- Wider bars – pros/cons or do I look wide enough?!
Anyone running 800’s and finding them ok width wise? I’m currently on 760’s with a 60mm stem but considering dropping to the 50 and going wider.
But then I need to consider the trees! And also my wingspan. I tried that push up test and I swear I was at around 840 to lift my fat ass up!
Then I’m not sure if my shoulders are that wide. Here are some embarrassing pics of my current bar width bar the last picture, which is clearly not me!
Think my elbows and wrists look ok? Maybe I’m not built for super wide bars!Posted 1 month agoajantomSubscriber
Having run 760mm bars for a few years, I recently put some Surly Sunrise bars on my Krampus, which are an eyewatering 820mm wide.
I assumed I’d cut them down quite soon, but they’re actually great!
Caught a couple of trees, but no where near as many as I expected.
Try it and see.
*Edit…actually I’ve found brambles and nettles a bigger issue, as you catch more with your hands and forearm. Ouch.Posted 1 month agoorangespydermanSubscriber
I have 800mm bars – I thought I’d chop them down a bit but they’re actually quite nice. Have hit a number of trees and there are clearly certain bits where I have to pay more attention than my riding mates…
I’ve still not cut them down a year or so after getting them…Posted 1 month agoMary HingeSubscriber
I am currently on 760s, previously always old skool 685 and didn’t like the wide bars.
But after a couple of years on 760s I am now keen to go 800 as the 760s feel a bit narrow.
I am 6’4″ though and broad shouldered.
I did have a legendary crash a couple of years ago clipping a tree, which I think scared my riding mates quite a bit!! But not repeated even on the same trail.Posted 1 month ago
The website where the pics are is terrible! Only works about 1 out of 20 times. Direct link to one…
See if that works!Posted 1 month ago
The pics are on the website as not purchased them due to the prices!
I have some brand new carbon 800s at home but if I use them I lose money on them if they are too wide. But for the sake of a few lost quid I might try them later!
-10mm on the stem and +40mm on the bars lol. Will see how it feels.Posted 1 month agoPaulyMember
Went up to 800mm bars from 750mm on my new build and managed to break my little finger/knuckle after a bar/hand/tree interface in my local woods on my 2nd ride. Not going to cut them down as I really like how they feel.Posted 1 month ago
Did find an old pair of bars from my 2005 Rocky Ridge. They were 640mm! How did we manage?!?!chiefgrooveguruMember
My local isn’t far from you and I’ve tried, 670, 710, 740, 750, 760, 770, 800 and 810, over the past decade! I’d settled on 750 for my hardtail and 810 for the full-sus (for gnarlier riding elsewhere) but then realised I liked riding it here too and 810 was impossible between some of the trees (had a nasty crash last year trying to thread a gap at speed). Now they’re both at 770 which seems a good compromise. I’m about your height but with long arms and legs.Posted 1 month agomoshimonsterMember
My usuals are 760 and the Ergon grips add 5mm each side I think so 770’s really.
Same as mine. My bars are 760, but measure 770 with Ergons. Bars on my other bike (Spesh Enduro from 2015) measure 760. Both feel good, but are a bit of a pain amongst the very tight trees. I can’t think of any good reason why I would want to go any wider. If anything I would probably benefit from going a bit narrower for my local woods. Margin of error is pretty small as it is.Posted 1 month agozinaruMember
i have been running jones loops for around the last 8 years and whilst they are only 680mm wide i really like them (wider than anything id tried up to then). earlier this year i decided simply to see what straighter wider bars would feel like as a little experiment so bought some 800mm bars and a 50mm stem.
i actually really like them although the amount of crashes I’ve had has been crazy. i’ve hit a couple of trees due to the extra width but i suspect the wider bars are somehow giving me more confidence to go faster. then I’m getting into trouble more often. i just need to wise up!
im convinced wider is better although its clearly something to play around with before getting the hacksaw out or that assuming that gap is wide enough…Posted 1 month agonickcSubscriber
I’m using 800mm width with a 50mm stem. Makes the steering feel slower, which can catch one out if you’re unused to it, or when you first jump on the bike. I think it’s very much personal choice though, I’ve friends who’re the same height and rough proportions (178cm tall and about 75kg) for who, 800mmm is just way too widePosted 1 month agophiljuniorMember
Did find an old pair of bars from my 2005 Rocky Ridge. They were 640mm! How did we manage?!?!
I found some pics of me just before I fitted some *super wide* 760mm bars back in the late 00’s. I think my previous bars were a “wide back then” 685mm, 760s took some getting used to but I could sort of feel the benefit.
I seem to be a luddite these days, but if I could be bothered/was getting new bars anyway I might try something wider than the default 780s I run, but I never seem to have my hands off the edge of the grips on them or anything (my dad tried them, and fell off immediately after catching a tree. Luckily he bounces quite well for a 70yo).
Plus I don’t want to become like the nobheads that cut down some trees on one of the local trails just because they clearly couldn’t make the gap. Yes my bars suffered a few lost end caps there, but it’s the trail. Ride it or get better. 🙁Posted 1 month agozinaruMember
800mm does look crazy wide to me but its a look im warming to.
i remember decades back loving the scott at4 bars and they were less that 500mm wide (and a nightmare to install especially when you decide only a few weeks after you got them to go super cool and run your thumbshifters flipped and under the bars). i had a cannondale sm1000 back then and these bars with that 13″ high bottom bracket brings me out in a cold sweat… really fast and super twitchy!
amazing how we learn.Posted 1 month agomoshimonsterMember
I don’t think I would want a 70mm stem!
Why not? If it’s just a case of making the cockpit a little more comfortable. The shorter stem, wider bar trend only matters if it actually makes you ride better. Otherwise it’s just a look. 770 (effective) with a 60 stem is a pretty “modern” setup anyway for that kind of bike and would have been considered full-on enduro spec only a few short years ago. But if your frame really is too small for you, then sizing up does make sense.Posted 1 month ago
Well you have me thinking – people have said my frame looks too small or I look too big on the bike, either or.. but its all in the riding I guess.
I can’t actually tell you if i would be more comfortable on a larger frame as I havent tried it. It would allow a shorter stem, but looking at the figures – the next frame size up has 15mm more reach. Shorten to a 50mm, and that reach then becomes an extra 5mm.
The wheelbase, top tube and seat tube are all longer, but it doesnt really equal a huge gain in reach.Posted 1 month agobrantSubscriber
That’s twice I’ve heard you mention that Brant, whats the logic behind it?
Rolled back bars help when riding steep stuff, in keeping you from falling off the front. Seems lots of people still set up in that 90’s NORBA style “attack position” nonsense with levers pointing down and all that. Idiot journalists wrote all that when copying MBA writers whose tech trails were high speed fire roads. Our trails – rather different – up here anyway.
YMMVPosted 1 month ago
I see a lot of online journalists saying a lot of things, I know its all about opinion, but a lot of views always come across ‘we are right, you are wrong’.
Recently I have learnt that we are ALL riding bikes that are too small, you have the wrong bike if you cant run a 50mm stem, 780mm bars are for everyone and a few others.
I guess i find myself (stupidly) influenced by what I read. I don’t even know why!!Posted 1 month agopetercook80Member
You could have a look at this
But you will probably end up far narrower than you think (or is fashionable) so will ignore it completely – but if you do happen to have an open mind and go with it you might be surprised…Posted 1 month ago
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.