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The Klunker Bar will quickly become your favorite handlebar. These upright, chromoly handlebars are the perfect position for bombing dirt roads, a trek across town to visit the new coffee shop, and loaded touring. The Klunker is 680mm wide, has a comfortable 45° sweep, and 3" (7.6cm) of rise. The clamp diameter is 25.4mm and the grip area is 22.2mm - standard outer diameters for mountain and city brakes and shifters. Due to it's design, you'll need a removeable faceplate stem to work with this bar.
Available in Nickel and Noir. For an added bit of flair, check out our BMX-inspired Klunker Crash Pads.
- Stem Clamp: 25.4mm
- Grip: 22.2mm
- Rise: 7.6cm
- Sweep: 45 deg
- Width: 680mm
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I was looking for a bar that was upright and would shorten the reach on my MB-1 retro mod. I had been running drops for about a year but felt too stretched out and didn’t like the like them much for getting off road. It was hard to get my weight back while having braking power. I was looking at the VO Klunker bar, the Jones loop 2.5, and the Nitto Hi-bar from Blue Lug. Found the Klunker bar at my LBS and thought I’d give them a shot. I am so glad I did. Ive been riding them for about two weeks and I’m really enjoying them. They are not light but no biggie. Maybe it’d be cool to offer a HT aluminum version but I’m not complaining about the weight. Very comfortable for cruising and they provide ample leverage for getting rowdy. The rise is generous without being ridiculous. I’m running a 225mm long stem with a 50mm reach and I had to bottom it out so that they weren’t too high. Also the Klunker bars are a great solution to vintage MTB retro mods as they come back enough to shorten your reach from the longish top tube of the era. With my 50mm stem and they are just about perfect reach wise. I find they offer 3 good hand positions and while they don’t really allow you stretch out you can tuck out of the wind fairly well if you grab the lower part of the bar. Bombing big hills is a blast with these btw. Another win is that the wrist pain that I had been experiencing from riding drops is all but gone. AND they look cool. All in all great bars for a good price. Can’t say enough or recommend them higher.
Went to my local bike shop (Broken Spoke of GB, WI) and had my Surly Midnight Special converted from stock drop bars to the Velo Orange Klunkers. I use them for paved trails with frequent off-road excursions and find them to be a perfect balance of comfort, speed and handling. I also really like the looks, the nickel is very shiny.
I am using with stock stem, Lizard Skin grip and occasionally use a Surly 8-Pack Rack.
If you have a bike with a low stack, the rise on this works nicely for city and moderate off road riding. I've set up these bars so the grips are in the same plane as my saddle, and at that height it works well as a city and moderate off-road bar. Seated climbing is very comfortable and helps keep weight on the rear wheel in loose conditions. Flat sections into a headwind are slow, which in on par with the more upright seating position. Rough downhill is where these bars really shine. The sweep makes it easy to pull back a bit and keep a line and the width makes adjustments at speed feel easy even on loose descents. Out of the saddle these can be on the twitchy side, without a front load. Other considerations are these only really allow for one hand position, as there isn't much room to adjust the shifter and brake leaver further in or out. Also, getting grips, brakes and a shifter on can be a tight fit.