|My latest Luxy Bar acquisition.|
Maybe I am wrong, but this component is the most asked about component from my contacts via Facebook, e-mail, and Twitter, not to mention at gravel events and rides. Apparently, I have found out, it also is something a lot of folks are wanting to try. A little tiny market for used ones has sprung up. I actually got one just yesterday in the mail I purchased from a guy in Connecticut via Facebook. Another Luxy Bar fan I know just grabbed another Luxy Bar from a guy I helped get one to that ended up trying it and not liking it. It's kind of bizarre, but here's my take and a little back story on the Luxy Bar.......
The Luxy Bar started out with something I posted once on MTBR.com about how I would make a good drop bar and no one had it right yet back in 2009. Well, I got a quick e-mail from Brant Richards, who had just left On One and had started his own design company and was running a brand for Chain Reaction Cycles called "Ragley Bikes". He wanted to know what I would do for a drop bar. I had actually done a sketch, so I scanned it and sent it to him with my thoughts. He said thanks and that he would get back to me.
blog post here from 2009. )
Brant was calling them the "Luxy Bar", after a bar/lounge in Asia. The bars were then to see some time under some testers and refinements were made. (Note, production bars differ from those raw images you see in my '09 post.) One of those testers was Sam from Singular Cycles. Near as I can tell, it was Sam's influence that made the Luxy come out as it did.
It was a long while before I heard the Luxy was ready, but in early 2011, Brant sent out a pair for me to try out and to say thanks for helping. (Although the final product was so radically different than what I initially put forth I have to say that I had no input! At least it wouldn't appear that I had.) So, I immediately mounted them up and started riding. After the first 300 miles or so, I posted an update. (Seen here) The Salsa Cycles Woodchippers were already out and I had purchased a few, but after the Luxy came along, I eventually gravitated toward using them more and soon the Woodchipper was no longer a favorite of mine.
Apparently a few folks fell in love with them, but not too many. I didn't hear much about Luxy Bars from others and I was always surprised to find out that certain people had them. You just never heard about them and they didn't come up in conversations about drop bars back then. Soon after I received the Luxy Bars, they went out of production, and perhaps that was due to Brant Richards going back to On One, or for low sales, or both reasons, I do not know. At any rate, that was that, and I figured I'd never hear about Luxy Bars again.
Still the Luxy Bar seems to be "in demand" by certain aficionados of drop bar usage off road and by gravelists. Just yesterday I ran across three more folks that said they'd like to try them.