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Posted on: November 3, 2009
They were ace on the Hifi as well ;]
Does anyone have a rough idea how high your bars should be, measured from the ground?
A lot of talk about needing to lower your front end, but do many people know how high is too high?
Maybe if you related it to the Stack/Reach measurements. So you’d get the effective height above the BB.
Limiting factor for me is whether my brake levers would hit the top tube in the event of a crash – I always run the bars as low as possible while retaining about 5mm clearance between levers and top tube with my prefered set up. I’ve not had a bike that could do that with flat bars yet…
A lot of people are trying to lower the front end of there bike ooOOoo if there running big forks etc so they can get back over the front more easily and weight the front wheel up through corners etc, the height thing is kind of personal and also how you ride if you hang off the back down stuff than it probably won’t make you fell better having a lower front end,or if you’ve got a 100 mm travel race bike for that matter. Yoiu can try messing around with you spacer stack height first and see how the bike feels. ;]
“Does anyone have a rough idea how high your bars should be, measured from the ground?”
Depends on what type of setup you are trying to achieve, but for most riding I tend to want the bars level with the saddle at proper pedalling height. Else my back starts to ache
Not sure if this is ‘wrong’ though, and I’m robbing myself of front wheel traction by doing so?
Height from the floor is the wrong question, you need to know vertical height from your BB as that isn’t variable across bike/tyre choice/wheel size. If you’re just measuring the frame, it’s the ‘stack’ in the new Reach and Stack measuring system.
“but for most riding I tend to want the bars level with the saddle at proper pedalling height”
I do similar, but that’s no good for DHers
As Cy said it relates more to the ‘stack’. So I suppose Stack + Spacers + Stem Rise + Bar Rise = Bar height
I have been looking for flat bar to try out just see if its any good or not. I hate high risers with a passion so currently run a lower rise. As someone else mention, Thing is the levers might struggle to miss the top tube which will mean it gets expensive really quick in a crash.
Loving the Sunline flatbars as well – also perfect for singlespeeding
whats the weight like.
Maybe I’m odd but I run higher bars on my singlespeed as I find they allow me to push harder while seated and give my back an easier time.
i’m waiting for a new Easton wide bar to appear on order in my LBS – even dug up the bar ends to fit…
Yay – does this mean I can now put my bar ends on and ride in public again, or will the fact that the bars are wide / shiny / black or something else equally as irrational still offend the fashion police?
got my Easton bar Friday – way big with my Ergon Mag grips on – looks like a praying mantis on an FSR frame!
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