We’re living in the golden age of handlebar comfort. Never before have we seen such diversity, innovation or inclusivity for riders as right now. For a lucky few, long days behind an ultra-wide curly bar is analogous to lounging in their favourite La-Z-Boy. For others, a backswept alt-bar with more hand positions than the kama sutra offers the perfect perch to grind out those backcountry miles… but for so many riders, comfort on a long ride is still a thing of legend and fairy tales.
Plagued by hand numbness, sore wrists and shoulder pain, what should be a relaxing and enjoyable ride often becomes a living nightmare. Arm pump or hand-arm vibration syndrome is caused when harsh vibrations, undamped by suspension, tyre suppleness or handlebars, penetrate our hands and arms causing discomfort, pain and in some cases nerve damage.