Here is a good look at a quartet of off road drop bars. From top to bottom they are:
- The newest Gary Bar from Origin 8, dubbed the "Gary II"
- The "benchmark" bar, the On One Midge
- The "original" Gary Bar, which I am dubbing the "Gary Bar I" for purposes of this discussion.
- Finally, at the bottom we have the Ragley Bikes "Luxy Bar"
Note also that I have arranged the bars according to drop depth. This conveniently also happened to arrange them accordingly as to their sweep and width. Pure luck that. I hadn't planned it that way. You can also discern the slope or "flare" of the drop sections, with the Gary I bar having the most severe slope of all of these bars, and the Gary II having the least "outward slope". Extension length varies as well. The Luxy winning out there with the Gary II coming in next, (albeit at a full inch shorter than the Luxy!), and the Midge having the shortest extensions.
Forward reach is the least with the Midge and Gary I, the Luxy and the Gary II have quite a bit of forward reach, actually. (Approximately 105mm and 95mm respectively)
The Midge is the light-weight king, (not surprising due to it having the least material), at a weight of 270 grams for my sample. The others are all within 10 grams of each other at 320-330 grams. Clamp diameter for the Luxy is 31.8mm only, but the rest shown are 25.4mm. Only the Gary I is not bar end compatible.
Finally, I'll add that the Gary I is no longer available. Although I added it here since many of them are out there and may get passed on. Having them at hand anyway, I figured, "why not?"
Okay, that's all for this post. Look for more details, a Woodchipper, and more coming in later posts.