Who's riding wider bars these days?
The one thing that’s sticking in my mind is that on my favourite local descent, there’s two sections between trees which are probably 730mm wide, as I always wince going through them. Suppose I could get a saw out
I find that I have a pretty good idea of where my hands are in space. I.e. even with wider bars I never actually hit them on anything.
I had Havocs @ 750mm on my main bike. Just bought another pair for my second bike. Wide is good.Posted 4 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Went from 685 to 711 Havens a couple of years back, but replaced those with carbon 750 Havocs and whilst I like the extra width, I’m getting a bit of pain in my palms. I think it’s probably just the change of angle but am thinking of maybe slimming them down a little.Posted 4 years ago
My riding’s progressed to fast, rocky, technical descending since spending the past 12 months in Scotland.
I’m running a 720mm bar, which was paired to a 70mm stem. I’ve gone to a 55mm stem now, and the bar just feels too narrow. I’m thinking of buying some Easton Havoc 750mm bars.
Has anyone gone the same route, and was 750mm a good width for you? I did initially think 740mm, but there’s only the Ragley bar at that width and it’s £20 more than the Easton.
RicksPosted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Just gone from 680mm EA70 Monkey Bars to 780mm dmr Wingbars on my Enduro.
This goes with changing from 150mm to 170mm forks. Feels like a completely different bike but wow – so confidence inspiring on the downs. Not sure if it’s the forks, bars or change in geometry – all 3 combined I suppose, but it flies. Uphill a tad harder, but still easily cleaned a local nasty climb.
I’m sure broken knuckles will be on the cards soon though – lots of tight trees on our rides!Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
I bought ProTaper DHs too, without realising they were 780.Posted 4 years ago
They didn’t actually make any difference to steering from the 710s I had before, but they did get in the damn way when riding through trees (or past walkers!)
Cut them down to 750 and they feel perfect. (Actually I didn’t have a single thought about my bars on the QE Enduro, so that means they are perfect 🙂 )
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