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Interbike Follow Up - New Woodchipper Bar

One of the best things about any tradeshow is showing new products. Big brands spend tons of money to promote and entice dealers and media into their booths. Small brands don't have the money needed for a full on marketing push and often depend on good old fashioned product design with unique function, features, appearance and price. To that end, one our big hits this year is the new Woodchipper drop bar.

The Woodchipper is our new short reach, shallow drop, dirt capable, drop bar, or SRSDDCDB. OK, no acronyms. Look closely and you will see this is a very unique and capable bar. Check out some of the features.

- Two widths - 42 and 46 (measured center to center at the brake lever)
- Two clamp sizes - 25.4 and 31.8
- Two price points
- Extra long cuttable drop section
- Flared drops for comfort and wrist clearance
- Short Reach = 80mm
- Drop = Well, depends on where you put your hands. In the middle of the super long drop -portion it is about 100mm and less near the drop where your hands should be while off roading.
- More vertical levers - We put an extra bend in the bar to give a more vertical position for the brake lever. The levers aren't canted in and give you lots of room on the bars.
- Comfort - In our opinion, there are more usable positions on this bar than other off road drop bars

This is my personal bar set up that I have been riding for many months. I've grown so accustomed to it that I find myself not wanting to ride my other drop bars or flat bars on my other mtn bikes. My set up angles the levers in just a bit to be in line with the flared drops. This still gives me plenty of room for my custom Epic Designs bar bag. It also gives it a really nice feel and my hands fall right into place on either the tops or the drops. Sweet.

Here is one last shot taken on my Umpqua River Trail trip. This set up was super sweet in handling the 80+ miles of terrain of the Umpqua River Trail. I used all the positions on the bar and the Woodchipper was the perfect companion to my super capable and versatile Salsa Fargo. This combo ate up the terrain.

So....Here are the final details.

The bars are in production now and should be in stock in late November/early December. We'll do a full on set up post with recommendations for angles, levers, etc when they arrive for sale.

Here are the final details for both consumers and dealers.

Moto Ace Woodchipper w/25.4 bar clamp
42cm - HB8110
46cm - HB8112
6000 series alloy
345 grams for the 42
MSRP = $40

Woodchipper w/31.8 bar clamp
42cm - HB8106
46cm - HB8108
7000 series alloy
325 grams for the 42
MSRP = $66

For dealers, you can put these on item watch now at qbp.com. Oh....And if you are looking for them on qbp.com, look under Road Drop Bars because qbp.com doesn't have a place for Mtn Drop Bars....Yet!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.

COMMENTS (13)

 giant hogweed |

to dial this bar in, do you need a longer stem or longer top tube?

 MG |

Yep… The Woodchipper is a nice piece (yes, I rode the prototypes).  Easily my favorite off-road drop bar yet, and that includes the old-school WTB Dirt Drop, my former all-time favorite.

Thanks for following through with it, guys.  I'll definitely be runnin' one on the Fargo soon.  In fact, I might even try one on my Chili Con Crosso too, just for fun.  Who knows?

 Kid Riemer |

Smitty, one other suggestion is consider doing the RSS feed. Instead of you checking in, it will bring you news of new posts.

That said, yes we will try to keep the blog as active and interactive as possible. It is difficult at times though.

 Butcher |

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 Butcher |

Ben, thanks for the comments.  I'm betting a few of us that plan to come to your Nov 1st ride will be on prototypes. 

Smitty, thanks for the comment too.  Yes we are aware that the blog content going into IB wasn't what it was going into 2008 IB. 

We are committed to keeping the blog fresh as well as experimenting with other social media such as Facebook. 

Thanks again.

 Butcher |

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 Smitty |

I'm late to the post-interbike party.  Could it be that I only check the Salsa blog once a month now?  Hmmmm.  Did anyone raise this issue with you at interbike?  Go look back at the blog posts in August and Sept 08.  It would be cool if that level of interaction could be seen here again.  Here's hoping that 2010 sees a resurgent Salsa blog.

 Ben |

Pictures do not do these justice. For anyone trying to decide whether to get a set or not, don't bother. These are hands down the best drop bars for offroad out there. I'll take four please!

(Off to Item Watch.)

 Butcher |

So far I've seen the proto types on a Surly 1x1, several Fargos and a few other projects. 

I plan to put one on my La Cruz.  I'll post a pic up afterwards.

 Cellarrat |

Sweet news!

 Chris |

Great looking bar! Anyone using it on thier cross bike yet?

 Chris |

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Kevin | August 10th, 2010

I might try them on my Casseroll SS. I think that the wide flare would make for some comfortable road rides too.

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