It seems like forever ago, when S&M released the “Perfect 10” handlebar.
Many thought it was a joke (at first), but sure enough, the 10″ handlebar developed a following.
Granted, despite it burgeoning popularity, there were still plenty of detractors.
I distinctly recall a bike shop employee in California telling me the bars were “overkill” when I inquired if they had any in stock.
But, just when I thought Perfect 10s would be the absolute tallest BMX bars I would see…S&M brought out the “Elevenz“.
Now that’s tall.
Is there a market for them?
Well, considering that they’re sold out on the S&M site…signs point to yes.
That’s got to be the tallest, right?
Today, S&M Bikes’ owner Chris Moeller dropped this picture on Instagram with the caption:
Custom @sandmbmx bars going to paint today – 5″ and 12″ rise. #shieldbmx
Is this the next step in handlebars?
(And wouldn’t be great if they dubbed these “12 step” handlebars?)
I don’t know…but I was surprised at how the other iterations of “big bars” took off …so it’s anyone’s guess.
12″ bars…who woulda thunk it?