04 February, 2021

The Next Generation Crazy Bars - First Look.

by Igor

Eight years ago, we released the first glimpses of the Crazy Bars. Immediately, they made huge waves in the touring and bikepacking communities with their 3-piece design, generous sweep, functionality with touring bags, and unique appearance. Since then, they have been a mainstay of our lineup, receiving tweaks with materials, tubing, stem clamps, and finishes. We even had a spin-off called the Seine Bar that was the Crazy Bar, minus the forward horns. We've used our experience with on-bike testing, manufacturing, community (thank you!) suggestions, and testing protocols and have designed a new iteration of the bars - and we're finally ready to release details about The Next Generation Crazy Bars!

Starting off, the bars have been widened to 780mm and the sweep has been reduced to a comfortable 35 degrees. This combo creates the perfect balance of leverage for out of the saddle climbs and natural wrist positioning for regular riding. Additionally, there is more room on the grip area for varied grip lengths and brake/shifter compatibility.

Accordingly, the horns have also been shortened to 110mm, but still retain the ability to mount bar end shifters. This allows significantly easier access to all of the positions without having to reach to the extremes of the bars.

We also introduced a bit of rise to the bars, 40mm. They're touring bars, so you deserve some rise.

They're MTB tested and will be available in bead-blasted silver and Noir finishes.

We'll also have the horn-less Seine Bar version, too!

We're expecting to have them in stock in June. We were hoping to have them earlier, but it seems that every step of the process was delayed due to raw material procurement and, you know, pandemic. We appreciate your patience. Keep your eyes peeled for more info when the time gets closer!

23 comments:

Evan said...

Exciting!

Velomann said...

Lack of rise is my one complaint about the current version. I'm really looking forward to these!

Lauren said...

Can we pre order?

Stevenator said...

What is the spacing between the horns?

Guitar Ted said...

Excellent! I would be interested in the hornless version.

Igor Shteynbuk said...

@Lauren,

We might do pre-orders when the time gets closer.

@Stevenator,

They are 42cm wide center to center.

-Igor

anniebikes said...

Gorgeous update. I like the new curvy look.

Adam said...

Will you make a 25.4 stem clamp version?!

Igor Shteynbuk said...

@Adam,

No, 31.8mm only.

Martin said...

All those "dorks" who mounted bar-ends on riser bars and inside their shifters in the past are laughing now :-)
These look great! (Though I think they're too wide for me.)

tntmoriv said...

Will the original Crazy Bars be discontinued, or will they remain available?

fraz said...

Woah, perfect. This is what I was looking for last year!

Anonymous said...

Glad that the sweep is reduced to 35 degrees, my favorite!

KevinH said...

I am interested in the Seine bar, to which I would add my own inner bar ends so that I could adjust the angle of the horns. The angle of the horns was a bigger problem for me than the sweep of the version 1 Crazy Bars. Maybe you should consider offering something like that as a production option.

Nelson said...

Great!

There will be a CrMo version?

c said...

2nd that!

Bobbehr said...

As always Velo delivers a product without the usual bike industry pretense or patting themselves on the back a hundred times. My pre-order will forthcoming. Thank you

teamdarb said...

Legit question. If anyone is sitting on an original steel crazy bar, give me a yell.

Reynard said...

Yas!

Unknown said...

They look GREAT; I have a build simmering on the back burner for which these would be perfect. Do let us all know when you start pre-orders; Excelsior!!

Korina said...

Gorgeous! I love the rise. Much too wide for me, but they sure are pretty to look at.

Slitemere said...

Shame there's no 25.4mm clamp version, many old skool MTB's that this could be fitted to come with a quill stem and 31.8mm clamp is rare

VeloOrange said...

@Slitemere- To get an MTB rating for the bar, we had to increase the stem clamp up to 31.8 mm. Even with our original bars, which were 25.4 mm, you still needed a stem with a removeable face plate to use the bar, as a quill stem would not fit onto the bars due to the horns.