Each year at April Fools we see stories of adjustable handlebars, but the joke is now officially over with the launch of the new Ibis handlebar system.
The Ibis adjustable handlebar is basically a 750mm carbon that can be used as is, or ‘extended’ with the use of aluminium inserts that thread into the ends.
Out of the box, the inserts add 50mm to the overall length of the bar, meaning that you can experiment with different handlebar sizes without having to worry about chopping down your expensive hardware.
If the two 25mm inserts are just a tad too long you can chop these down instead so fine-tuning your bar width is still possible, and if you messed it up all you would need is a new set of $15 inserts to get back to full 800mm length again. We suppose there could be an option in the future that could even bring the bars to over 800mm, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Ibis has created 2 versions of the bar, a Lo-Fi with 10mm rise and Hi-Fi with a taller 30mm rise. Each carbon is 31.8mm only and is pretty lightweight. The Hi-Fi weighs 249g while the Lo-Fi comes in at 238g. Each bar has a 9 upsweep, 5 backsweep.
Interestingly for a handlebar, Ibis is giving these carbon bars the same length warranty as they do with its carbon frames! A full 7-year warranty is pretty much unheard of for a bar, but it will only cover manufacturing defects.
Customers choosing to by an XT lever or higher Ibis complete bike will receive these new bars as standard, and they’ll also be available aftermarket for at £169.99. Would you like to see a review of these bars? Then let us know in the comments section below.