so narrow they would prefer a shorter bar but would want the 800mm width back as soon as they’re on their home trails.

The bar comes in two versions, a Lo-Fi 10mm rise and Hi-Fi 30mm rise, both with a 31.8mm clamp. Even with the added adjustability, the bars are still remarkably light. The Hi-Fi weighs 249g. The Lo-Fi comes in at 238g.

The handlebars are now shipping on XT, X01, and XX1 equipped completes. They’re also available on NX and GX builds for a small upgrade fee. The bars will be available aftermarket this Fall and will retail for $169.99. Just like our frames and wheels, the bars are backed by our seven-year warranty. If it’s our fault, we’ll fix it.

MENTIONS: @ibiscycles


  • 91 4
 ODI Wingtips called and they want their idea back.
  • 6 1
 I was wondering where I'd left the (Scott, I think?) bar extensions from my 1991 Diamondback.
  • 47 0
 Why not insert 2 dropper posts on both ends, so you'll have infinite adjustment.
  • 2 0
 Control Tech Terminator too!
  • 2 1
 IBIS "introduces" adjustable bar width. Really, IBIS? oh the hubris on this one....
  • 3 0
 @chyu: lmao. Now that's innovation!
  • 1 1
 Thanks to your comment, Campy just filed an industry-wide lawsuit on all manufacturers and client bicycle companies that produce / use parallelogram rear derailleurs, & suing Sun Tour / manuf's & client bike companies for using it as a basis for their slant parallelogram rear derailleurs.
  • 71 7
 Is it april 1st already ?
  • 9 13
flag rivercitycycles Plus (Jul 18, 2018 at 12:20) (Below Threshold)
 That was my first thought, gimmick or solid product. I guess I am not enduro.............
  • 45 6
 Can we have a new 2.2mm larger bar diameter already please? Stiffer and lighter so that we can throw away all our grips, shifters and brake levers?
  • 9 0
 Haha yes! It's got all the benefits of big wheels without any of the drawbacks!
  • 37 3
 Ah Pinkbike comment , a company actually develops a nice and easy solution to a problem people actually have and everyone shoots it down.
  • 3 3
 Because the idea is not really new. To say "innovate" and "new" is a stretch.
  • 3 0
 @DrSam: Text search shows "innovate" only shows up in comments, not article.
  • 29 0
 So OneUp will come out with some +100mm inserts to go in each end soon no doubt.
  • 13 0
 I want a dropper bar!
  • 8 1
 The next big invention... Imperial size bars
  • 8 1
 @W4ld0: erm, that's what they've always been, diameter wise at least, 22.2mm is 7/8ths, obviously 25.4 is 1 inch and 31.8 is 1 1/4 inches. 35mm is the only one not a metric conversion from imperial.
  • 1 0
 @inked-up-metalhead: edit, widths!!
  • 3 6
 @W4ld0: Imperial got man to the moon. Quite a few times.
  • 9 0
 @bart882: AFAIK NASA uses metric standards.
  • 6 0
 @opignonlibre: NASA uses metric. Like the rest of the modern civilized world. whoever thought base 12 would be better than base 10 *just to be different* was a lunatic.
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b: Hell I believe they had an issue with a satellite they launched in the past few years where a contractor used decimal inch instead of metric. No one caught it and the satellite was dead on deployment. Millions wasted essentially over a simple mistake.
  • 1 2
 @MikeGruhler: Sorry that couldn't happen,metric and imperial are too different to be confused like that. .1mm=.0003937"inch.
  • 2 0
 he means base 10 but in inches. So everything is off by about 15-20%
  • 1 1
 @rideonjon: uhh...yes it did. I live in Florida about an hour from NASA. It happened, do some research. If one f*cking part is built wrong the whole damn thing is screwed. Mistakes happen, people aren't perfect...or the robots they build to make things.
  • 1 1
 @MikeGruhler: it was the mars lander. that was a $300 million mistake
  • 1 0
 @Timenator: That happened but is not the situation that I was referring to. Try this link it explains what I've been saying.
  • 29 2
 Could be useful for Enduro races where one day your in the woods and next day is flat out open landscape
  • 7 19
flag fumetsu (Jul 18, 2018 at 20:38) (Below Threshold)
 Lol no
  • 25 0
 For when you need more shaft length, just screw some more.
  • 5 1
 Just add little blue pill (or end piece) and await the results
  • 20 1
 Cool idea. Options are good. So much snark on this thread.
  • 15 1
 This is easily the best idea since shimano biopace
  • 14 0
 Odi Wingtips!
  • 11 1
 Can't we all just pick a handlebar width and be a dick about it?
  • 6 0
 We need adjustable cranks...160 to 175 mm. We also need adjustable spindle spacers for pedal boost. Ok I will be waiting for these too, but in the meantime I will purchase the bars.
  • 9 2
 2*$80 bars of different widths??
  • 10 1
 Sure that's not annoying at all switching all your cockpit every second day :-/
  • 1 0
 @ybsurf: sram matchmaker
  • 3 2
 @yzedf: still sucks.
  • 5 0
 Can we have remotely adjustable handlebars already? 800mm for dh, then pop em right in to 600 to squeeze through narrow gaps.
  • 4 1
 Mind-controlled telescopic bars would be sooo broduro!
  • 10 4
 Seems like a decent product, decent idea, I like it. Unfortunately that isn't a clever enough line to get me upvoted.
  • 7 5
 I get the idea, but why not just include/sell different length inserts? For $15 bucks I gotta buy new ones and cut them again? Or buy new ones to run 800, and keep cutting my old ones? How many sets of inserts will I end up with? Is there storage in the bar to keep me from losing my many inserts? My collection of inserts! It seems kinda strange because there is no quick swap option unless you run either 800mm or 750mm. Anything in between and you gotta bust out the saw just like a normal bar, or have a stockpile of already sliced inserts. They would truly be an adjustable bar if they could thread in/out and lock in place anywhere you like. Seems like the bar is a regular handlebar with threads in the ends. It's the adapters that are adjustable when you cut them.
  • 1 5
flag ttttttttttttt (Jul 19, 2018 at 9:07) (Below Threshold)
 Did u not watch the video...u dont cut the product.
  • 3 1
 @rjrx: Did u not?
  • 4 0
 If it shipped with two sets of inserts (15mm and 25mm), anodized in different colors, than selling a pair of replacement ones for $15 would seem like an OK thing.
  • 3 0
 Not sure why someone doesn't just build a locking grip with enough backbone to slide out over the end of your bars a couple cm... heck I should just try it with the ones I have... I bet it would work...
  • 1 0
 I did this on a beater bike that had a narrowish handlebar. I only added a centimeter to each end but it worked well enough that I eventually forgot that I did it.
  • 1 0
 Deity has some that add a couple of mm of usable grip space to your bars
  • 2 1
 I keep my pet grass snake called Keith in my handle bats and he slithers in and out just enough that I can hold on to him acting much like a bat extension. The great thing is when I stop for a piece of ginger cake I have some company.
  • 3 0
 REALLY glad that didn't get funded. Feel bad for all the work that went into it, but SRSLY, what was he thinking??!!
  • 3 0
 It's a good theory but not so much in reality right now. Maybe in 10 years?
  • 1 0
 That's the most extravagant troll product I've ever seen. They're trolling right?
  • 1 0
 Ooh, €275 and only 400 grams, can i have 3 please...not
  • 1 0
 Hard to believe they even got the 7 backers that they did
  • 1 0
 there are 10 now! lol.
  • 1 0
  • 4 1
 Ca'mon PBer- what could go wrong?
  • 4 1
 Meanwhile the team riders are using joystick bars ????
  • 4 3
 ODI did it first.
But again why is this even a thing? If you’re that unsure about it.... Just cut in small increments till you’re there.
  • 2 0
 I wanna try no insert on one side and the longest insert on the other - signed, Quasimodo
  • 1 0
 When you see a shop cutting carbon bar with a pipe cutter:
First you run away, far far away!
Second, you understand the need of gimicks like this
  • 3 0
 31.8mm clamp... love it!
  • 3 1
 The peanut gallery says no...
  • 1 1
 They should make the end plugs in 10mm increments. I just cut my bars down from 800 to 780 and would love the option to put them back if I wanted.
  • 1 0
 Ibis hi rise 9/5 is definitely my favorite bend so far.
Makes race face and others feel strange on wrists.
  • 1 0
 Ibis inadvertently created the perfect bar for the WTB PadLoc grips...
  • 5 4
 Guys, April 1st was least 2 months ago.
  • 5 8
 This kind of seems like one of those cases where just because you can make something does not mean that you should. It misses on bar clamp size as most enduro bikes have moved to 35mm clamps for better or worse. Also you are stuck with either a 750mm bar a size that few employ, a 800 bar with more weight than a plain 800mm carbon bar or you are having to cut the alloy inserts to whatever size. It's seems an unnecessary complication of an otherwise fairly straight forward situation.
  • 11 0
 To be fair, I've always thought my handlebars would dampen the vibrations better if I could add a couple of bottomless tokens.
  • 1 0
 @dingus: Maybe you need these
  • 1 4
 they would have been better off going with a bar end that could thread in and out and be secured with a lock nut so you could get any possible bar length. this system only makes it so you don't have to buy a new handlebar if you want to go longer.
  • 2 1
 We need Reverb Hydraulic bars
  • 1 0
 Used to do this with wooden dowels back n the day.
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 No lawsuits on this one for sure...
  • 1 0
 Do they come with shoulder width extensions too?
  • 1 0
 This industry is getting bored. Stop re-inventing the wheel
  • 1 1
 K9 called and want their bars back too
  • 2 2
 Bar extensions called, they want their idea back
  • 2 2
 I'm going to pass, but thanks
  • 1 0
 So original! Oh my!
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 get a grip people...
  • 2 3
 cool but needs further development.
  • 5 0
 like the insides machined to fit an allen wrench for when the inserts get stuck!
  • 2 0
 @makripper: Or at least 2 flat small sides to fit a basic wrench on. But yeah youre right it needs something like that.
  • 3 0
 @makripper: Just like ODI Wingtips!
  • 2 3
 Aquaman called. He wants his $15 bar things back.
  • 1 1
 One word : lol
  • 1 3
 Someone called and wants his something back... or front..
  • 2 5
 Huh, expensive, useless, and is made of aluminum, but calling it carbon!

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