The Flying Bar (フライングバー) was the final obstacle of SASUKE's new Third Stage from SASUKE 25 and 26.

It is a hybrid of the Jumping Bars and Pipe Slider (or referred on American Ninja Warrior as a horizontal version of the Salmon Ladder), where the competitor must negotiate down a track by jumping from one rung to another while holding onto a pipe.

There are five rungs, with each jump approximately 11 feet from one to the next.

In SASUKE 27, the obstacle was placed second on the stage, while the new Bar Glider takes its previous spot. In addition, the obstacle was shortened from five rungs to three.

This version did not prove to be too difficult, only eliminating 2 competitors out of the 10 who attempted it that day.

It was removed after Urushihara Yuuji's second Kanzenseiha, being replaced by the Iron Paddler, but would later return in its SASUKE 27 version in SASUKE 32 replacing its former successor.

Upon its return, the obstacle proved brutal, eliminating 4 out of the 8 competitors who attempted it, including former finalists Nagasaki Shunsuke and Kawaguchi Tomohiro.

For SASUKE 33, the obstacle directly led into the Sidewinder R without any rests, 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, including SASUKE champion Morimoto Yūsuke (who completed the obstacle on USA vs. The World and USA vs. The World II). Only Drew Drechsel managed to clear the obstacle.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

Flying Bar at --ANW4-- Finals

American Ninja Warrior 4's Flying Bar in Stage Three

The Flying Bar was placed as the final obstacle in Stage Three on American Ninja Warrior 4, but it was unattempted. On American Ninja Warrior 5, it was attempted for the first time by Brian Arnold, but wasn't able to complete it. It reappeared on American Ninja Warrior 6, but was unattempted again. On American Ninja Warrior 7, Isaac Caldiero became the first to complete it on regular season, Geoff Britten became the second, while Ian Dory couldn't get past it. On American Ninja Warrior 8, it was unattempted once again, and so on American Ninja Warrior 9.

Despite only three competitors so far to complete this obstacle on American Ninja Warrior's regular season, more competitors completed it on American Ninja Warrior's international tournament.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
25 0 0 N/A
26 0 0 N/A
27 8 10 80%
32 4 8 50%
33 1 5 20%
Total 13 23 56.52%

American Ninja Warrior

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 0 0 N/A
ANW5 0 1 0%
ANW6 0 0 N/A
ANW7 2 3 66.67%
ANW8 0 0 N/A
ANW9 0 0 N/A
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%
Total 11 18 61.11%

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