Bear Bones Bikepacking
amazing handlebars. Solved all wrist issues on my first ride. saved bike riding for me. can't say enough about them.only downside is all the attention...everyone wants to ask questions about my super cool wooden handlebars!!!
20:05 02 May 22
A real game changer. With wrist issues and and riding a rigid fat bike, these bars gave just the right amount of flex to take the sting out. Only flexy where you want them to be, a great blend of beauty and performance.
11:33 19 Apr 22
Have never had a more comfortable, easier ride than with my Passchier Gump 760s! They make every ride so much more supple, absorbing every bump and massively taking the pressure off my wrists, arm and neck. Really great service too. Very happy!
00:32 01 Apr 22
These handle bars have completely change the way my bike rides. Its like upgrading your front suspension without spending hundreds or thousands on front forks. The vibration from bumps has been reduced so much that I hardly notice them now,
01:17 17 Mar 22
I am super happy with my new handlebars. They have a very natural feel position wise on the bike. I just completed the Whanganui/ Whangaehu Valley 3 day bikepacking loop. No more sore wrists, arms or neck at the end of a day's ride. A total game changer for my confidence on tackling some more longer multi day bike adventures. Plus they just look all round awesome.
00:45 02 Mar 22
As someone who often gets sore hands from mountain biking, I was excited to check out the Gump 760 handlebar. The Gump is made from bamboo, and as such feels very different from the alloy, steel, and carbon bars I’ve used. In short, the Gump is VERY flexible. It was enough to be disconcerting at first, but I quickly got used to it and came to appreciate the flex on bumpy roads and trails. Passchier was quick to point out that the Gump is not intended for extreme downhill mountain biking but rather for easy trail, bikepacking, and commuting. I will admit that I rode some pretty rough trails at speed with the Gump, and it stayed in one piece. Not convinced? Passchier’s website has video of the testing the Gump has been subjected to, and suffice to say this bamboo is sturdy stuff.Installing the Gump took just a teensy bit longer than other bars — it comes with clear stickers you apply where your brake and shifter clamps go to avoid marring the wood surface. The Gump also includes a carbon fiber sleeve in the center to protect from overtightening the stem clamp. One step you don’t need to take when installing the Gump is bar ends: it’s solid bamboo, so no need! I used ESI foam grips to maximize the comfort factor, and they’re what’s on most of my bikes anyway, which makes comparisons easier. The result? The Gump took the place of what I consider a pretty springy carbon bar, and with it I ended rides with far less hand pain than usual and feeling fresher to boot. The Gump’s width is a little less than I prefer, and the sweep is quite a bit more, at least for trail riding, but I found it to be ideal for dirt road cruising. The big miss, in my opinion, is the 0mm rise. I like at least a little rise in my handlebars, and so do most of the people I know. The only other downside I can think of is the price: $250 is a lot for a handlebar, no question. But if you’ve been suffering from sore hands and haven’t found a cure, you might be willing to pony up.
15:47 09 Feb 22
02:48 21 Jan 22
My husband bought these as a gift (based on the YouTube review of Russ on Path Less Pedaled), because I ride the Munda Biddi … which is a 1000km gravel trail that winds from Perth to Albany through towns and free campsites.I was surprised what a difference they made. The pain and tiredness in my wrists was all but gone at the end of each day.
10:55 22 Dec 21
Gump bars are epic. I replace the front shock with a fixed fork on my eMTB commuter and went with the gump bar to reduce vibration and shock. Im also a bit of a anything made of wood fan, so fair to say all boxes ticked. I like the new color range too. Cheers NZ made.
20:01 07 Dec 21
11:06 06 Dec 21
I've been riding these Passchier Gump handlebars for a month now and they are superb. I went for the 650mm length because I commute in a busy city, and they are perfect for nipping between obstacles. You can feel the bamboo flexing slightly, which softens the road and makes a very comfortable ride on rigid aluminium forks and skinny tyres. I also love that they are made from renewable bamboo, which is eco friendly and looks fantastic in the flesh.
22:04 01 Dec 21
Simply put there is no product quite like this on the market. If your are looking for bars that absorb force from the ground up and from your body down then these will end your search. The flex is like a fork ramping up, it is soft in the beginning then ramps up the closer you get to the end of its travel. Quite amazing that all this achieved with a material like bamboo.
06:09 07 Nov 21
I just tried the Gump 760 bars and they immediately put a smile on my face. Not only do they look great, but the benefit and unique feel was immediately apparent. I build custom bikes for a living and I'll be recommending these from now on.
23:15 13 Sep 21
I've been using the Gump 760 bar (22 degree sweep) for a couple of months now and and it's made my fully rigid 29er feel like a different, and much more comfortable, bike. I have no suspension at all, so on rough gravel roads and moderate single track, this bar has taken the sting out of road vibration. Some of that gets absorbed by the vibration damping quality of the bamboo, but most of it comes from the flex. These bars move! The flex gives the bike a pliant, slightly suspended feel and feels like a perfect match for this type of bike. They also look really cool and match the paint job on my bike quite nicely! Would use again!
09:47 13 Jul 21
I've been using my Gump bar for about 4 weeks now and have been enjoying it very much. Thanks for a great product and I hope it is successful for you. I like the Kiwi ingenuity of taking a completely different approach to such a standard item and anything that is designed and made locally is worthy of support.
04:41 11 Jul 21
Where to start?Eye-catching, natch!Always been a fan of large sweep bars and I've fallen for the 22º sweep Passchiers, A few weeks of riding over the summer hols on my rigid forked Surly convinced me of their functional beauty also.I was amazed at the smoothness and lack of sore arms after several varied lengthy descents ranging from gravel to rocky singletrack,Now, about that bamboo frame...
22:15 05 Apr 21
Absolutely beautiful bars not just to look at but to ride. I have been running mine for a few weeks now and they cut the chatter on my rigid mtb out better than anything other than a fork.Perfect for brevets and commuting and any mountain biking where you are not spending a lot of time off the ground. I will stick with my carbon bars for racing, bike parks and dirt jumps (maybe alloy for that) but most of my days are spent in the saddle these days and these are my go to for 95% of rides.
00:59 01 Feb 21
These bars are AMAZING!! Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they also make the ride a whole lot more comfortable. The bamboo has just enough flex to help absorb the shock on the bumpy trails and reduces the grip fatigue on the longer rides. Prepare to be stopped and questioned about these bad boys because they are a head turner!
20:20 23 Jul 20
I've been riding a set of "Gump" bars for a few months now. They've got a comfy amount of back-sweep (22 Deg) which can be hard to find these days. The sensitivity on gravel (and chunder-ous cycle paths) is unreal, they work at a frequency that most suspension forks aren't able to. These bars are great, your wrists will thank you..
23:43 21 Jun 20
I've been rocking the Passchier bars for a few months now and absolutely love 'em.Used them on a 10 day bikepacking adventure across the North Island in late Feb and they were comfortable and perfect for that.Be prepared though, if you get a set, and you should, you will get a LOT of comments and questions about the. They look really cool, and let's be honest, isn't that the most important thing?Images to come
22:23 10 May 20
Continued to bike around my bubble with the super sweep bamboo bars from Paschier. Have been using these wooden wonderbars for some months now, and find them so comfortable. Good for short rides and even better for long rides. Amazing vibration dampening from the lightweight lamination. And they look great.
Dan van Asch
01:24 06 May 20
Hi,I own a Spot brand city commuter bike as my contribution to a comfortable, environmentally friendly, alternative for transport to and from work, and for short personal trips. The bike has an aluminium frame and Carbon front forks making it a relatively lightweight bike. The gates carbon belt drive make a very smooth effortless drive via a low maintenance seven speed hub, to the road tyres.I have made improvements to the original handle bars by installing a par of Ergon GP1 hand grips which provide a large ergonomic contact area between the rider and the bike. It adsorbs some of the vibration frequencies transmitted up through the front forks. The increased contact area of the handlebars and your hands largely reduces mussel discomfort around the wrist and palms.When I found out about laminated bamboo handle bars, I could understand how the long natural fibrous bamboo material could also contribute to reducing, and softening the vibration frequencies.After installing a 22 degree, 650mm width bar on my Spot commuter bike, I took a ride over a variety of surfaces around my suburb. These surfaces ranged from smooth asphalt, chip seal road surfaces, concrete paths, off road surfaces including wooden board walks, grassed areas, various gravel grades, compacted clay surfaces ranging from smooth to rutted tracks.I found the comfort of steering was significantly improved. The angle and width of the bars put my wrist and elbow angle into a very natural, and comfortable shoulder width position. There was a definite reduction in the intensity of vibration through the handgrips. The natural position of my hands, wrists, and elbows made controllability of riding over rough surfaces relatively safe and comfortable, even at speed.I felt I could ride for a longer period of time without feeling any added stress to my wrists and arms. I would attribute this to the shape of the bars, but more importantly the ability of the laminated bamboo fibres to absorb most of the various vibration frequencies. The other added appeal is the aesthetics of the bars. The clear lacquer coated laminated bamboo colour adds a natural contrast to the bikes appearance. I can only fully recommend these bars especially if you spend a lot of time on your bike, such as touring or regular commuting. Even someone who is a bit of bike nut, these are the “bees knees” for comfort and style.Happy CyclingPeter Harrison
08:53 21 Apr 20
Fitted a set of Gump bars on my Surly Karate Monkey. Absolutely love them. Nice amount of flex to absorb small bumps etc but very strong as well.And they look great too!
02:24 20 Apr 20
I fitted a set of Gump bars to my Surely adventure bike and just love them. They are flexi enough to absorb small bump feed back but feel very strong as well. and you cant get past the fact that they look awesome as well!Great product and service.
20:45 29 Mar 20
Have been trialing the 22 deg handlebars on my cargo bike. Feels solid and stylish - have received several questions about them! Love the idea of using wood where possible, and NZ made too! They are comfortable, with just a little extra flex than my old bars.
20:48 19 Feb 20
The best wooden handlebars, in Christchurch, for my mountain bike. Superb customer service and excellent staff - hands down. Always go the extra mile to help with any issues or questions. Can't recommend them highly enough!
02:06 19 Feb 20