There will always be a ton of debate about which bike parts are right, or wrong. But we have to separate looks over functionality. Many people are hung up on looks, and think that something can function rather than understanding how things work.
We have been riding bikes since the 1970’s. Hundreds of thousands of miles actually. We have experienced just about every bike design ever generated. And, while not everyone is the same, there are a few things that are pretty universal.
Handlebars need to be strong. If your bars are slipping, they flex, or could bend easily, you lack control. Flat out. Thus, we are not be proponents of ape hanger bars. With 15″ of rise, on just a 7/8th inch or 22.2 diameter tube, there isnt much strength there. With the added leverage we actually see stems bend and fail.
Traditional cruiser bars are awesome. Until you have to turn, then you will see the issue. It is also why you see sweep bars turned up at a 45 degree angle. If you turn sharp, you stab yourself in the thigh, and probably end up having an issue. Also, we dont think a sweep bar is all that great ergonomically. Generally, you push with your palms, so steering is makes more sense if your hands are perpendicular to the ground in front of you.
We designed a mid rise BMX style bar for our bikes. We add the crossbar for strength as well. The bar has 7″ of rise, and paired with a reasonable stem height most riders will feel well balance ergonomically. If you get your hands too high, the blood will flow out of them, and your arms get tired easier.