A rather convoluted award title – but we’re chuffed…
This is something a bit new for Twenty Nine Inches, but many of you know that I have been reviewing some non-specific 29′er product here and most of that being the “alt bars” that I feel a lot of 29″er riders gravitate towards. Not only that, but I do use a lot of gear that is not 29″er specific. To that end, I thought I would give props to my favorite non-29″er specific product of 2009. No surprise here, it is a handle bar. The nod goes to Ragley Bikes “Carnegie’s Bar”
Ragley Bikes is the brain child of Brant Richards, who was also the designer of some well known “alt bars” for On One. Brant tweaked out a previous design and made something new that really hits the nail on the head for technical riders that want more sweep than a standard riser bar offers. I took to these bars straight away and never looked back. The added comfort, control, and stiffness in technical situations was noticeable for me. The sweep design was perfectly drawn out so that you don’t need an excessively long stem, nor do you cause undo stress on the stem faceplate with excess leverage due to a ton of back sweep. No, this bar really strikes a great balance between a riser and an “alt bar” that no other bar really hits.
Ragley Bikes “Carnegie’s Bar” will also be coming out in a couple new versions, and also a carbon version is being tested here now as well. So look for more on that coming soon.