You’ve probably noticed that gravel bike evolution seems to be echoing that of mountain bikes to some extent. Tires are getting wider, companies are experimenting with suspension, and geometries are changing to include shorter stems and wider bars. While they’re probably not the most aerodynamic, the wider bars offer better control and leverage. That makes them a welcome change for riders looking to take on more technical terrain on their gravel bikes.

An ultra wide gravel bar by Nitto? Farr Wide-R handlebar collaboration makes it happen

Because of this, more brands are looking to get in on the wide bar trend. But as Farr found out, making crazy wide drop bars isn’t as easy as just widening an existing design. So they sought the help of Japanese handlebar masters, Nitto. But even with Nitto’s expertise, this wasn’t a quick project. Instead, the two entities have been working on drop-flare handlebar prototypes for the past 12 months. The result is the new Wide-R bars – and they’re certainly wide!

An ultra wide gravel bar by Nitto? Farr Wide-R handlebar collaboration makes it happen

At their widest, the L handlebar measures a full 750mm at the ends of the drops. That same bar measures just 600mm at the hoods to give you an idea of how much flare these bars actually have.

An ultra wide gravel bar by Nitto? Farr Wide-R handlebar collaboration makes it happen

That measures out to be a 20° flare for all bar sizes with a 120mm drop and 65mm reach. Each bar also has a 100mm wide 31.8mm diameter center section which can accommodate the Farr Aero Bolt-On V2 accessory or other accessories like handlebar roll mounts, aero bars, etc.

An ultra wide gravel bar by Nitto? Farr Wide-R handlebar collaboration makes it happen

Each Wide-R bar is made from heat treated aluminum alloy and will be available in three sizes – 650, 700, and 750mm. Claimed weights are listed as 385g, 400g, and 415g respectively.

An ultra wide gravel bar by Nitto? Farr Wide-R handlebar collaboration makes it happen

Available in May, the bars are available for pre-order at $110 each.

ridefarr.com

6 COMMENTS

  1. For me that 20deg flare is too much, you have to flex your wrist outward too much to get to the gear lever on a brifter. I had an On-one Midge bar i got rid of for that reason.

    • Since 2009. i have trade show catalogs, that was the oldest one i could find with 31.8 bars and stems, they call it “SSB”

  2. 120 drop… ehhh… Why-oh-why? What I really, really would like to see is flared, wide handlebars with compact drop. Less than 100, preferably around 70-80…
    So far Ritchey Venture Max is coming closest, but only in 460mm 🙁
    Cheers!
    I.

  3. Interesting to me is the direct tilt down where the bar curves towards the drop compared to the angle of the drop… a full bike photo (read this as with bar tape and shifter/hoods) might reveal this to be the worst shaped bar I’ve seen.

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