WHAT IS IT? The oversize aluminum ODI Podium
handlebar uses Controlled Flex Technology to absorb
chatter and minor vibrations.
WHAT’S IT COST? $129.95.
CONTACT? www.odigrips.com or (951) 786-4755.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the ODI Podium handlebar.
(1) Material. ODI uses a high-strength 2014-T6 aluminum alloy (with an endurance limit of 18, 129 pounds per
square inch). The ODI Podium bar is an oversize 1-1/8-
inch handlebar with a crossbar. The crossbar incorporates ODI’s unique Controlled Flex Technology (CFT).
( 2) CFT. Controlled Flex Technology is essentially an
elastomer shock housed inside the crossbar to absorb
vibrations that would otherwise be transmitted to
the rider’s hands. A longstanding trick for oversize
handlebars with a crossbar is to cut the crossbar in half
and cover it with a crossbar pad. Amazingly, this trick
does not weaken the bar’s strength, because it just turns
it back into an oversize handlebar with a fake crossbar.
In truth, it strengthens the overall handlebar. If you don’t
want to use a hacksaw on your crossbar, then ODI has
a safer and more effective alternative. They leave the
crossbar in place but incorporate built-in suspension to
allow it to flex.
( 3) Bend. ODI offers the Podium handlebar in bend
options with colorful names instead of numbers, like the
Shorty, Champ and Country Boy, just to name a few.
( 4) Installation. To make installation easier, the
Podium bar has horizontal white lines etched in to help
with alignment and bar angle.
( 5) Performance. On the scale of flexibility from least
to greatest, the pecking order is 7/8-inch steel, 7/8-inch
aluminum, 1-1/8-inch aluminum with a crossbar, and
1-1/8-inch aluminum without a crossbar. The ODI Podium
falls closer to an oversize bar without a crossbar than
one with a crossbar. Test riders were impressed with the
feel of the ODI Podium handlebar. Most test riders didn’t
realize the difference until they switched back to an
oversize handlebar with a crossbar.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Three quibbles: (1) The
cute bar-bend names are confusing. ODI needs a
cross-reference chart to compare its bends to those of
Renthal and Pro Taper. ( 2) The black coating on the bars
scratches easily. ( 3) The ODI Podium bar is best suited
to riders who crave a crossbar, because it performs very
much like an oversize bar without a crossbar.
ODI delivers on its promise to build a
1-1/8th handlebar with a crossbar that
isn’t as rigid or weak as the typical
oversize bar with a crossbar.
ODI PODIUM HANDLEBAR
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