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Old 03-26-07, 06:48 PM   #1
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fake Midge bars

Anyone running these?

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haha. I love it. on-one rips off the wtb/specialized/nitto design, then whomever makes the bars pictured rips off on-one..i love it.
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haha. I love it. on-one rips off the wtb/specialized/nitto design, then whomever makes the bars pictured rips off on-one..i love it.
...for less than half what Midges cost, so I'm gonna love it too if they're worth a ****.
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I would like to see a link to a site that sells these and maybe some specs
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They remind me of this old set of lugged Japanese north bars I have. I should dig 'em out.
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Old 03-26-07, 09:48 PM   #6
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The drops on those are twice as deep as the midge; as is the reach.

You could rest your chin on the stem cap on that one you got there.
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From what I've seen, they are direct copies of the on-one bars. A big US wholesaler (J&B Importers) carried on-one stuff for a season, then dropped them and copied the midge, mungo and mary.
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If true, that is one mo-fo-ing optical illusion.

I have a set of midge bars right here and their reach is about five inches, drop maybe six or seven. They're wide but compact.
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Origin makes several bars that are direct copies of on-one's stuff. On-One is a strange company. They do the same thing with Planet-X. Some of their products are badged as one or the other without any changes.
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http://www.origin-8.com/

bars>urban

Are they really called the "Gary (in customer service) Bar"? I can't decide if that funny.

BTW, the pic looks horrible. Marquee's pic does them better justice.
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I have a feeling these all come fromt he same friend in south east asia
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bars>urban

Are they really called the "Gary (in customer service) Bar"? I can't decide if that funny.

BTW, the pic looks horrible. Marquee's pic does them better justice.
I like how all the bars on that page are "aggressive"

Well... it's a seller's pic from ebay, not mine. Provided the wheel I need for my Redline project ever ****ing gets here I will probably pick some of these up for it. At this rate it will be June before that bike gets built.

Does anyone know what kind of distribution these have, as in could I order them through my LBS?
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I attempted to order these from J&B (Origin 8's sole distributor) and they said they don't even stock them (!), so I gave up. They were going to cost me under 10 bucks which struck me as positively ridiculous for an aluminum handlebar.
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Deeper drop and the length of the extension after the drop is longer. But just like the Midge is styled on the WTB, these are styled after the Midge & WTB. Which are all styled on the similar Nittos.

$10 for bars? I had a "bargain" set of bullhorns, crushed the tubing under the clamp on day one. Caviler Emperor
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they weren't going to bs stocked until march (at J&B)

They are in now. I just got a pair to build up a bike for a friend. So far so good. They seem a little thinner than the midges and might not be able to handle singletrack as well but for a bang around the city bar, they seem great.
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These may be what I need for my cross rig and if they are $20 then I'm going for it.
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I just saw some bars kinda like this but they were chrome and had what looked like a bit of rise toward the shoulders before the drop. Anyone know what they might be? I've got some Nitto Noodles that are similar but they are pretty flat along the tops. A slight rise might be nice. All the Midge type bars and copies seem to be black only.
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I just saw some bars kinda like this but they were chrome and had what looked like a bit of rise toward the shoulders before the drop. Anyone know what they might be? I've got some Nitto Noodles that are similar but they are pretty flat along the tops. A slight rise might be nice. All the Midge type bars and copies seem to be black only.
You might be thinking about the Randonneur http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?ID=415



I had them on the Cross Check before I mounted the Midge, which were swapped for the current Titec H-Bar clones.
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I had them on the Cross Check before I mounted the Midge, which were swapped for the current Titec H-Bar clones.
Those are them. What didn't you like about them and the Midges? Are the Titec's the bees knees?
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Those are them. What didn't you like about them and the Midges? Are the Titec's the bees knees?
I had a pair of Midges on my other Cross-Check, the geared one. Liked em so much I got another pair for the fixed CC. The Nittos went onto another one of my bikes. I'd always had a jones (hah, hah) for the H-Bar and decided the Cross-Check was the ideal candidate for a test.

I've though about mounting the displaced Midges on my X0-3, but I don't think I can get the bars up high enough to be truly effective. So they sit wrapped and waiting for the next incarnation.

I like the H, but it takes a bit of tinkering to get the fit right. Much like the Midge.
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Update - I just put in an order for these through my LBS. They are crazy cheap. I am quite a few parts short on my Redline project still but I may throw them on one of the other bikes just for kicks.
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Whats crazy cheap?
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They are about 1/4 the dealer cost of WTB drops...pretty amazing considering they claim to be a high grade of aluminum. The (Taiwa/chi)nese can do it on the cheap!
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$22 is what they quoted me.

How are the WTB bars by the way, 12XU?
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I saw those at an LBS who used to cary the Midge. They are just like the Midge only for $22. they also have a version of the Mungo, and Mary bars all at the same price. Considering I tried to buy a pair of Midge last year for $60, and couldn't get a pair, I for one am glad they are ripping off On One designs since On One apparently couldn't be bothered to provide their bars to U.S. customers at ANY price.
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