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    Seeking new bars and suggestions

    Looking to swap out the standard flat bar and needing some ideas on what works on tougher terrain.

    I like road drops, bullhorns and TT bars on the road, but do any of these translate to full off road riding? Are there MTB styles made in the vein of any of these that might be worth checking out?
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    I like ODI riser bars but I think you're looking for something with multiple hand positions.
    The fatbike guys like some bars that I can't think of the name of right now...
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    Jones. It finally came to me.
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    Multiple hand positions is the main goal. My riding buddy just got a pair of Jones for his Pugs and they are great, but for a fat bike really where aggressive riding takes a back seat to fun.

    The ODI bars look pretty similar to the ones that came on my 29er.
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    Do a search for "alt bars mtb".
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    Midge bars have been highly recommended to me as I really like the multiple hand positions and favor a drop style.

    Anyone use these and favor a certain lever combo?
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    WTB makes some mtb drops

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdirk View Post
    WTB makes some mtb drops

    Yeah the WTB Dirtdrops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Parrish View Post
    Midge bars have been highly recommended to me as I really like the multiple hand positions and favor a drop style.

    Anyone use these and favor a certain lever combo?
    I helped design the Midge and it is still my favorite bar. I have used all sorts of levers on them: Shimano STI, Dia-Compe 287V, Tektro RL520A, Tektro R340/341. Like them all. Barend shifters work fine.
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    Don't know about multiple hand positions, but for something a little different than the norm:

    Niner Low Top (Carbon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    I helped design the Midge and it is still my favorite bar. I have used all sorts of levers on them: Shimano STI, Dia-Compe 287V, Tektro RL520A, Tektro R340/341. Like them all. Barend shifters work fine.

    What about stems to bring them up to seat height? I'm 6'2" and will probably be looking for getting them up pretty high
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Parrish View Post
    What about stems to bring them up to seat height? I'm 6'2" and will probably be looking for getting them up pretty high
    Or you could go all hipster and run them upside down ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Parrish View Post
    What about stems to bring them up to seat height? I'm 6'2" and will probably be looking for getting them up pretty high
    Look for 35-40 degree stems. Dimension is a fairly common brand for them.

    Also helps to have a long steer tube, with room for spacers, and a frame with a tall head tube.
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    Seeking new bars and suggestions

    I just put some Maid bars on mine and like the feel of them.

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