After having a conversation with someone about racing XC next year, i saw a thread about "sahweeetest hardtails" on here, to which some people posted their XC race bikes, a comment was made along the lines of "some people have funny ideas about race bikes, riser bars, flat pedals and no bar ends"
i'm just wondering really why flat bars are so good for racing XC? i mean surely it comes down to: the geometry of the frame, rider size and comfort.
i personally could never get on with using flat bars on my scandal, the front end would just be too low for me to be comfortable and i think it would make the bike more nose heavy? in a similar way when i used to use 80mm forks and went up to 100mm ones
just wondering really, i would agree with the SPD comment but at the end of the day surely its rider preference and the geometry of what you ride that dictates?