It was a hybrid of the Jumping Bars and Pipe Slider (or referred on American Ninja Warrior as a horizontal version of the Salmon Ladder), where competitors must negotiate down a track by jumping from one cradle to another, while holding onto a pipe.
There were five cradles, with each jump approximately 1.5 meters (5 feet) from one cradle to the next cradle.
It was removed after Urushihara Yuuji's second kanzenseiha in SASUKE 27, being replaced by the Iron Paddler, but would eventually return in its SASUKE 27 version in SASUKE 32, replacing its former successor.
For SASUKE 33, the obstacle directly led into the Sidewinder Kai without any rest, while also having a wire installed to secure the obstacle to an upper track (much like the Pipe Slider), so that competitors would not drag the bar down with them if they failed.
While no one failed the transition between obstacles, the obstacle itself eliminated most of the competitors who attempted the Third Stage in that tournament, including SASUKE champion Morimoto Yūsuke (who completed the obstacle during USA vs. The World and USA vs. The World 2). Only Drew Drechsel managed to clear the obstacle.
The difficulty was blamed on the addition of the wire, as it caused the bar to slip off of its cradles before competitors could successfully build up momentum.
As the result, in SASUKE 34, the cradles were increased in size to rectify this, which gave competitors more space for the bar to move while the competitor made the transition from one cradle to another. This led to no one failed the obstacle in that tournament.
In SASUKE 35, the Drum Hopper Kai was removed, due to the introduction of the Planet Bridge, which in turn moved the Flying Bar and Sidewinder Kai (simply called as the Sidewinder) to the first and second obstacles respectively. This made the Flying Bar the first obstacle in SASUKE history to be placed as the first and final obstacles in a stage for different tournaments.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
SASUKE 25-26's version of the Flying Bar appeared as the final obstacle in Stage Three from American Ninja Warrior 4 until now.
So far, during its overall appearances on American Ninja Warrior's regular season, only 4 competitors had attempted the obstacle (Brian Arnold on American Ninja Warrior 5, Ian Dory, Isaac Caldiero, and Geoff Britten on American Ninja Warrior 7), with only 2 of them had completed it (Isaac Caldiero and Geoff Britten, who later became the first two competitors to achieve total victories in American Ninja Warrior history).
Despite only two competitors so far completed this obstacle on American Ninja Warrior's regular season, more competitors completed it on American Ninja Warrior's international tournament.
- During USA vs. Japan, three competitors (Matachi Ryo, Brian Arnold, and Paul Kasemir) reached this obstacle. However, all of them failed to complete it.
- During USA vs. The World, five competitors (Morimoto Yusuke, Stefano Ghisolfi, Matachi Ryo, Sean McColl, and Brian Arnold) reached this obstacle, and four of them (except Sean McColl) completed it (with Morimoto Yusuke becoming the first to do it).
- During USA vs. The World 2, five competitors (Ian Dory, Stefano Ghisolfi, Morimoto Yusuke, Sean McColl, and Isaac Caldiero) reached this obstacle, and three of them (except Ian Dory and Stefano Ghisolfi) completed it.
- During USA vs. The World 3, only two competitors (Josh Levin and Drew Drechsel) reached this obstacle, and both of them completed it.
- During USA vs. The World 4, the obstacle was unattempted.
On several Ninja Warrior's international formats (e.g. Ninja Warrior UK and Australian Ninja Warrior), the Flying Bar appeared as the penultimate obstacle before Mount Midoriyama tower, with competitors needed to climb up a rope. Then, they must swing forward to reach the bar.
On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017, the Flying Bar appeared as the sixth and final obstacle during Final Stage, with a similar specification from SASUKE 25-26/American Ninja Warrior's version of the Flying Bar, with the addition of an installed wire to secure the bar onto an upper track (similar to SASUKE 33 version of the Flying Bar). Among the 2 competitors who attempted the obstacle (Yosua Laskaman Zalukhu and Angga Cahya), Yosua Laskaman Zalukhu was the only competitor who could complete it and advanced to Mount Midoriyama Stage.
However, during SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia: International Competition, the Flying Bar became much brutal than ever, as the obstacle eliminated every competitor who attempted it. Among the 9 competitors who attempted the obstacle, including some of the competitors who completed the Flying Bar in either SASUKE and/or American Ninja Warrior (including American Ninja Warrior's international tournament), such as Drew Drechsel and Morimoto Yūsuke, none of them could complete this version of the Flying Bar, leaving the Mount Midoriyama Stage untouched. Similar to what happened in SASUKE 33, the brutality of the Flying Bar during this tournament was likely due to the addition of the wire, as most of the competitors failed while making the transition to either the second or third cradles.
The Flying Bar also appeared on SASUKE Vietnam 3 (called locally as Xà Bay), as the sixth and final obstacle during Stage 3, with a similar specification from American Ninja Warrior version of Flying Bar (except the number of cradles was reduced from 5 to 4). However, the obstacle was unattempted.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
American Ninja Warrior
|USA vs. Japan||0||3||0%|
|USA vs. The World||4||5||80%|
|USA vs. The World 2||3||5||60%|
|USA vs. The World 3||2||2||100%|
|USA vs. The World 4||0||0||N/A|