Soma Dream Bar
More than all that, where are all the companies making 12°, 14°, 16°, and 18° backsweep bars in mountain bike widths? Yeah, most riders will probably stick with 7-9° but guess what – they’re covered with infinite options. At this point, I’m happy to have one great option for the 16° | 780mm bar my wrists and elbows prefer.
How much backsweep is too much? I tried a number of different stems with the Soma Dream Bar. There’s no direct translation of bar sweep and stem length, something I discovered dialing in the SQLab 16°, but I was generally happiest with +40mm over a 9° bar and +30mm over my 16° bar.
The climbing position is a surprisingly awesome combination of comfort and power and I could sit longer on my single speed and happily move a higher ratio with gears. It was even great on steep single track climbs like No Quarter. The 25° back | 5° up combo is comfortable with a higher position and on gravel paths and tamer trails, the long stem puts enough weight over the front end to maintain descending capabilities.
Once trails get steep and technical I was quickly out of my element on the Soma Dream. I found the handling vague when rolling into steeps, and both bikes I used it on became a handful to control at speed in rock gardens or any situations with a loose surface. It’s the perfect ultra-comfy bar for the bike I ride everywhere other than the trails I regularly ride.
So yeah, it’s a brilliant piece of kit. It’s not something-for-everyone, but I’m positive that the unique combination of dimensions and price will make for no shortage of Dream Bar sales. More importantly, I hope it stokes Soma, and other manufacturers, to go out and look for the other bar dimensions that would be in demand if they existed. And from there – what other non belly button products are missing?
The Dream Bar sells for 50 USD at Soma or any Soma Dealer near you. It comes in a polished black or silver finish and has 25° backsweep, 5° upsweep, and a 50mm rise in a 780mm length. And it fits a 31.8mm stem clamp.