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A Huge-Eyed First Take a look at Tumbleweed Bicycle Co’s Large Dipper Drop Bar Handlebars


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Let’s speak about handlebars, we could? Extra in particular, Tumbleweed Bicycle Co’s new Large Dipper Drop Bar. Let me get started via announcing that I really like the Tumbleweed Persuader Bars that I’ve been the usage of. They’re extensive (810mm) and lovely. So after I noticed that Daniel over at Tumbleweed launched their new Large Dipper drop bar handlebar, I sought after to check out them out.

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar wrapped in Rattler
(Footage/Ron Frazelle)

I’m a company believer in some great benefits of driving with wider handlebars. In my revel in, they provide the rider extra convenience and regulate. In terms of making an attempt extensive drop bars typically, I didn’t suppose I’d first of all like them. I’m from the old-timey days, when it used to be believed that your street bars must by no means be wider than your shoulders.

A couple of years in the past I had the chance to change my 44cm bars on my Masi Rando motorcycle and take a look at a “wider” pair of 48cm bars. Jeez, that modified how I felt concerning the wider bars. I truly appreciated the way in which the ones 48cm bars felt, in conjunction with the added regulate and hand placement they presented me. I sought after extra… I sought after to move wider.

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar Walmer bar in action
A nice instance of the Walmer Bar’s 29-degree flare

When it got here time to construct my first gravel motorcycle, I selected the Curve Biking Walmer Bar in a 50cm. That bar felt like the very best width for me. I don’t suppose it’s essentially the most comfy bar, and I don’t handle the quantity of aptitude. However, I’ve put masses of miles on it within the remaining yr, and I’m in a position for one thing other.

Alongside got here the Tumbleweed Large Dipper drop bar.

The Large Dipper Drop Bar

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar finished and ready

Daniel designed the Large Dipper to pair completely with Tumbleweed’s drop bar journey motorcycle, the Stargazer. Able for a great time, the Large Dipper drop bar is rated for off-road use (ISO 4210 mountain motorcycle power/fatigue checking out). The bar has were given clamping diameter of 31.8mm and is manufactured from triple-butted 7000 sequence aluminum, which is more potent than 6000 sequence.

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar 109mm drop
Quick achieve and shallow drop

It’s extensive proper from the get-go with the smallest dimension being 51cm. The sizes of the Large Dipper pass up from there with the following sizes being 54cm and 57cm. In keeping with Tumbleweed, the width is measured from middle to middle on the hoods. It has a shallow drop (109mm), a brief achieve (50mm), in addition to a pleasing 5° again sweep.

First Impressions

Once I won the handlebars, I used to be beautiful excited to get them put in on my Masi Incanto. I had simply won recent rolls of Camp and Cross Gradual’s Western Rattler bar tape and couldn’t wait to put in the bars. I’m sorry to mention that I forgot to weigh the bars in my haste.

Tumbleweed offers a median weight of 385g around the to be had sizes of the Large Dipper. Mine is the smallest of the 3, so I’m guessing mine (51cm) is below the common weight. I don’t suppose weight is an important when the usage of a bar like this. I can say that it feels considerably lighter than my 50cm Curve Walmer Bar (425g)

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar logo front
To and Fro strains lend a hand middle the bar within the stem

Simple Set up

Getting the bars fixed used to be simple sufficient. It had “backward and forward” markings that helped middle the bar within the stem. After I were given them fixed and taped up, I took them out for a lil’ 20 miler.

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar 5 degree backsweep
Just right shot of the Large Dipper’s 5-degree backsweep

Thus far, the 5° again sweep at the Large Dipper feels ergonomic and at ease. The Large Dipper additionally feels extra compliant than the Walmer Bar at the little little bit of tough stuff that I’ve completed to this point.

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar perfect flare
Great standpoint appearing the Large Dipper’s 20 diploma flare.

Every other factor I really like a bit of higher concerning the Large Dipper is the 20° flare when in comparison to the Walmer Bar’s 29° flare. On paper, the variation between the 2 doesn’t appear to be a lot, but if driving with the Large Dipper, I straight away spotted that it used to be extra comfy whilst braking within the drops.

Tumbleweed Bicycle Co Big Dipper Drop Bar on a ride
(Footage/Ron Frazelle)

The Large Dipper has a pleasing brief achieve of 50mm. When in comparison to the Walmer Bar’s 65mm, my preliminary idea is that I would possibly want to up the scale of my stem from 90mm to 100mm. However, the jury remains to be out, because the Dipper has me driving a smidge extra upright within the motorcycle’s present configuration, and I don’t hate it.

The 109mm drop at the Large Dipper feels the similar as my Walmer Bar whose drop is 110mm, so not anything to record there first of all.

No longer the Finish

Thus far the bar seems like a really perfect fit for the Masi Incanto and for my driving taste. It has a lot of room for numerous hand positions, and the true property for a good-sized entrance handlebar bag.

I’ll be operating the Large Dipper via its paces within the months to return. If it’s anything else just like the Tumbleweed Persuader Bars that I’ve come to like such a lot, I await a forged dating being constructed between myself and the Large Dipper.


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