Soccer Du25 wrote: What makes a $500 bar so special?
Would you guys steer me away from buy from the shops there? My experience is you usually over pay by a lot for buying in the shops. I know I can save a lot by buying on the manufacturers website, but I have to buy while I'm there.
Bars are over priced but you can find some blowout deals. A bar is a very individual thing, I would really look at all the options and buy the bar that has the features that are most important to you.
method of trim - above the bar or below the bar? Cleat or pull/pull? Adjustable throw or not?
centerline... double or single, Covered in PU or not?
Chickenloop... do you like one that opens or one that fully detaches?
below the bar swivel, above the bar swivel or both?
adjustable width or fixed?
I can't say I am much of a supporter of brick and mortar shops... I'd like to say I am but no one has ever really made the impression they really wanted my business. I know many people who have scored major blowout deals from Real and KittyHawk so definitely worth a look. They also have gear swaps so go to those! And you can pretty much bet there are a lot of used gear for sale in the local craig's list or kijiji ....