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Old 11-17-09, 05:31 PM   #1
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Bullhorns

I recently got a Windsor The Hour. Since I already have another single speed with drops, I want to put bullhorns on this bike. The ones I found here on ebay are $14.75, delivered. Is there a reason why Origin8 is so inexpensive? Can anyone recommend these bars?
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you think 15 bucks is expensive?
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you think 15 bucks is expensive?
If you read my post again, you'll see the letters "in" just before the word "expensive". I just popped for a $180 bar/stem combo for my other bike, and can't believe you can get bullhorns for less than $15. That's why I'm asking if they're any good, given the very affordable price.
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My wife had a set of silver Origin 8 bullhorns and the finish on them was absolutely terrible. The majority of it was obviously covered up by bar tape but the area next to the stem (that was visible) was pitted and creased so bad it looked like they were wrapped in used aluminum foil. She ended up snagging a set of Eighthinch 'horns that are much nicer.
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If you read my post again, you'll see the letters "in" just before the word "expensive". I just popped for a $180 bar/stem combo for my other bike, and can't believe you can get bullhorns for less than $15. That's why I'm asking if they're any good, given the very affordable price.

must be the yuengling

get em if thats the price.. they are good.
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ill stop being a dick. for now.

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My wife had a set of silver Origin 8 bullhorns and the finish on them was absolutely terrible. The majority of it was obviously covered up by bar tape but the area next to the stem (that was visible) was pitted and creased so bad it looked like they were wrapped in used aluminum foil. She ended up snagging a set of Eighthinch 'horns that are much nicer.
Thanks. I'll check them out.
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Hmm probably because they're low quality and heavy (in a sense when compared to the expensive ones)..... but if it works it works. Unless like you're a pro or something and you need to trim off as many ounces as you need on your bike.
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I have black origin8s, no problems whatsoever. great bar for the money. Im also 99.9999% sure Origin8 and 1/8 inch bars are exactly the same.
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I thought that too before I saw them side by side. They're definitely not the same. The Eighthinch bars have about two inches less reach, the bulge for the stem is smaller and the curves are slightly sharper. The Origin 8 bars are actually a little lighter but to me, the Eighthinch bars feel better (more solid).
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I have black origin8s, no problems whatsoever. great bar for the money. Im also 99.9999% sure Origin8 and 1/8 inch bars are exactly the same.
The Eighth inch bars look a lot better.
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I have origin 8 bars. They're not especially stiff, light, or well finished. They're covered with bar tape an I can hold on to them to control my bike. Do not regret them at all.
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I didn't mean to come across like I was talking smack on Origin 8 bars and I apologize if anyone took it that way. Agreed that they're inexpensive and they get the job done. I was just pointing out that I wasn't particularly stoked about the finish on the set my wife had.
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I didn't mean to come across like I was talking smack on Origin 8 bars and I apologize if anyone took it that way. Agreed that they're inexpensive and they get the job done. I was just pointing out that I wasn't particularly stoked about the finish on the set my wife had.
That's cool. At that price, I wouldn't really have very big expectations. But I do want something that works and looks good. If my bike was an old beater, it wouldn't be such a big deal.
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I would go with Eighthinch bars then. They're not much more money and it seems Eigthinch has really stepped up their quality. In addition to my wife's bullhorns, I just got a set of silver classic track drops and the finish is flawless on those too.

wheelandsprocket's eBay store has them for $19.60 shipped, in many sizes/colors:

http://cgi.ebay.com/EIGHTHINCH-BULLH...item518aef8c2e
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Hmm probably because they're low quality and heavy (in a sense when compared to the expensive ones)..... but if it works it works. Unless like you're a pro or something and you need to trim off as many ounces as you need on your bike.
Um wrong, at 250g they are considered light.
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My bike is yellow, and I'm thinking black will look better than silver or white. But the Eighth Inch bars look sweet in white.
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I can't speak for origin8 or eighth inch, but I originally bought some cheap nashbar-brand bullhorns and immediately swapped them for RB0-21's. I didn't think it mattered when I got the Nashbars, but man the quality is a world of difference. Cheap bars feel like they'll scuff, bend or break real easy, the Nitto's have a solid feel and a comfortable shape. The excellent polish doesn't hurt either. If you're tight on cash then go for cheap bars, but don't expect them to last several years or anything.
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It's not that I'm tight on cash, (OK, I kinda am right now ) but I'd rather build up this bike on a budget. Isn't that the beauty of a complete from Bikesdirect? You get a nice bike for $280, and then you have money left over to try different bits here and there.
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I bought those bars and hated them. They were too flat for my taste. Ended up going back to my flop n chops.
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Are there similar priced bullhorns out there with a very slight drop. I currently ride old steel flopped and chopped drops and they offer a slight drop and a short reach that is pretty comfortable, however, they are old and steel and the bar size is really small so brakes wont fit well on them. So I wouldn't mind getting a set of semi drop bullhorns in the near future
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Can anyone suggest generally good bullhorn bars? i'm not a fan of the Nitto RB0-21 style of drops, so i'm definitely looking for a flat bar instead of the mock-drop curve.

any suggestions are appreciated!
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Robo - if you're looking to not spend a ton of cash and still end up with decent bars that look and feel good, I recommend the Eighthinch bars.
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Can anyone suggest generally good bullhorn bars? i'm not a fan of the Nitto RB0-21 style of drops, so i'm definitely looking for a flat bar instead of the mock-drop curve.

any suggestions are appreciated!
look at rb018 if you dont want origin8, eighthinch, flop and chop
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If flop and chop considered ghetto? Because that's what we used to do, back in the day.
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