Do we need to explain what they're for?
It's hard to pin them down. We've used them on:
They take ROAD LEVERS, clamp in MTB STEMS and have a much shallower drop than most bars on the market, which means you can ride on the drops far more of the time, have great access to the brake levers and descend steep stuff with far more confidence than you'd ever imagine (some say they can descend rougher terrain better on these than on a regular flat bar).
Dimensions and stuff:- Geometry:- Width at the ends -- 554mm - centre/centre Width of "flat section" or "tops" - 375mm Overall drop - 112mm centre/centre Sweep forward - 64.5mm centre/centre (from centre of bar clamp to centre of tube at the front. Flare at ends - 113deg Finish - black anodised with lazer logos. ID at ends (for bar end shifter users) - 19.8mm Brake Lever clamp size on main bit of bar - 23.8 (road lever clamp standard) Stem Bar C. Material:- 6061 aluminium.
Weight 25.4mm 277gr (White finish)
Weight 31.8mm 299gr (White finish)
Well made, light and, at least in 25.4 version, have a slight give to them, which probably makes them a bit more comfortable. Have done about 1000 light-XC kilometres on them without issue and find them to be really comfortable, offering a variety of hand positions and great control in the the drops, which is the primary riding position. As with all off-road drops, you should install them so that the main hand position, in the drops, is the height it would be if you were using a flat bar; for me, this is just below the saddle.I only have one criticism: I think they'd be even more comfortable with a bit more flare angle and if the ends/sweeps were a bit longer. (Hope you read this, Brant;)
Yes, Tim, they are wide enough, but remember they are road standard diameter, which is wider than MTB standard, so your MTB flat bar shifters / brakes won't fit.
I have a hack SS (spech Rockhopper) with a rear disc brake, am I right in thinking these bars are wide enough to accommodate the single lever and possibly some bar tape?
Hi Phillip, if you have hydraulic discs on your Boardman then you'll be struggling as there aren't any drop bar hyfraulic brake levers. If you're after a slightly more 'aero' body position you might want to lower the stack height of your stem or even flipping your stem upside down.
Got a Boardman Hybrid on the cycle to work scheme, problem is I'm not the smallest person and into the wind I present a large sail like profile! I wanted to drop lower to help with this, however it appears that you have to change all your levers. is this correct or could I use my standard gear shifters and brakes. If not can you buy Avid hydraulic brake levers( or equivalent) on their own. Or is there a more suitable solution to get what I want.
Love these bars! I don't know why, but they just feel right and give a bike a fabulous old fashioned look.
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Thanks for posting me! One further tweak on the road to the perfect handlebar: a bit of vertical rise (5-10?), à la Nitto Randonneur, but from very close to the center section, with just enough of a flat length for the clamp. That would yield viable hand placement at every position on the bar. Believe me, those old bars were HOT!
Hello. Love the Midge! Any chance, though, of a narrower version, say, by 8-10cm? That would be a big plus for city riding, street fixies, messenger bikes and the like. And while you're at it, how about a slightly shallower drop (by 20-30mm) and a bit more flare, taking from the straight middle section, that could shrink by about half? Think computer morphing, half-way between the current Midge and the Soma 490mm Sparrow. I remember bars like that from about 40 years ago, growing up in South America. There isn't anything quite like it on the market right now. I'll be first in line to get one!
I'd just like to say how comfortable Midge bars are for long distances. Coming to road-touring from mtb, I found regular drops closed up my chest and hi speed felt very twitchy. These place the brakes better and the width gives more control on rough surfaces. Best of all, I no longer bash bar-end shifters with my knee when climbing out of the saddle. Sure they look weird, but well,so do I! Google images of Maurice Garin, the first ever Tour(1903) winner, to see the pedigree!
Hi Ray, these are made of 6061 aluminium.
Hello! What are the Midge handlebars made of? Aluminum? Cro-moly? I'm thinking about purchasing the high-polished silver ones (25.4) when they come in. Thanks!
Hi Timofee, it is all down to personal preference really. Some people prefer to fit stems with a slightly higher rise to account for the drops. Your best bet is to fit them with your current setup and tweak as necessary.
Do you guys change your stems to higher/lower, longer/shorter etc when fitting Midges from flat bars? Cheers!
Hi Sascha. Those bars are due to arrive with us early February. Sorry for the delay.
Hi Gary. MTB brake levers are designed for a slightly smaller diameter bar so you'd have to open the clamps up by force to get them on any bars designed for road levers. Not ideal.
Hi, can i use mtb brake levers on this bar? Intend to use this on my foldie with barend shifters.
Hi! I know you have the "request stock alert", but it didn't say how many month it will take till the polished silver 25.4 version of the midge will be back in stock. I am bulding a bike right now so it would be great to know for planing :)
Morning Brian. If you click the "request stock alert" link you'll automatically get an email as soon as the item comes back into stock. Hope that's helpful.
Hi, could you let me know when you'll have anodized red bars with a 25.4 mm clamp in stock ?
Should be fine, Stefan, all road levers have the same handlebar fitting diameter.
Is this suitable with campagnolo ergopower b/shifter levers? Assuming that the 40cm cc is the right width for my physical conformation Is there a case not to fit in my size?
Yes, I'd recommend the Shimano 105 STI's (Â£149.99)(triple compatible). I'd also suggest using linear pull gear cables such as the Alone Alon-ier as these substantially reduce the amount of outer cable compression and dramatically improve braking performance.
@JonB. Thanks for the reply. So if I converted to say a set of Avid BB7's running cables instead of hydraulics, could you recommend a mid priced (STI or thumbs maybe?) brake and gear lever set that would go well with the Midge? (9 speed rear, 3 front)
Hi Stuart. Currently we know of no drop bar hydraulic disc brake levers. There was one prototype exhibited at Eurobike this year though so it is definitely a potential future product.
I am looking to change to a drop bar, but my Kona has got hydraulic disc brakes. Are there any (STI style?) brake and gear levers that are complatible with hydraulic disc brakes and drop bars? Thanks very much!
I bought o/s Midge bars for a Salsa Vaya. Mainly for long(ish) distance road rides, but with some off-road capability. I now spend about 50% of ride time on the drops, in perfect comfort. What a revelation. A touring bar par excellence. Good stuff, thanks.