Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Riverside County, CA, USA
The bars do move forward and back on a ratcheting design. As they move back, they are slanted downward. Also, the bars adjust like any "normal" set of bars, they rotate up and down.
Like I said, I'm 6-4, so they allow me to sit upright. This has helped me while I'm splitting traffic on the freeways every day going to work. I can see over the traffic better. I commute 50 miles a day in this horrible L.A. area traffic and I have noticed that I arrive at work much more relaxed.
The bars also made a multi-day 700 mile trip with my girlfriend much more comfortable, for her and me. Being upright, I make a good "barn-door" for her and she said the wind turbulence was better for her than with the stock bars. She didn't have to sit so close to me to avoid wind turbulence which made it more comfortable for both of us.
So, the bars have made the bike safer for me to use, in the sense that I can see better in heavy traffic and I'm less fatigued while riding it.
Be advised, that on the "R" bike, the bars are MORE expensive to have them installed than on the "S" bike according to Santa Cruz. Also, they did not have a bike with the bars installed, available for a test ride, at the time I purchased mine.
Good luck with your decision, they work great for me.
Keep a high visual horizon,