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"4-pc is back!"

cmc

Turbo Monkey
Nov 17, 2006
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heh heh.


1986 Kuwahara.



empirebmx.com
2009 Odyssey 4x4 handlebar


$67.95


4-pc is back! 8.6" rise, 28" width, 12 degree backsweep, 4 degree upsweep, 1 lb 11.9 oz lightweight 41-Thermal processed butted chromoly tubing is lifetime guaranteed against bending and breaking
 
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chuffer

Turbo Monkey
Sep 2, 2004
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McMinnville, OR
Not to sound ignorant, but what's the advantage of a 4-piece over a traditional bar? Are they supposed to be stronger?
Not sure, but it might be that they have two less bends than two piece bars. Bending of tubing usually causes the outside wall of the bent tube to thin a bit, which might make it more susceptible to certain failure modes. I assume the 41-thermal material is either post-weld heat-treated or the kind of steel that doesn't need post-weld heat-treating, because otherwise I don't really see the advantage in trading a bend for a weld...

Or it could have nothing to do with strength and just be a form factor issue.

IMO, they looked awful in '86 and they still look awful now.
 

ServeEm

Turbo Monkey
Feb 21, 2006
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I've been rocking 4 piece Solid bars for a while. I like em cuz they're narrower at the bottom. The 2 piece bars I had would clip my knees at times. Love my 4 piece.
 

cmc

Turbo Monkey
Nov 17, 2006
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austin
(1) The most Classic 4-piece would have to be the S&M Brian Castillo bars:

Brian Castillo designed the new Castillo bars.
Ride BMX UK february 1997 : They've been a long time coming - the new four piece bars from S&M are no fuss and simple as a 4 piece bar can be: they're not six piece, not oversized, not swaged, just a regular 4pc design. Which we kinda like in fact. The Castillo bars have been designed by S&M's street ruler Brian Castillo [he rules - check his section on the last S&M video] hence the name. They are fairly low, with a low crossbar, and deep-knurled stem-tube and thick walled cromoly tubing. The size is absolutely great, with a rad sweep [a little flatter than Dirt Bars], and good overall feeling. They also come in several colours, this olive green is particularly good. Castillo bars are well worth checking out.

from: http://www.23mag.com/com/sm/sm.htm

(2) In second place. Animal Bob Scerbo bars. I like how bob scerbo persisted in running GT 4 piece, then eventually got his signature bar.




these were the GT bars:

issue 3 - february march 1993
John Peacy on the cover.
http://www.23mag.com/mags/rus/rus92.htm

(3) Original Haro Kneesavers (i.e. '88-'90). Maybe only old schoolers can appreciate them.... but they were an undeniable classic from '88 to around '93.

 
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TaRd

Chimp
Aug 21, 2009
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One of my favorite bikes, thanks to homeowners insurance my stolen bike was replace with a chrome 97 hoffman taj. I forgot what these bars where but i loved them.



Edit: Hoffman Love Bars
 
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cmc

Turbo Monkey
Nov 17, 2006
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austin
One of my favorite bikes, thanks to homeowners insurance my stolen bike was replace with a chrome 97 hoffman taj. I forgot what these bars where but i loved them.



Edit: Hoffman Love Bars

Those are Hoffman Low Drags.... These were the Love Handles:
 

GMDesigns

Chimp
Sep 27, 2006
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OH
I had some chrome Forklifters. I miss em...



But I really need some 6 piece blast bars...

Cru,
I just sold some of those ELF 6 pc bars on Ebay...

For $157.50 :shocked:

I sold them to help out a friend who needs the cash. I have his JMC Shadow on there now as well.


Take care,
Greg
 

cmc

Turbo Monkey
Nov 17, 2006
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austin
got some for my Faction. kinda brings me back. i used to ride Wilkerson Airlines 4 piece on a Homeless Pornstar. probably have a pic in a box somewhere.






they also reminded me of when Colin Winkleman and Dave Freimuth rode for DK in the mid/late 90's:
 

slimshady

¡Mira, una ardilla!
Mua-ha-ha... BMX is getting hit again by the Fashion & Marketing Maffia!!! Just like the rest of us!!! Having more than 20 winters over the bike, I have seen things come and go once and again in the MTB world. Fat tires, then slimmer ones, then fat again, just to give an example. Riser bars are another easy one. Seems like the stinkin' 80s revival will just keep going...
 

cmc

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