What width bars do you use..!?
For all-mountain riding as opposed to featherweight XC stuff
Mine have been about 700mm, but I’m just building up a Titus El Guapo, and have bought 740mm bars. I’m gonna give them a try anyway at that width before any cutting, was just curious how wide other people had gone…Posted 6 years agoDezBSubscriber
Just in case some people don’t replyPosted 6 years ago
mojo – 70mm
DezB – thanks, did a forum search and not much came up funnily enough, hence why I started a new one, must have cocked up the search maybe
Yean I’m gonna give them a whirl at 740 although I have a feeling thats going to be a tad too much for the tree lined trails I ride a lot
Cheers!Posted 6 years agotthewSubscriber
No-one tempted to try the new Superstar Yardstick then?
915mm. Seems like the Forresty Comission wasted their money doing all that felling recently, should have just waited for some of these bad boys to hit the trails, there’d have been knocked over trees all over the place!Posted 6 years agorewskiMember
710s with 70 stem. I always find they take a bit of getting used too, mainly because I use a 660 flat on my XC HT. The wider bars are definitely more stable cornering at high speed downhill, I think they also force a better body position and weight distribution when cornering. I do find them a bit wobbly on very steep climbs, and I’ve clipped the odd tree in tight wooded sections.Posted 6 years agoSuperficialMember
The main benefits of wide bars is that they put your weight further forwards. This puts more weight through the front wheel and improves traction, and gives you a more aggressive stance. Of course you can run a longer stem to put your weight forwards but that makes the steering more sluggish. Potentially a wider bar gives you more leverage and makes it less likely that front wheel rocks will force you off line, but my opinion is that’s a secondary benefit.
Superstar have obviously taken it too far though – I imagine they offer that to allow people to cut them down to a more reasonable size, but I bet a lot of people won’t…
750mm for me on the XC bike.
My view is that wide bars = better, but the last time I said that on here I got mocked by some luddites so I’ll end this post with “IMHO, of course.”Posted 6 years agoGWMember
The main benefits of wide bars is that they put your weight further forwards. This puts more weight through the front wheel and improves traction, and gives you a more aggressive stance. Of course you can
run a longer stem[b] simply bend your elbows slightly more[/b] to put your weight forwards
🙄Posted 6 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Leverage, stability, body position take your pick they’re all valid points, TBH I simply tryed a fad and found I get along quite well with it…
Call it a “Fashion” thing if you like but ultimately nothing (not even marginally longer handlebars) will actually make me look cool on a push bike, so I might as well be comfortable…
I still think Bar width should match riders physical build, but there’s no harm in buying some wider bars and then breaking out the hacksaw to “Adjust” them later…Posted 6 years ago
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