My On-One Midge bars originally were on my Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, and after being berated by my traditionalist brother regarding true CX bars, I replaced them. I'm glad I did, however, the Midge Bar needed a home - BADLY.
The Midge Bar is an incredible piece of work. Don't know how On-One managed to inject magic into the design, but as weird as they look, they work. I don't think they work well for a traditional cyclocross build, but if you're building a drop-bar MTB, these are definitely a great option.
There has been a thread on MTBR.com since 2007 called, "I Beg You - MORE MONSTERCROSS", and the weirdness that spans that thread is incredible. When I say "weird", I mean it as a compliment. And for a non-traditional guy like me - why wouldn't I go Monster Cross on my Inbred?
The changes I made was I had to first buy a high rise, short stem with a clamp area of 26mm to work well with the dirt drops. Dirt drops are not intended to be used in an "aero" sense. Rather, they are used to offer a non-traditional "hand shake" hand position which seems to be easier on the wrists and offers a better range of motion for the body.
I went up a tooth on my chainring and swapped out my Magic 80 29'er fork for a steel Kona one. Since I am now using road levers, there is really only one disc brake caliper that is compatible - Avid BB7 road disc brakes. The braking isn't absolutely perfect (kinda mushy, TBH), but much better than the Tekro Mech calipers I had on there before.
I also thought it'd be a good time to upgrade my tires. The Kenda Karmas were garbage. The rolling resistance was high and they provided no traction on loose stuff. I read that the Geax Saguros had some good reviews, so I went that route. Again, these were mounted using a Stan's Tubeless system.
Lastly, I upgraded the bar tape. Now, I've used cheap Forte' stuff, Profile, Cinelli, Fizik, Specialized and Soma Thick and Zesty. Out of all of those, my favorite have been the Specialized and Soma tape. Both were easy to wrap and you couldn't tear it on installation if you tried, especially the Soma tape. The worst was the Fizik - it wrapped horribly and tore; it was a waste of $20. I did put gel inserts under the wrap to add comfort.
I descended Stiles Trail yesterday (pre-installation of the rigid fork) and the drop bars were surprisingly awesome on the insane rocks. I'm going to take this bike out today and see how it contends, but I have a feeling it's going to be great.