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On-One Mary Bars, Surly Open Bars, and similar "alt" bars on a '93 Raleigh MTB stem?

Old 10-07-13, 03:46 PM
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On-One Mary Bars, Surly Open Bars, and similar "alt" bars on a '93 Raleigh MTB stem?

I'm really intrigued with "alt" bars like the On-One Mary. From doing some googling, it appears these need a modern stem for large-diameter bars and the removable face plate.

I realize I CAN change stems but I figure, why bother, IF there is a similar bar that I might be able to install here. Hopefully the pic below shows the size I need.
I'd really like to try some pull-back bars but don't want to spend any more than necessary.

Here's my current setup. Thanks for any advice!

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https://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/HBOOMA/o...mary_handlebar

It says here it's also available in a 25.4 clamp, which is likely what you need.
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I had Mary Bars on my dedicated mountain bike and removed them after about 5 rides or so. The technical trails combined with the constant motion of your hands going forwards and back created blisters like no other! Ouch!

I then moved them to my commuter, where they lived a short, but happy life before I parted that bike out.

I then moved the bars over temporarily to another townie rig, and to your interest, it was a quill stem with no removable faceplate.


Verdict: For town riding they're cool. I'd stay away for much more of anything else. Your mileage may vary.
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Yep, the Mary is available in 25.4, as is the Origin8 Space Bar (a Mary clone). Possibly others of the type, too. The large diameter ones you're talking about will be listed as 31.8, but you -- almost certainly -- need the aforementioned 25.4 clamp diameter. I have a Space Bar on my main commuter/hauler and love it. Note that many of this style bars have 3.5 cm or so of rise.
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Luxy bar.

FTW

https://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...-luxy-bar.html

https://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com...rs-update.html

I rode an XO-1 with a set last week and loved them.

Cookin' up a project myself to use a set.



Pic from the Singular Cycles blog.
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Thanks guys! Very helpful. I'm back to biking after many years away and am baffled by some of the newer tech stuff, like fat handlebars and so on. Sometimes just asking questions like this saves a lot of googling.

YoKev, thanks for your thoughts about off-road use. This bike is a commuter with street tires and not much of a real MTB these days.

I figure some different bars would be fun and relatively inexpensive to try. I've thought of doing a drop bar conversion but am not ready to spend that much money yet.
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Originally Posted by Squeeze
Thanks guys! Very helpful. I'm back to biking after many years away and am baffled by some of the newer tech stuff, like fat handlebars and so on. Sometimes just asking questions like this saves a lot of googling.

YoKev, thanks for your thoughts about off-road use. This bike is a commuter with street tires and not much of a real MTB these days.

I figure some different bars would be fun and relatively inexpensive to try. I've thought of doing a drop bar conversion but am not ready to spend that much money yet.
Buying a used stem isn't that expensive.

Finding used bars isn't that much either.

I think it's fun to try different combos on bicycles to personalize to your tastes.
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That Luxy bar looks pretty interesting, actually. A little more drop than moustache bars, which I currently use & like a lot. I think the moustaches definitely give you a bit more forward reach though, and quite possibly they're wider overall too. I'd probably try a pair of those though, if they became easily available, at the right price.
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Originally Posted by spacemanz
That Luxy bar looks pretty interesting, actually. A little more drop than moustache bars, which I currently use & like a lot. I think the moustaches definitely give you a bit more forward reach though, and quite possibly they're wider overall too. I'd probably try a pair of those though, if they became easily available, at the right price.
I don't know what a right price means to you, but I found two sets used at a fairly reasonable price.

I haven't been able to find new sets, but they may be sitting out in a store somewhere.

Worth digging around for I hope, as I sure liked them that one time last weekend.
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