How long have you been running them?
Since they dropped. Over 10 years now. Except for about 1 year about a year ago that I rode Rone’s Piff bars while I was riding a limited Dashop frame to really represent. I switched back though over the last year since I got back on another Skavenger.
Why do you still run them?
Control, handling, ride height, hop, peg control, going around fences, no flex, perfect angles, being closer to the ground when you fall, etc, etc.
How many spare pairs do you have?
Not enough, but I never have ever bent them and rarely have ever even changed my bars. I put on a new pair maybe every 3-4 years. Not even sure why I do it that often.
Which other bars might you run instead?
I always liked 4 piece bars. I used to run all the old school styles back in the day including GTs like Bob always rode before we made the Animal ones. Ours are still different and the best on a whole different level.
When Animal started manufacturing and selling Bob bars did you think they would have the impact they had?
I knew it. The first time I saw Bob jump over a fence that was taller than he was off a bank that was 2 ft high, I knew he and the bars had something special, the best recipe for hops I had ever seen. I still think they make the most sense for big hops since you can have that much more control for quick moves and quick landings being that much more at one with the bike. I think the new bigger bars make you ride the bars more than the bike. These bars give you a tighter connection with the whole bike and the way every bit of it performs.
Considering how the Bob bars came to be, how do you feel about a new generation of riders that are now struggling to have a back up stash of them?
I think it is an honor to him and the bars. We make a bigger version, but unfortunately the total demand didn’t make sense to keep the regular ones in production. I would definitely buy any ones you can find either way.