Posted by Miles Arbour
Launched in 2018 by Ross O’Reilly, Straight Cut Design is a small custom bag company that operates out of The Biscuit Factory, a multi-purpose arts and fashion hub in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their new Handlebar Harness caught our eye. While it may look like any other minimalist harness out there at first glance, there are a few clever design tweaks that should make for a more stable setup.
Like most other harnesses, it uses a series of webbing straps and buckles to secure itself to the handlebar, creating a cradle for a dry bag of your choosing, but unlike other harnesses I’ve used, the webbing is routed in a way that not only looks a bit more secure, but also holds the load slightly further away from the bike’s head tube, an issue Straight Cut set out to solve. The back of the harness is reinforced with HDPE, and additional webbing is secured to the crown of the fork, which should offer a little more space for cables and hoses.
The body of the harness is constructed from 500d Cordura, with closed cell foam in between for padding, and is bar tacked at all attachment points for added strength. The minimum distance from the handlebar to fork crown is 190mm (7.4″) and the maximum is 250mm (9.8″), for the harness to function properly. Right now, the handlebar harness is only offered in black, but Straight Cut offers custom builds to match the rest of your kit.
The Straight Cut Handlebar Harness is priced at £60.00 (~$78 USD) and is available now from StraightCutDesign.com.