Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800mm alloy handlebar review

Responsive without being jarring, and competitive in weight and price

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Weight for these 800mm bars is a reasonable 312 grams. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

Weight for these 800mm bars is a reasonable 312 grams. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Editor’s Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art’s Cyclery and was written by Luke Gamache. The original post can be found here.

Lowdown: Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800mm Alloy Handlebar

If you’re looking for an affordable (meaning aluminum) bar, the Chromag Fubar OSX 35 is one of the most comfortable alloy bars out there. You’ll especially like it if you’re already a fan of the Canadian company’s aesthetic or have other Chromag components on your bike.

Stat Box
Material: 7075 Aluminum, double butted Upsweep: 5 degrees
Weight: 312 grams Backsweep: 8 degrees
Width: 800mm Price: $80
Rise: 25mm Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 out of 5
Clamping diameter: 35mm

Pluses
Minuses
  • Reasonable price
  • Jumbled graphics
  • Reasonable weight
  • Need 35mm stem
  • Can be cut to custom width
  • No hand rattle
  • Robust finish

Review: Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800mm Alloy Handlebar

I’ve always had a soft spot for Chromag, admiring their origins as underground manufacturers of steel frames and components. While flat pedals were the first Chromag product I coveted, I’ve heard good things about their handlebars and was excited to try the Fubars with their Raging Bear logo leading the way.

Clamping diameter is 35mm. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

Clamping diameter is 35mm. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

The Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800 has a 25 millimeter rise, 35 millimeter clamping diameter, and five-degrees of upsweep with eight-degrees of backsweep. For reference, my last handlebar was a Race Face Atlas alloy.

Tipping the scales at 312 grams, the Fubar OSX 35 can’t be faulted for being heavy. Other high-end 800 millimeter alloy bars are within several grams of the Fubars. Because they’re double-butted, you’ll lose more weight if you choose to cut them down compared to a triple-butted handlebar, which will also be more expensive.

In what could be a happy accident, I left the Fubars at their stock 800mm length. I usually cut bars down to about 785mm, but I never felt stretched with the Fubars. I was always able to comfortably reach far enough when pushing the bar down into turns, which could be the result of my 2017 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO’s shorter top tube compared to my last bike. Since the Fubar’s sweep and rise are the same as my previous handlebar (which felt much better cut down to 785), I’m inclined to believe my shorter top tube hypothesis.

The Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800 has a 25 millimeter rise, 35 millimeter clamping diameter, and five-degrees of upsweep with eight-degrees of backsweep. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

The Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800 has a 25 millimeter rise, 35 millimeter clamping diameter, and five-degrees of upsweep with eight-degrees of backsweep. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Perhaps another result of leaving the bars at their full length was the forgiving (for aluminum) feel. These are the most comfortable aluminum bars I’ve ridden in a while, not rattling my hands off the grips on rocky descents, and leaving enough strength in my hands for a confident last-shuttle-run-of-the-day. Considering the forgiving ride and money saved by going with the alloy Fubars compared to carbon bars, I haven’t regretted the choice once.

Installing handlebars is a straightforward affair. The most critical procedures are torqueing stem bolts to spec and getting the bar centered. The former step has nothing to do with the bars themselves, but the latter is easy thanks to the wide range of adjustment marks, stretching well past the stem’s margins.

Those graphics. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

Those graphics. Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

I chose to run a Renthal Apex stem, which requires the faceplate to be installed before clamping the bars. Thus, I had to slide (scrape) the bars through the stem, to which the Fubar’s finish stood up perfectly. Any marring was only temporary, and easily wiped off.

Bottom line, the Fubar OSX 35′s are responsive without being jarring, competitive in weight and price with other top brand’s alloy bars, and offer plenty of length for customization.

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This article was originally published on the Art's Cyclery Blog. Art's Cyclery is dedicated to offering free expert advice, how-to videos, and in-depth product reviews on ArtsCyclery.com to help riders make an educated decision when selecting cycling gear.


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  • JimF says:

    800mm, not even necessary for 7′+ riders but great for a scary Halloween ride Buy it and go riding single track in woods if you really want to end your weekend in emergency room.

  • twodragunns says:

    So Jim, you’re likely a smaller rider who doesn’t require a larger handlebar, but there are large riders such as myself that are well over 6 foot with a wide arm span that need a wider bar.
    I use 787 and 800 mm bars on all my rides even at night, and I’ve never had an issue.

  • JimF says:

    Jim is (or maybe was) over 6’3″ and likes to go fast but after number close calls and few hits he’s wised up and cut his bars to 26″ (from much less than 800mm). Surely I’m not missing that 140mm. It does not inspire confidence in woods and it’s a drag in the open. I’m not riding cruiser bike and 800mm sounds “unsafe at any speed”

  • craig says:

    I’ve got the carbon version of these and I’ve left them at 800, and i ride through the woods too….No dramas at all, elbow pads get a working out but i’ve not skinned my knuckle, not once.
    Plus side is the instant stability and control you feel at 800mm, I love it…
    The bars are awesome, light and really stand out on the bike…

    Praise be Chromag

  • Billbrasky says:

    If anything wider bars are considerably safer than narrow sub 700mm bars. Way more leverage, less twitchy, and will save your ass on the jarring hits that throw your front wheel off line.

    Maybe try leaning the bike when you turn?

  • Cracker69 says:

    It might be a tad nit-picky, but Alloy is a general term for blends of metals. Alloy and Aluminum are not synonyms. In this case 7075 aluminum alloy is 5-6% Zinc (among other metals) and as such technically is an Alloy. I often get the impression that bikers think that alloy and short for aluminum.

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