I love my Titec H-bars. I own three. Right now my Surly Big Dummy and Surly Pugsley are rocking H-bars. I’m considering swapping in my 3rd H-bar [freed up when I sold my Thorn Nomad] to my Surly 1×1. The one issue with H-bars is that they have a limited amount of space below the crossbar of the “H” to mount a shifter and grip. This means you end up with your brake lever above the crossbar and some compromises to your control setup.
I’ve figured out a couple setups that work for me through trial and error, but they are not ideal. Jeff Jones [designer of the H-bar that Titec builds under license] makes a variety of sweet bar options that would be perfect for me, but they cost $400+ and for that kind of $$$ I’m okay with what I have. So I was pretty stoked to see this Loop H-bar option on Jeff’s website fabricated out of aluminum for $120 – about twice what I paid for my Titec H-bars, but within the realm of sanity for me. Stock was limited so I ordered up one.
The photos in this post show the main differences between the Titec H-bar and the Jones Loop H-bar:
- grip area below the crossbar is much longer on the Loop H-Bar
- overall grip is a bit narrower on the Loop H-bar
- minimal rise on the Loop H-bar
- crossbar on Loop H-bar curves away from rider significantly
- Loop area allows mounting accessories up front and adds aero grip area, but no controls can be mounted forward of crossbar now
So what does this all mean? Well I should be able to mount my Rohloff shifter, brake lever and a full Ergon Grip on the Loop H-bar without having to hack away at the Ergon Grip. This should be better from a comfort perspective and allow easier reach to the brakes which will allow for more control in a technical downhill section. Of course it is really hard to evaluate the rest of the more subtle differences that exist between these bars. I’ll have to mount the Loop H-bars up and see what I think after a few months. I would have waited until I had more info and had some test kms under my belt, but I was too stoked to wait…plus I figured somebody out there might want a head’s up so they can get in on the last few bars left from this production run.
Thanks Jeff Jones for making some lower cost bars – that rocks!…=-)