- How wide are your bars?
All my main bikes are on 711 now, seems just right for me. The XC bike is whatever length monkeylites are, 685 I think. I’m quite narrow shouldered so these seem pretty appropriate, not often wide enough to be a problem either.
I do have a set of Sunline 762s which are good fun but made me very aware of just how precise some of my line choices are and how close I get to trees- less than 25mm apparently, clonk.Posted 6 years agodirtbiker100Member
Next time (as in, next week) when the next person starts this thread can you ask for the height of the rider in the reply or maybe arm length or shoulder width. bar width means nothing on its own.
I’m 5ft 8″, originally XC bike-685mm. DH bike 710mm.
Now running one bike with 760 bars but grips set between 735 and 750 depending on what i’m riding. can’t decide and don’t want to cut the bars yet.Posted 6 years agoTNMember
Mine are 777s which I bought because they were cheap. I had intended to cut them down but I actually really like how they feel and have not, as yet, ridden into any trees. Well, not due to the width of the bars.Posted 6 years ago
I am a 5’10” girlie (because I know women and men generally have different height proportions and I can’t be bothered measuring how long my forearm is)mattjgSubscriber
Are wide bars ‘in’ at the moent?
I’m not a big guy (5’8″) but have pretty wide shoulders for my height and chopping from 685 to 655 was a definite improvement for the local riding (forest, natural trails). The steering is faster to respond and more sensitive to shifts in balance than before (which was more like turning a big ship’s wheel, slooooowwwww).
For switching direction on twisty trails and anticipating the best line through bends, it’s much faster. More ‘speedboat’ less ‘oil tanker’.
I’ve not seen a downside yet.
I’m tempted to chop further but first I need a longer stem now my hands are in front of me rather than off to the sides. And that’s with only 15mm chopped off each end.Posted 6 years agosteve_b77Member
On my FS I have 711mm Easton’s with a 65mm 10deg Rise stem, with a horizontal TT of 590mm, combined with a Joplin (roughly 20mm layback)
On my geared HT I have 685mm Eastons with a 90mm 0deg rise stem, with a horizontal TT of 580mm, combined with a layback Thomson post.
On my SS HT I have 660mm Race Face XC’s with a 90mm 6deg rise stem, with a 585mm horizontal TT, combined with a RF post (10-15mm of layback)
All seem just about right to to fair, although if I want to XC up the FS for marathons etc it gets a set of 685mm Eastons on a 90mm 6deg rise stem and a Easton 10mm layback post, seems to climb quickerPosted 6 years ago
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