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Is 2014 the year of the riser?

Posted on June 17 2014

When we were kids, there were only riser bars. Straight or huge rise. These were the only two options. Remember that first BMX? Yeah it had enough space for a race number to be cable tied to the bars. We were #5.

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Then after a journey through single-discipline bikes, mountain, trials, racing, whatever, fixed gear came about and a world of modularity took color. For the first time we had a range of configurable options. And configure we did.

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Fixed gear street riding started all those years ago with risers. It’s what couriers rode, the shorter the better. We’d be chopping our bars down to the nub to fit through tight gaps between buses and cars. So what if our shoulders were twice as wide anyway, there are all those wing-mirrors to avoid clipping.

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Then our influences evolved. We got to know about the velodrome and pursuit racing and bullhorn bars – adopting their versatility for our own needs; covering more ground comfortably. With more ground came more speed and so then need for a racing drop – something to give us a more powerful poise with less wind drag.

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Before long, though, the simple and clean style of the humble riser creeps back into our thoughts. The bar that started them all. We’ve noticed ourselves installing them back on our bikes this year – and they are becoming the bar of choice for new builds. Our tip for 2014 is go riser – go wide and roll deep. Click here for our huge selection of handlebars.

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