NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
First of all, why do you think you NEED a riser bar? If you are comfortable with a flat bar and like it, stick with it. If you want to change your riding style, then get a riser. Flat bars are more XC race oriented and in combination with a 0 degree or 5 degree stem will put you into a lower riding and forward position, this helps when climbing. Riser bars are more for recreational riding, Freeriding, Jumping, and Downhill. The rise puts you in a more upright (comfortable) and further back position. Riser bars are usually wider than a flat bar, have a bit more sweep (bend) and will put you in a more upright position on your bike. You can get into the same position with a flat bar and a steeper stem. Either way!
What I'm trying to say is, "Don't get a riser just because your friends tell you to" If your buddy has one and you can ride his bike and like the more upright position, then get one. If you're a racer stick with a flat bar.
Easton's are very sweet, well made, thoroughly tested, light and strong and above all expensive as heck! If your budget is only $40, stick with an aluminum bar from a reputable company. There are tons to choose from. Azonic, Answer, Titec, Race Face,...etc. I'm using an Answer Alumilite bar that was only around $30.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger