Handlebars, how wide is too wide?
Having acquired some 720mm bars I’m wondering if I should cut them before trying them? I normally ride at 680mm wide, I have tried 700 but cut them after one ride, should I persevere & stick it out for a while & see if it changes my world, or do you just know what’s right for you?
Obviously the old rule of “as wide as your shoulders” has long been dead, but at what width do you say it’s too wide?
Cheers.Posted 4 years agotymbianMember
I also have the Answer bars at 780mm and find it spot on. I’m only 5′ 10″ so dont have the ganglest set of arms.
Proper fun when riding the red at swinley. I’m sure that if I went back up a section and actually stood and tried to fit my bars through the gaps between trees I wouldnt ride half as fast through the trees..Best not to know..
In answer to your original post though, 1m 60 would defo be too wide..
how tall are you OP?Posted 4 years agotymbianMember
@2unfit2ride.. sorry bud but no. You riding xc/trails? at 6′ I don’t know why you would want to ride with a bar width of 680mm unless it just tame bridleways etc you’re riding. I think a wider bar enables more leverage which equates to less force being needed to hold the bars straight at high speed when you hit something that tries to pry the bars from your grip.Posted 4 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
sorry bud but no. You riding xc/trails? at 6′ I don’t know why you would want to ride with a bar width of 680mm unless it just tame bridleways etc you’re riding I think a wider bar enables more leverage which equates to less force being needed to hold the bars straight at high speed when you hit something that tries to pry the bars from your grip.
Comfort. I’m a few inches over 6′ and wouldn’t go bigger than what I have. I also feel i’m plenty strong enough to turn the bars at speed especially after years of narrower bars.Posted 4 years ago
Yup, and Jason McRoy, Greg Herbold, Jonny T, Missy Giove, Anne-Caroline Chausson, et al. could never ride for toffee with their silly, narrow, 90s bars 🙄 it’s mostly fashion to be honest, you gain some control with wide bars, but anything over 700mm gives diminishing returns IMHO.Posted 4 years ago
I liked a comment Andy Barlow made- he likes wide bars but not because of leverage or anything, just because wide hands force you into an aggressive front-wheel-weighted posture. I approve this concept because it led him to sell me a set of barely used 710mm Easton Havens for peanuts.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
it’s mostly fashion to be honest, you gain some control with wide bars, but anything over 700mm gives diminishing returns IMHO.
Yep but all those people running sub 700mm bars are just stuck in the past where mountain bikes were based on what people did on roads..
Gone from 740 to 780, feels great – I wish that this had been available earlier.
As said never cut before you try, you can’t stick it back onPosted 4 years agocastaneaMember
Put on a set of Renthal Fatbars last year with the intention of cutting them down to size and have just never felt the need to. I have scared myself a few times with trees at Ae but not clipped one yet. I like them. I’m going to keep them as they are.
Doorways are a right pain in the arse though.Posted 4 years agoTrimixMember
Ive got some 810mm bars. I did clip a tree or two about two years ago, but I dont anymore. You do get used to it. My bars suit me, but are also the same width as my motorcycles. The allow me to weight the front properly.
But its personal, try them for a long time before you cut them.Posted 4 years agonikkMember
Did 690 for quite a while, but ended up disliking them on climbs and JRA. Down to 645 with bar ends and it feels a much better compromise for my type of riding (XC / trail).Tim Trewin wrote:
You riding xc/trails? at 6′ I don’t know why you would want to ride with a bar width of 680mm unless it just tame bridleways etc you’re riding.
I definitely think there is an element of willy waving / machismo / fashion with wide bars, the post above may be a good example of that 🙂Posted 4 years agorighogSubscriber
Most of my riding is in woodland so I stuck to 710 bars for fear of clipping the trees.
I just bought a pair of 750 and I love em, the first thing I noticed was a could breath much better as it let my chest open up from the more cramped position I was in ( I had not noticed I was cramped before this but I am fairly wide) and I clipped no trees. I will try wider as soon as funds allow.Posted 4 years ago
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