Announced eight years ago, the Velo Orange Crazy Bars were an immediate success with bikepackers and bike tourers. They had a three-piece design, generous sweep, and were quite different than anything else out there. They’ve had a few tweaks over the years, but the design has generally stayed consistent. After listening to suggestions from riders and testing a few prototypes, Velo Orange just released the details about the next generation Crazy Bars, which are quite a bit different than their predecessor.
So what all has changed? For one, we’re happy to report that the Velo Orange Crazy Bars got significantly wider. Formerly a cool 666mm, the new version features a 780mm width from end to end. The sweep has also been reduced to a more conservative 35°. And, they also introduced 40mm of rise to the bars. According to Velo Orange, “this combo creates the perfect balance of leverage for out of the saddle climbs and natural wrist positioning for regular riding.” Additionally, the grip area on the bars is longer, providing more room for brakes, shifters, dropper levers, bells, or even longer grips.
While a price hasn’t been released yet, the new Velo Orange Crazy Bars will be available in bead-blasted silver and Noir finishes and they’re expecting to have them in stock in June. You can find more details on the Velo Orange blog announcement. You can also find the originals on the VO website here.
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