Who says drop bars have to adhere to a certain formula? Over the years, we’ve seen a number of companies rethink the traditional drop bar from different drop shapes, to more rise, sweep, flare, and just about everything else you could think of. Two of the latest funky drop bars come to us from RideFarr and Surly, and they look like they’ll fill very different needs.

Funky Drop Bars: RideFarr adds Aero Gravel one piece, Surly rises at the Truck Stop Funky Drop Bars: RideFarr adds Aero Gravel one piece, Surly rises at the Truck Stop

For the Farr Aero Gravel drop bar, the company says that they took inspiration from riders using their Carbon Aero Bolt-On and decided to make a one piece design with all of the same hand positions. They also wanted to make it affordable, so the bar is made from 6061-T6 aluminum and will run about $95 depending on the exchange rate. Funky Drop Bars: RideFarr adds Aero Gravel one piece, Surly rises at the Truck Stop

The bar features a 25° flare at the drops, and is available in 42, 44, and 46cm sizes. Claimed weight is 500g for the 46cm, and the bar uses a standard 31.8mm clamp for the stem. RideFarr points out that they ship globally, with product arriving in 5 to 7 days for most destinations.

ridefarr.com

Surly Truck Stop Bars

Surly isn’t the first company to offer a riser drop bar, but they are (probably?) the first to include it in a video with truck stop hot dogs.

Funky Drop Bars: RideFarr adds Aero Gravel one piece, Surly rises at the Truck Stop Funky Drop Bars: RideFarr adds Aero Gravel one piece, Surly rises at the Truck Stop

Available in aluminum and 42, 45, or 48cm widths, the Truck Stop Bar has a 12° flare and 30mm rise at the top of the bar.

Funky Drop Bars: RideFarr adds Aero Gravel one piece, Surly rises at the Truck Stop

The bar uses a 31.8mm clamping surface, and measures 475/505/535mm at the drops.

surlybikes.com

7 COMMENTS

  1. You could get the exact same bar position by choosing a stem with more rise instead of those truck stop bars. Seems to be over complicating things…

    • Not if you are really tall, have a extra long torso, and a bad back. Currently running a Soma condor riser drop bar on a 61cm frame, and a 17 degree rise, 110mm stem. Even with that set up the hoods are still below seat level, and I could really use a longer stem(hard to find with that kind of rise and a strong clamp) and even a touch more height.

      Also these bars are great for CX for hopping barriers/obstacles and extra control on the rough stuff on the hoods and the drops are now a little higher for better braking on descents and a lower position around corners without breaking your back.

      • Ironically, those with very short torsos can also benefit. They tend to have large saddle to bar drops and on some bikes a riser bar is very handy to dial in fit.

        And you can’t get the same results from a stem only. Unless you are privy to infinitely variable stem angles and lengths. A straight vertical rise of a bar is a nice tuning tool. Just like bars with shorter reaches are valuable.

  2. I second what Seb said. Also, if you like your front light mounted in the normal place, it will be shining into the bushes. Then with the aero gravel bars, with those, you can’t change the angle of the aero position.

  3. I like what FARR is doing. I see multiple uses for the additional “aero” hoop up front. Like the Jones handlebars, but for grav-grav, could be handy for bike packing too! Great price point as well.

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