Best 22 Swept Back Handlebars - Most Comfortable MTB Handlebars - (2023)

So are you looking for some swept back handlebars? Some bicycle handlebars for sitting upright? This article includes some of the best options if you want the best posture and comfort on bike. Especially if you plan some extended multiple day bikepacking trips these types of handlebars can be a real benefit for your back.

Swept back handlebars are commonly found on beach cruisers but are getting popular for use when you need a comfortable MTB handlebar or an alternative to dropbars on road bikes. While also they do make a good change for a touring bike also. There are so many comfort handlebar options out there. Not just swept back bars. There are Gravel Bike Handlebars which are still dropbars, but ‘Flared’ Drop Bars. Or you can get the low down on Best Bike Touring and Bikepacking Handlebars. What about the Butterfly Handlebars? They are one of my favourites when it comes to comfort. Read my 7,500+ KM handlebar review here.

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It is also worth noting before you go out and buy any of the recommended swept back handlebars in this article. To consider your current bike setup and if you get these type of bars. You may need to alter it. Don’t get me wrong you can go ahead and customise your bike. But most parts on a bike work together so you will most likely never change just one part. Plan on having to buy new longer cables and housings. Potentially new brake levers, shifters and hand grips. Since your hand position is being moved so much, your stem, the part that holds your handlebar onto the rest of the bike, might need a change too. Stems come in lots of different lengths and rises and getting that combination just right is really important.

Why Swept Back Handlebars?

Maybe you have been riding flat bars on all your bikes for years. And now you are starting to get bad back pain due to the position your current bars put you in. And you are now looking for some alternative for better posture and take less pain ‘off your back’. Overall they offer a more relaxed seated position while cycling and they make a great handlebar option for long bike tours especially when the road becomes trails and mountain bike style of riding.

There are quiet a lot of swept back handlebars or comfortable riser MTB handlebars on the market. Really too many to mention. However I am going to try my best to list and briefly talk about as many as possible. Keep in mind that all of these have been recommended by other bike riders weather that be for bikepacking or general use as a MTB handlebar.

Surly Sunrise Bar

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One of my favourite bars in the list! They describe this bar as a cruiser bar, a trail bar and a BMX bar all rolled into one. More designed for a relaxed cruise.

Made from chromoly steel, it has a 22.2mm clamp diameter, but Surly included some Problem Solvers shims so you can mount it up to your fancy 31.8mm stem. Has a width of 820mm, can be cut to 720mm. A 83mm rise, 14.7 degree backsweep, 6.7 degree upsweep and weighs in at 778 grams including the shims.

Surly Moloko

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These bars have been on the list of my ‘must try’ handlebars. Yes that is right I have a list of the bars I need to test out and use in my life. Like I mentioned earlier you can click through and see my thoughts on the bars I have currently been using and like. But I love Surly as a brand and am a big fan of their bikes. Which is why the Moloko bars are up here. I have also met some bikepackers who use them on their rigs. The main reason is so they get better posture and it helped with back issues putting the body in that upright posture.

Not only do you get that back sweep positioning but also you get a multitude of hand positions. making it great for long days on the saddle giving you the option to change your hands and feel more comfortable. Along with this you also get many spots to mount your accessories and the option for handlebar bags. The bar comes in 735mm but if 685mm is more your style, don’t you worry. Surly added cut marks so you can easily make it so. You get a sweep of 34 degrees and the bar totals weight come sin at 709 grams.

Velo Orange Crazy Bar

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A much similar designed bar by Velo Orange is the Crazy Bar. This is also another option. These bars are intended for touring on paved and unpaved roads, single and double track, gravel and crushed limestone, and everything in between. When you are up against rough sections the swept back position provides good control. And the bullhorns offer streamlined positing for smooth roads.

The main bar uses a 22.2mm grip area so MTB grips, levers, and shifters fit. The “horns” are 23.8mm, so roadcomponents such as inverse brake levers and bar-end shifters are compatible.Stem clamp area is31.8mm. They are made from a heat treated 6061 aluminum. Weight comes in at around 470 grams, with a 666 mm width and 45 deg swept.

Surly Open Bar

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A upright handlebar design, that is equally suited to cruising, commuting and even some singletrack. Designed with a little bit of flex to take some of the harsh out of your ride.The angle makes it comfy for your wrists. The width enables loads of control. It’s got plenty of room for grips, shifters and brake levers.It has a knurled clamp area and is made from durable4130 Chromoly steel.Available in low rise and no rise versions. The width of these bars are 666mm and a clamp area of 25.4mm. The rise is 40mm or you can opt for the no rise option as mentioned. Sweep angle is 53 degrees and the handlebar weighs 475 grams. Priced from $50

Moonmen Moonriser Bar

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Do you want to bring a bit more BMX to your trail riding? Well this bar can deliver just that! A handlebar made from titanium that combines function and form, for a comfortable ride. There is heaps of room on the cross bar for GPS and other gadgets. Or if you dig that old school look you can add a handlebar pad, which brings back some cool memories.

The standard version is 32.75”/830mm wide (Cut-able to 30”), 4″ rise, 24˚ back sweep, 5 degree up sweep, 22.2mm tube diameter with shims to take it to 31.8mm stem clamp.

Fatback Sweet 16 Bar

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This handlebar features some well thought out ergonomic design. It will help ease the pain for long days in the saddle. With 16 degrees of back sweep it will decrease the pressure on your palms, keeping your hands happier for much longer. Especially with the numb fingers and ongoing soreness in your wrists from bikepacking, these bars a advertised to help prevent these downsides to bikepacking.

The width of these bars is 780 (with graduated cut lines), a 30mm rise, 4 degrees of upsweep. Weighing at only 225 grams, with a clamp diameter of 31.8mm.

Origin8 Strongbow

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A very useful handlebar for bikepacking that is also on the budget side compared to something like the Jones Loop. more on that one later. With the Origin8 Strongbow you get multiple hand positions. It is very comfortable and ergonomic with a 15 degrees sweep. They also offer some comfort and support while attacking steep downhills too.

A cool feature is the front bar on this handlebar that is great for mounting a handlebar bag but also keeps it away from the break cables. The handlebars are definitely wide enough at 760 mm and you also get an additional 120 mm of reach with hands on the front bar in an aero position.

Jones Loop H Bar

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Again the Jones Loop H Bar offer a wide range of better hand and body positions ensure more power, comfort and control. These are some of the most popular swept bar for bikepacking. You get a whopping 45 degrees of sweep puts your wrists in a natural and relaxed position for lasting comfort. The bar comes in two different width, 660mm and 710mm. The 710mm version adds a fully-upright position at the back of the grip area, making it great fro touring and a fully upright riding position. While the the 660mm version is best for navigating very tight singletrack or narrow city/commuting situations.

Oddity Razorbar

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The Razor bar is Oddity’s original riser style bar. It comes in two different material build options. With 4130 cromoly steel or titanium. You get up to 15 degree back sweep (or choose your own from 0 to 45 degrees). 45mm rise (or choose your own from 45mm – 100mm). 800mm wide (or less, your choice). It comes with a shim, fitting a 31.8 stem clamp diameter. These handlebars are made-to-order, one at a time, by hand.So you should allow 4-6 weeks for delivery or sometimes even longer. They also have the Oddity Razorbar Plus. If you are after a handlebar that has ‘hooks’, making this bar a great choice for multiple hand positions, climbing and Mountain Cruising.

Soma Osprey Bar

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The Osprey Bar is classified as a alternative MTB handlebar similar to Soma’s Clarence Bar. However this bar has a little more backsweep in the grip and a wider straight section in the middle, then the two. This wider straight section helps with mounting much more accessories and handlebar bags. And plus you get many different hand positions. Made from a 6061 T6 Aluminum and a 40 degrees sweep at the bend at the grip. The width comes in at 710mm.

Defiance Arise Bar

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If you are after hand-built and unique bars, Daniel over at Defiance Frameworks and build these bars to custom specifications like colors, lengths, rises. But as they comes you can get these bars in a Clear or black Cerakote finish. With a 4″ rise, 15 degrees back sweep and they are 800mm wide. Comes with shim for 31.8mm stem. All bars are made to order.

Hunter Smooth Move Handlebar

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Made by a high grade aluminium, the Hunter “Smooth Move” handlebars are custom spec’d to unique dimensions. They have a 31.8 mm clamp diameter. With 750 mm width, 38 mm rise, 15 degrees backsweep, 5 degrees upsweep, And weigh in at 380 grams.

Watson Cycles Ti Bar

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Another custom backsweep handlebar builder is Watson Cycles these guys have 4 handlebar options, as seen above. The Ti Bars are hand-made one at a time. They were developed with specific bends to address the pain related issues that come with the rigors of mountain biking. The Titanium build helps to dampen the ride quality and smooth out the terrain minimizing vibration and therefore, fatigue. The Parkarino bar provides the largest backsweep at 31 degrees and 720 mm of width. It is the bar that started it all for the Watson Ti bars.

Koga Denham Bar

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Had the pleasure to chat to Alee a while back and got to meet the man behind these bars. He is a true legend and I am inspired by what he is doing in this industry! The Denham Bars are a calibration with himself “Alee Denham” and Koga! Alee’s three most important characteristics for a touring bar are; bike control, comfort and speed. And it is safe to say that they came up with a truely awesome handlebar!

You get a bar the is made from aluminium and offers 34 degrees of backsweep at the grips. The width comes in at 711 mm and a 25.4 mm stem diameter. Barend shifter compatibility and weigh around 400 to 450 grams. The price is also not over the top at $80.00

Stooge Moto Bar

When Stooge were thinking about making these bars they realised that most MTB handlebars at the time had not enough backsweep. The speed and control this bar provides really is outstanding, with a hand position that is so natural and comfortable. They have really thought about this being used for multiple cycling disciplines from enduro to bikepacking. The wide clamp area is designed to provide plenty of space to strap bags and other accessories for those long haul adventures. It is made from a heat treated 7050 alloy, 800mm wide, 38mm rise, 17 degree sweep,black anodizing with laser etched ‘Stooge’ logo. 31.8 clamp area. And weighs 340 grams.

SQ Labs 30X 16

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These bars offer a 16 degrees backsweep which provides a natural transition from the lower arm to the hand when in a more stretched riding position. You also get a 4 degree upsweep which brings the elbows into a perfect position for a dynamic riding style. It is available in three different rise sizes, The 15mm, 30mm or 45mm rise allow individualized positions. The clamp size is 31.8mm and they are also available in carbon.

Origin8 Space Off Road 2

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Unfortunately could not find much information about these handlebars, as the sales pages really aren’t that descriptive. But some bike travellers recommend using these bars as a replacement for the Jones H Bars. Offering a 50mm forward sweep and a 30 to 40 degrees back sweep (had different numbers from Amazon and offical website). Weighing in at 340 grams. You get the option for 31.8mm or 25.4mm mounting options. Priced on Amazon from $55.00. But don’t take my word for it.Read the reviews here.

Soma Clarence-AL bar

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These Soma Fabrications handlebars were actually designed with a similar sweep to the Jones H Bar. The Clarence makes it easy to throw the bike around in technical situations. Plus the grip position feels really natural. The 31.8mm version is slightly wider than the 25.4mm. Made from a 6061-T6 aluminum. You get a 34° back sweep, 19° upsweep, 37mm rise, 670mm width and a clamp diameter of 31.8mm.

On One Mary Bar

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These bars are available from PlantX, we have no affiliation with them, but are sharing these with you as they are so budget friendly. Available for those of you who are located in the UK, these handlebars cost only£24.99and they have heaps in stock. Mary is On-One’s classic alt-bar. They like to call it their extreme sweep riser bar. It’s a bit odd, but makes a lot of sense once you give it a go. You get a 645mm width, A 37.5mm rise, with 21 degrees up sweep, 85mm back sweep on the 31.8mm bar. They two different clamp options come in different weights. 25.4mm bar clamp is 306 grams and the 31.8mm bar clamp is 289 grams.

Bontrager Crivitz Bar

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These Bontrager Handlebars are the same as what the Trek 1120 has stock. A great alternative to the Jones H-Bars. Bontrager’s Crivitz bars have a wide stance and swept-back grips making them great for commuters and city riding. It’s made from light and tough 7075 aluminum with a 25-degree backsweep for comfort and efficient steering. They have a 25 degrees bend and weigh in at 270 grams. Priced around $90.00

FSA – Metropolis Handlebar

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These Full Speed Ahead Handlebars are available for a reasonable price atJenson USA for $70.99. It’s an ergonomic, city-bike-focused design with a wing shape, and can be flipped either direction for a high flyer or low rider type of ride. Designed for urban and city style of riding they still would be an okay option for an alternative to the H-Bar. They come in a 620mm width, 32mm rise, a 46.5 degrees backsweep, 21.6 degrees upsweep and weighing in at 300 grams.

On-One Mickey Handlebar

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The availability of some of these bars will be much harder to find. These are available in the UK from Planet X and for a rather cheap price. It has much less sweep then the Jones bar at 9 degrees. But it is a supremely comfortable low rise, MTB style flat bar that has been transformed into the perfect Touring, Bikepacking and Adventure riding handlebar. If you are someone who prefers a more flat MTB bar setup compared to a drop bar then the On-One Mickey bars might be a great choice for you. It has easy ergonomics, plenty of width for the broadest shoulders and front facing luggage bar it’s perfect for any bikepacking or cycle touring adventure. Has a rise of 14 mm, the bar weighs in at 476 grams and you get a handlebar that is 760mm wide. Priced from only£24.99


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