- Wrist pain! – Recommend me some new bars for my Anthem 29r
Never really got on with the stock Giant bars on my 2012 Anthem X1 29er. Mild wrist ache after a few hours in the saddle meaning I often end up resting my thumbs over the bars to get some relief. Last outing my right knuckle also started to hurt.
Stock bars are 690mm wide, 19mm rise and (I think) 9 degrees back sweep. Used with stock 100mm stem with 8 degrees upsweep.
I’m 6ft2 riding a large frame size with the seat 20mm off the min insertion, about 2 inches higher than the bars. Bike is used for general trail riding and the odd trip to Swinley, not hardcore XC racing.
Not sure what I need to make this more comfortable? Please help.
I’m guessing wider bars would help – 750ish mm?, a bit more back sweep? And maybe more rise to take some of the weight off?
Any recommendations gratefully receivedPosted 3 years ago
Thanks for the tips.
I’ve rotated the bars forward slightly which has raised them up a touch and lowered the levers, feels a bit better but wont’t be able to really tell until I go for a ride.
Those ergo grips look good, I notice halfords stock them and I recall they have a 28 day exchange policy so might get a pair to try out. Failing that the salsa bend 2 bars look like they have a decent amount of sweep, ideally I’d like to try something a bit wider but they may be the best option if the other things don’t work.Posted 3 years agoichabodMember
Specialized do some too which are a bit cheaper: http://www.cyclesolutions.co.uk/p52102/specialized-bg-contour-xct-gripPosted 3 years ago
Thanks for the continued advice
I did some testing today…
With bars rotated forward in the stem which raises the grips (which I thought would improve things), it is worse, numbness + pain within 15 minutes – realised that up sweep means more pressure on outside of hand near little finger but rotated the other way with grips pointing down it is definitely better, but still not 100%.
I’ve come to the conclusion the Ergon grips (or Specialized equivalent) would solve this.
Just need to decide which ones Gs or Gp and whether to get built in bar ends. Never used bar ends before – are they worth the extra weight/cost?Posted 3 years ago
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