- Going wider bars and shorter stem, but how much?
My current setup is a 80mm stem and 685 low rise bars which are probably viewed as a bit old school but my riding has in the past been your stereotypical xc and was fine for that. However since moving my local riding is a lot steeper and rockier with plenty of tricky trails in the woods as well. So I’m thinking of improving the handling by going to a shorter stem and wider bars. Would I notice the difference if I went to say a 60mm stem and 720 bars or should I go even shorter and wider than that. The bikes a 100mm travel 29er with 120 forks if it makes any difference. Cheers.Posted 1 year agoBeagleboySubscriber
I’ve moved from a 90mm stem and 640mm bar on my old Orange Five to a 30mm stem and 770-80mm? Renthal setup on my new Orange Four and I’m absolutely loving the confidence this setup is giving me.
Still getting used to it mind you. Most rides I’m clipping trees and last weekend I did get a fair old clang out of a metal bollard as I rode across old Stirling bridge….that woke me up!
Go for it, what’s the worst that can happen?
p.s. If you’re wondering, my hand’s feeling a whole lot better from that time in August when I completely misjudged the distance between the rocks on one side and the tree on the other as we wheeched down the Lairig Ghru. Hardly hurts at all now! You’ll be fine, trust me! 😈Posted 1 year agoJImmAwelonMember
My theory is that it depends on the age/geometry of the bike….. my full susser is a 2007 Stumpjumper 120 which I have had from new (of course 26″ flavour). I was on 665mm/90mm for a few years, then I put a 140mm fork on it and a longer shock upping the rear to 136mm travel and went to 680/70mm and all was good. Then I read a forum and decided I ought to try to get on this shorter and wider thing. So I tried 711mm/50mm but it just felt so wrong. I tried rolling the bar forwards and backwards and adjusting the position of the levers and shifters but just couldn’t get on with it. I realise these bar widths are far from wide by todays standards and I am talking about <1″on each side. I have ridden 150mm stems and 520mm bars in the past so maybe I am as wide as I can go and cannot adapt but perhaps a frame design >10 years old isn’t supposed to work like that? Modern geometry and all that….. yawn, sorry.
It has just hit me, I am going to have to try 711mm/70mm aren’t I?Posted 1 year agomikewsmithSubscriber
the one from the Syndicate video seemed to work for most of my riding mates.Posted 1 year ago
arms out at shoulder level, let your elbows bend 90degrees and hang your hands down, thats where you want your hands on the bars. For me it’s 780/90 ish for ohers it less. Shoulder width is the key thing.cpSubscriber
When you install the wide bars, persevere with them for a while even if they feel weird at first. Also be aware it’s not just width, rise and sweep have a huge impact on the feel/fit of a bar. If, for example, you have narrow shoulders, you might want to look for more sweep. On the other hand, if you have broad shoulders you might want less sweep. Or personal preference could take you either way. You might need to try a couple to see what you like.Posted 1 year agoSuperficialMember
As above, it does depend a bit on the bike. If the top tube is quite short, you don’t want to ruin the handling by adding a much shorter stem. That said, wider bars pitch your weight slightly further forward anyway so to an extent that will offset a change to a shorter stem.
I suspect that changing from 685mm/80mm to 740/60 will feel similar in terms of length. You could even try 750+/40 without affecting reach too much, if you wanted. 740/60 sounds like a good starting point though.Posted 1 year agotrickydiscoMember
Wide bars are great but whacking a short stem on as well isn’t always the answer. I transferred everything from my slackline to a spesh pitch – including the 750mm bars and 50mm stem. Well the front end just didn’t feel right. Felt like I could go over the bars easily. Put a 75mm stem on and it feels great now.Posted 1 year ago
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