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    Jones H-bar

    So the new ride is almost paid off, which means its about time to start upgrading. I am really intrigued by the H-bar because it seems it would fit my riding style (on my bar ends as much as possible). The problem is that they are a pretty hefty investment without being able to test ride them. Is there anything I can do to simulate them such as reverse mounting some bar ends or anything else just to get an idea of whether or not i would like them? Also, does it take a while to get used to going downhill through technical stuff with your hands in the lower position for braking vs. being used to having them on a standard bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockStar
    So the new ride is almost paid off, which means its about time to start upgrading. I am really intrigued by the H-bar because it seems it would fit my riding style (on my bar ends as much as possible). The problem is that they are a pretty hefty investment without being able to test ride them. Is there anything I can do to simulate them such as reverse mounting some bar ends or anything else just to get an idea of whether or not i would like them? Also, does it take a while to get used to going downhill through technical stuff with your hands in the lower position for braking vs. being used to having them on a standard bar?
    If you want to try them out for position, you could have a set made easily by anyone who can weld and miter. Just weld two 7/8" diameter crmo tubes to the ends of a 1" crmo bar. It looks like all the tubes on the Jones bar are straight. There's probably only a couple dollars worth of material and the cost to have someone weld them up. If you like it, go for the ti Jones version.

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    It did not take very long for me to get used to them

    I first mounted them on my fixie off-road bike and found my hands to be in excellent position for all the fun stuff. Then I put them on my brew SS (with a 4 bolt 50mm longer stem) and really got the groove! I rode my FS bike all this last week at Gooseberry with riser bars and it took me awhile to get used to the now extreme wrist angle. I was wishing for my H-bars, but couldn't get a Cannondale stem long enough.

    The H-bars are very comfortable and Jeff makes a top-notch product. Its also fun to talk with other riders about it when they notice the "weird bar".

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    bob

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    I'm thinking of converting my Specialized Langster into a fixed commuter with the H-Bars. Anyone have opinions on using the H-Bars with that setup?

    SS Slave

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    uuhhhh...

    [QUOTE=red-haze.com]Then I put them on my brew SS (with a 4 bolt 50mm longer stem) and really got the groove!


    That would put me at a 170mm stem. I was guessing I might need a longer stem, but I've also been considering a laid back seat post. Could I get away with a 130mm stem+laid back seat post?? I really don't want to go longer than 130 for steering issues and preferring to keep my face off the rocks

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    ... and if we just ... longer stem to compensate for swept back bars...

    So your hands actually end up in almost the same place, which means that steering and endo-potential stays constant as well. The problem sounds like coming up with such a long stem, for your current bike. perhaps a setback seatpost would help a bit there, as you say.

    could be a good excuse to buy a new bike with a longer top tube

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    bob

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