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Old 05-02-14, 08:56 AM   #1
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what are these handlebars and how comfortable are they

I found the pic below while scouring this site and have questions about the handlebars. initially I just wanted to install my bar ends more center like in the pic, but when I went to install on my stock trek 7.2 fx flatbar, I found that I could not install the bar ends close enough to the middle due to the thickness increasing at the center of the handlebars.

Here are my questions about the handlebars below (not the added bar ends, just the handlebars) ....
1. What type of handlebars are these ? Id like to find them on amazon if possible, LBS if not on amazon.
2. I see the grip ends on these bars curve back in towards rider, but the middle half of the handlebars is further away than a flatbar. I like to lean forward on my bars to stretch out and/or get lower. Would these handlebars help me get far enough forward to be a noticeable difference compared to my flatbar?

Just an FYI, I dont want aerobars or drop bars.


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Old 05-02-14, 09:39 AM   #2
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If my memory is correct these bars were for a short time on high end Trek hybrids as standard and not available as a aftermarket item. But then again the Trek bar may have been carbon. Looking at your picture they might be bolted on going by the bulges under the bar tape.
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Old 05-02-14, 10:09 AM   #3
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If my memory is correct these bars were for a short time on high end Trek hybrids as standard and not available as a aftermarket item. But then again the Trek bar may have been carbon. Looking at your picture they might be bolted on going by the bulges under the bar tape.
Sorry for the confusion, I was asking about the handlebars themselves, not the added bar ends installed. The more I look at the pic I wonder if the handlebar isnt just a bmx handlebar tilted way forward instead of in the normal up position.
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Old 05-02-14, 10:38 AM   #4
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They remind me of a version of the early 80's bull moose bars from mountian bikes
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I just joined the forum and noticed this post. They look like a Jeff Jones cut H bar. I am actually looking at purchasing these bars for my all-rounder - commuter/urban/light tour but can't decide between the cut H, loop H or bent H. I have cobbled together various bar accessories in a myriad of configurations to try and achieve this combination of function and comfort (major factor - the variety of hand positions.) Great for an old back that is waiting for the announcement of a total titanium spine replacement.

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Old 05-02-14, 04:17 PM   #6
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That's a Trek Soho;from the low spoke count wheel and the apparent conversion to SS or FG,I'd say it's a first year. Trek called that a 'Trekking' bar,not to be confused with the more common 'butterfly' trekking bar. The owner has added a pair of bar ends(those front horns). Trek also had a CF handlebar that looked similar to the above setup,only the horns curved in more. See the thread about those here.
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Another similar style from Rivendell Nitto Bullmoose Bar, dull bright - 150mm - 16194
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Sorry for the confusion, I was asking about the handlebars themselves, not the added bar ends installed. The more I look at the pic I wonder if the handlebar isnt just a bmx handlebar tilted way forward instead of in the normal up position.
I should have been more clear. Trek did make handle bars and the grab handles near the middle like that but I'm sure they were one piece carbon bars.
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That's a Trek Soho;from the low spoke count wheel and the apparent conversion to SS or FG,I'd say it's a first year. Trek called that a 'Trekking' bar,not to be confused with the more common 'butterfly' trekking bar. The owner has added a pair of bar ends(those front horns). Trek also had a CF handlebar that looked similar to the above setup,only the horns curved in more. See the thread about those here.
This looks like a Bontrager Satellite Plus Trekking bar which Trek used on some of their hybrids. (This style of bar also created interest for some MTB owners)



Kalloy also used to make a bar
(Model #:AL-095N) that closely resembled it (but may have had more sweep).




Here's a couple of old forums that discussed these bars:
Satellite Plus Trekking 25.4 - handlebars
Groovy Luv Handle vs Bontrager Satellite Plus Trekking - Page 2

I am also wanting to add a more aero / stretch position and looking for a new bar to replace my current bar. FYI - I have added bar ends to my current bar on the ends and considered mounting them closer to the center but ran into the same problem as prime winner. I am also not interested in drop or aero bars and have been looking at various trekking bars. The Bontrager Satellite Plus Trekking bar would be of interest to me if it was still available.
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Here's an old thread showing the carbon bars I was thinking about. >My 2013 Trek 7.7 FX Carbon Hybrid Bike
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Here's an old thread showing the carbon bars I was thinking about. >My 2013 Trek 7.7 FX Carbon Hybrid Bike
Yes, this is the another style made of carbon mentioned by dynaryder.

Satellite Elite Carbon Trekking

It is also not being made anymore but may be easier to find. It has an appeal and I might be interested if I could find something similar made of aluminum but I really don't need or want to pay for carbon.
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I just bought that carbon sattilite elite trekking bar off of this forum for my 2014 7.7fx $125 brand new! Can't believe I got it since I tried to find one a few weeks ago with no luck. Even called bontrager to see if they had one still around nope. I should have it Wed or Thursday weee. my Lbs said they will install it so I should have some pictures of it on the bike Thursday. So stoked.

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Not sure I see the value in this setup. The handle bar is basically like being on a very, very long stem. The looped portion of the bar comes in the center portion--am I really going to hold my hands there? I still think bar ends are better than any trekking bar--with the handlebar cut to shoulder length. I would even prefer a bullhorn bar to these but bar ends and a properly sized handlebar would do just as well.
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Yes, this is the another style made of carbon mentioned by dynaryder.

Satellite Elite Carbon Trekking

It is also not being made anymore but may be easier to find. It has an appeal and I might be interested if I could find something similar made of aluminum but I really don't need or want to pay for carbon.
if someone is looking for one, i have one the was used for 50 miles and then taken off when I switched to a road road bike, basically brand new
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I know this is an old tread but I am looking for a set of the Satellite Elite Trekking bars. If anyone still has them, please let me know. I am too new here and can't send PMs.

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I have no idea where you could get the Satellite bars but I have been using the Jones Loop H bar for a few years now and it has been working very well for me. There are three variations available and each one is available in up to three different materials so well worth a look if you can't find what you are looking for.
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Salsa Bend 2 with Profile Designs bar ends may work for you.
I have ordered some ESI racer grips in hopes I can get them around the bar ends.
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Salsa Bend 2 with Profile Designs bar ends may work for you.
I have ordered some ESI racer grips in hopes I can get them around the bar ends.
This is not too bad of a setup, in light of the carbon trekking bar being so hard to find. I'm curious why you went with the salsa bend 2, couldn't the bar ends work on a stock 8.6 DS handlebar? Any chance we could see more pics of this setup? I'm curious how it looks while looking at the entire bike pic.
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This is not too bad of a setup, in light of the carbon trekking bar being so hard to find. I'm curious why you went with the salsa bend 2, couldn't the bar ends work on a stock 8.6 DS handlebar? Any chance we could see more pics of this setup? I'm curious how it looks while looking at the entire bike pic.
Here are a few different pics. These bar ends would work on the stock DS bars. I decided to go with the Salsa because I found the 17 deg backward bend very comfortable. You wouldn't have the exact same position with the stock bars, the stock bars would put the bar ends a little farther apart. Notice the forward sweep in the salsa bars (previous post), this puts your hands in the same position even though there is a backward sweep. I hope this helps. gjmen

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Thanks for that. You've given me more to ponder!
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