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S&M HODER SKYHIGH BARS – REVIEW

Mike Hoder is a big human. Big name, big personality, big riding. He needs big handlebars. S&M make a variety of Hoder bars, from the regular version to the taller ‘Hoder High’ bars to the even taller ‘Hoder Sky High’ bars that we have here. Consider this article to cover all sizes – they’re all the same high quality material and build quality.

S&M is a true BMX brand. It doesn’t get much more real than S&M. Founded by a pair of wild teenagers in 1987 (Swingrover & Moeller) they’d already had enough experience with BMX race frames to know that they needed something better and were prepared to try and make it themselves. So began the history of S&M aka The Shield… In 1988 the Slam Bars were introduced, 1989 saw the Dirt Bike, and everything pretty much rocketed from there. With the departure of Swingrover in 1990, Chris Moeller set about running the brand on his own – while riding and partying as much as possible, naturally.

“Since 1990, Moeller has steered the S&M ship through hell and high water. Crazy nights, ideas and antics aside, the goal at S&M has always been the same: to make good bikes and run things their way. With American flags and middle fingers waving in the wind, S&M will continue to sail the seas of BMX cheese until other companies make bikes as good as theirs or it’s not fun anymore. Neither of which looks likely to happen soon.” –S&M

Made in house at S&M HQ, the Hoder bars are a damn fine handlebar. Classic geometry on all sizes – 1.5º upsweep, 11º backsweep. We can verify that these angles feel superb. The Sky High bars we’ve featured here (recognisable with the Hoder ‘Hooters’ logo above the clouds) are 9.5” tall and a whopping 31” wide. Beasts!

If you prefer your bars a little lower, the Hoder Highs are 9” tall and the regular Hoder bars are 8.625” – they’re both an inch narrower than the Sky Highs too.


RRP: £64.99

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