With a full menu of Fall riding in the books, I am back to render my final review on the Origin 8 Space Bar OR. You can check out my previous post on the bar here. Keep in mind that this is not the original Space bar, and it isn’t shaped anything like that bar, which is not recommended for off road use.

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The Origin 8 Space Bar OR has a good, solid feel, much better clamp interface with the stem than the old Space Bar, and much beefier construction than the original. The different shape is problematic for dialing in a proper cockpit, as you will need to put on a much longer stem if you wish to retain your hand to front wheel contact patch relationship. Otherwise the sweep angle is agreeable enough. In terms of shape, it isn’t to be seen as a heavier version of the old Space Bar, but rather a new model in its own right. It really bears no resemblance to its namesake.

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Conclusions: By the end of the testing period I felt that the Origin 8 Space Bar OR was not quite what I had hoped the replacement for the original Space bar would be. The lack of any “forward wiggle” makes for a tough fit on many bikes. Not only that, but the added leverage that the back sweep causes places more stress on the stem cap and the very real possibility exists for bar slippage off road because of it. I did like the beefy nature of the construction, the stem clamp area of the bar is far better than the old Space Bar’s was, and the look was fine. However; this doesn’t overcome the short comings of the shape. Added to this is the slightly narrowish feel to these bars. In the end, I would pass over the Space Bar OR in favor of some other offerings that do address the short comings of this bar yet have similar sweep.

Note:This product was provided to Twenty Nine Inches at no charge for reviewing. I am not being paid or bribed for this review. I will give my honest opinion or thoughts through out.