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View Poll Results: Riser or Flat Bar?
Riser 29 65.91%
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Old 04-20-03, 11:01 PM   #1
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Riser or Flat Bar?

I just got back into biking and I noticed a lot of bikes come with riser bars now. Personally, I think they look ugly and don't really do all that much so I'm looking to replace mine with a flat bar. Anyone out there care to share what they think? Also if you have gone from riser to flat, is there a bar you'd reco.?
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Old 04-20-03, 11:39 PM   #2
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They have a point. The raise the front end of the bike into a more relaxed position AND allows you to get over the bike more instead of riding it (this protects the dangly bits). A racing position is not the best position when riding in 'freeriding' style areas. Risers also tend to be quite a bit wider (thank god) as well the stems are usually 30-40mm shorter all of which makes steering more touchy and reactive imo.

I can only share what I think as I am glad to see flat bars have been left for xc only. I was never confortable before and all I ever did before last year was commute.
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Old 04-20-03, 11:46 PM   #3
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I vote for raiser. Gives me more control, but itís only me. Some people like it flat others like it bent. I say try it before u buy it. If you like it get it.
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Old 04-20-03, 11:50 PM   #4
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I vote for raiser. Gives me more control, but itís only me. Some people like it flat others like it bent. I say try it before u buy it. If you like it get it.
ya I think I'll take it for a few rides before I swap it out. I personally don't like sitting so high all the time.
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Old 04-20-03, 11:56 PM   #5
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Riser Bars. They are much easier on my elbows and back. They are a personal preference though.
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Old 04-21-03, 12:04 AM   #6
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I like riser bars, but I don't go too high with it, 1in. rise on both my mtn. bikes....tom
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Old 04-21-03, 12:09 AM   #7
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flat bar for me... although to me there's a bigger difference with the geometry of today's bikes as opposed to that 5 years ago that bothers me more. i prefer to lean over my bike with a long toptube and long stem with flat bar and bar ends. climbs quicker but not as comfortable as an upright position.
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Old 04-21-03, 12:27 AM   #8
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Totally run a flat bar on my XC race bike... BUT, can't wait to get a dually with a nice nent bar to work on trials and manuals and some big air with...

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does it matter what bar I buy if I do buy a flat? I noticed Eastons are a pretty big name.
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Old 04-21-03, 12:40 AM   #10
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Easton makes GREAT bars! (flat or riser). BUT, when it comes to bar-ends (which you will if you run flats...), get some LP Composites! (really back their products).

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Old 04-21-03, 12:42 AM   #11
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I have an old set on Onza's on my 92 Rockhopper that I'm kind of attached to. We'll see if I find some new ones out there I like.
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Raceface also make strong bars as well. I generally buy canadian so I am biased
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I'm not sure I could say "risers r teh besT!!!11" or otherwise. I really just consider them an option to get a bike just the way I like it. When I buy a bike I'll usually try it with both, and whichever I feel better with I keep. For both the bikes I ride that turned out to be a riser. However, when I was looking I rode a few bikes that really didn't feel right with a riser. It made the bike's handling seem awkward.
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Most of us here would thank you if you didn't. At least not like that.
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Ive got a flat on my Stumpy, it has a lot of back sweep, so I like that much better than previous bars. and I dig having bar ends, Well now I do, I thought I could live without until my first 2 hour ride this year, but Im allowed to change my mind arent I?
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Old 04-21-03, 07:41 PM   #17
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Anothe vote for risers - Comfort, control of the bike....just better all-around for me, my riding style, and my bike setup.

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Most of us here would thank you if you didn't. At least not like that.
Woe is the fool who falls into one of Raiyn's many pet peeves.
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Risers for me.
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Definately risers. When I first started riding I had a lot of lower back pain with my stock flat bar. Since putting on a riser I haven't had any problems.
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Woe is the fool who falls into one of Raiyn's many pet peeves.
Who me? I'm known as a soft touch around here.
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Flat. Risers make the bike look too tame and comfortable. I like the racy look and feel of the flat bars. My bike's got a raised stem, so I'm in the process of getting a straight longer stem to complement my riding style. If you have occasional problems with comfort, get some bar-ends and angle them up so that you can ride relaxed intermittently.
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I have been using a riser handlebar on my bike for a while now, the bike originally came with a flat handlebar. I just swapped the bars to see what it feels like again.

The flat bars are better for twisty singletrack and the risers are better for cross-country riding with dips and drop-offs, reason...the risers put the rider in a more upright position so that they don't feel like they're going over the bars.
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I like a riser bar for its adjustability. You can rotate a riser bar in the stem and get a variety of differing hand positions. Try that with a flat bar.
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The flat bars are better for twisty singletrack and the risers are better for cross-country riding with dips and drop-offs, reason...the risers put the rider in a more upright position so that they don't feel like they're going over the bars.
If you were using a riser with a traditional stem (80 to 100mm) you might find this to be true but match a riser with a 50mm and your steering will be twitchy and responsive...Its length might affect a bit but I don't notice.
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