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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
    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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    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.

    Take a look at Jeff Jones Bicycles website:

    http://www.jonesbikes.com/h-bar.html

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by prime winner View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    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)

    Bontrager Satellite Plus.jpg

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

    ka2051.jpg


    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jbchybridrider View Post
    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.
    2722f6bcd13027c06fe9d3b0e6f955cf_L.jpg
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by prime winner View Post

    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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    If you like the grips at that angle you would call them comfortable ..

    I have no Idea if you would like the grips at that angle or the grips the pictured bar uses .


    these trekking Figure 8 bend as a Type are another choice Nashbar Trekking Mountain Bike Handlebar - Normal Shipping Ground

    there you have a near and a far-reach still using the flat bar controls ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksmoondoggie View Post
    Yes, this is the another style made of carbon mentioned by dynaryder.
    2722f6bcd13027c06fe9d3b0e6f955cf_L.jpg
    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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