The Evolution of the Handlebar – Jones’ New Bend H-Bar
While they may look a bit odd compared to the traditional handlebar, Jeff Jones’ H-Bar have a number of devoted fans across the world. Why? The 45 degree sweep of the bars offers a natural feeling hand position that some riders prefer. The first H-Bar was a three piece design that Jeff created after holding out tubes while on a bike that had no bars. The 45 degree position felt the most natural so he went with it, and the H-Bar was born. The original H-Bar was built in steel, Cro-moly, then Titanium and eventually gained curved forward extensions for better ergonomics and the OS 31.8 clamp size. Next came the Loop H-Bar which offered even more hand positions, mounting positions, and a stiffer bar. Getting back to the basics, the Bend H-Bar offers the same 45 degree sweep of the originals, but in a minimal, light weight package that is easier to mount shifters and some levers.
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Built to the original 660mm width of the original Loop H-Bar (though there is now a 710mm bar developed with Surly) , the Bend also has the same 13mm rise or drop which allows the bars to be run up or down. At 328g, the Bend H-Bar works out to be 170g lighter than the standard Loop. The Bend is also cheaper than the loop, or any other Jones bars, at $85 in black or silver.
While you give up the hand and mounting positions out front, you still get the same 45 degree swept back riding position of the Loop. Bends are available in 31.8mm clamp only.
Since the bars have an extra long 190mm grip section and Jones’ bars are all about using the entire bar, they have commissioned extra long grips from ESI. Available on their website, the grips are offered in 170 or 210mm(for 710 bars) lengths in Chunky or Extra Chunky varieties. The 170mm grips retail for $24.50 or $28 for Chunky or Extra Chunky.