- 29er and wide bars 780mm….benefits?
I would doubt the wheels size makes any difference so the benefits are the same as 26er.
As for the correct width it is probably a personal thing. Going from 650 to 710 did make a difference for me. However the improvements in handling and control need to be offset by the fact that you’ll struggle to get between obstacles as you go wider and they’ll be heavier. Also it may eventually become uncomfortable if the riding position is arse up head down. Personally when racing I prefer narrower bars but for general riding I have 710 since they were typical “wide” bars when I bought mine.Posted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
I found that the larger wheel resisted turning more due to gyroscopic effect, & the extra leverage helps overcome this.
This could be a load if tosh though.
Shorter stem & steeper head angle seem to have same effect.
Either way, I prefer my 680mm bars. Tried them Sunnline scaffold pole ones but not for me.Posted 4 years ago
go wide, try them for a good few rides, then cut down if not happy
bear in mind if you go wider you’ll also need a shorter stem, if you want equivalent fit to your current set up
I’ve gone 660 -> 725 -> 750 -> 785 -> 800, each time thinking I’ll cut them back if I need, I never have. I can’t imagine riding < 750 now, for any application.
I find steering with wide bars much more about flicking and pressure on the bar ends and balance, than actually ‘steering’ left/right like a tiller. That in turn helps crank the bike over and into the corner.Posted 4 years agoAlexSubscriber
780s on my 29er, 760s (now having cut down from 780s) on my FS. Love the long flat bar on the 29er, just feels right. Rode about 350k with 780mm bars on my rocket and finally cut them down. It may only be a inch – fnar – and it may be placebo but glad I did.
When Is started riding 560mm seems to be about right 😉 With bar ends…Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
Like others have said, I doubt wheel size comes into it.
I’m a wide bar convert and run Answer 780’s on my big bike and the same bars cut down to 760 on my BFe. I don’t really have any major issues with trees although there are two spits that cause me the odd trouble on my local trails but I can live with it. I have found that I’m destroying grips quicker though.Posted 4 years agoJCLMember
29er slightly less manverouable in tight stuff
I’m so over this garbage myth. They’re more stable not less maneuverable. To unsettle the stability for a turn (which is what you have to do on any two wheeled vehicle) you have to put in more input in than something that is already less stable like the average 26″ trail bike.
Wider bars will help with this just as they do on other bikes with lots of stability, like DH bikes.Posted 4 years ago
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