I’ve had Titec H-bars on my Surly Big Dummy since last spring and used them on my Pugsley for a a couple months. On the Big Dummy they are pretty much ideal. They give you a wide hand position to control heavy loads as well as a few other options to give you the ability to switch things up on longer rides. The stretched out “aero” position is nice for long road rides or tours. I think I’d like some of Jeff Jones new variants on the H-bar even better, but I can’t quite allow myself to spend $500-$600 on a set of handle bars. I do hope some of these designs get licensed by Titec and we see $100 aluminum versions someday soon.
I’m not as sold on the H-bars for the Pugsley. On one hand if you are cruising, touring or generally riding around on non-technical trails these bars are excellent. However, as I ride more technical mountain bikey trails I’m not as fond of them. I think a standard MTB riser bar you give me more control and let me throw the bike around better. This is mostly due to the fact that with my Alfine shifter and Avid brake levers I can’t brake effectively from the far outside of the bars [cross bar forces you to mount the brake lever well ahead of the grips and shifter] so I end up moving my hands inboard to reach the brakes reducing my comfort and leverage. Jeff Jones doesn’t recommend Ergon Grips on these bars and in fact I don’t think he’d be stoked about my setup at all so perhaps that’s the issue not the bars themselves. Having said that I love the Ergon Grips and Alfine so my options are limited. I’m not quite at the point where I care enough to actually swap in some riser bars to confirm my theory, but I might get around to it this summer. One way to make my H-bars work better on the Pugsley is to get the brake levers closer to the grips. The Avid v-brake levers on there now are non-adjustable. I’ve got some Shimano SLX hyraulic disc brakes waiting to get installed. They have an easy reach adjustment so I’ll be able to dial things in a bit. The riser bars will give me more control, but at the expense of all those comfy hand positions so it’s not a clear cut decision.