Ibis realized that many riders are wary of cutting their handlebars down to size since it’s a one-way change. “We’ve seen many riders using bars that were either too wide or too narrow, so we created a fit solution that would make it easy to experiment with different bar widths,” the company noted in a press release.
Ibis’s solution was to develop versions of its high- and low-rise handlebars that employ a pair of cut-able aluminum inserts, which thread into alloy sleeves bonded into the carbon handlebar.
The new Adjustable-Width handlebar is 750mm-wide with 50mm of extra length from 25mm alloy insertsCourtesy
The total handlebar width with the inserts installed is 800mm. Removing them results in a width of 750mm. If you prefer a 780mm-wide bar, simply cut 10mm off each side of the alloy inserts.
If you decide you want to go back to 800mm, you can purchase replacement inserts from Ibis for $15. (UK and Australian pricing have yet to be announced.)
The benefit of this system is that it allows bicycle retailers, fit specialists and riders to easily customize fit without committing to a width by cutting the carbon handlebar — measure twice, cut as needed.
Cut-able inserts allow riders to fine-tune fit without cutting their actual handlebarCourtesy
The Hi-Fi has a claimed weight of 249g — 24g more than the non-adjustable width version. The Lo-Fi has a claimed weight of 238g. Both handlebars use 31.8mm clamps.
Ibis is offering its Adjustable-Width handlebars on complete bikes equipped with the 30mm Hi-Fi and 10mm Low-Fi handlebars now on XT, XO1 and XX1 builds. Customers eyeing budget-minded NX and GX builds can upgrade to these bars for an upcharge.
Ibis offers the Adjustable-Width bar in low- (10mm) and high-rise (30mm) versionsCourtesy
The Adjustable-Width bars will be available aftermarket this fall and will retail for $169.99. They are backed by a seven-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.