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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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    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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    I vote for raiser. Gives me more control, but it’s 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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    Originally posted by Chuvak
    I vote for raiser. Gives me more control, but it’s 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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    Riser Bars. They are much easier on my elbows and back. They are a personal preference though.

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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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    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.
    i won't deny it i'm a straight ridah

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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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    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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    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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    Originally posted by DiL
    I'm not sure I could say "risers r teh besT!!!11" ...snip...
    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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    Risers
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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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    Originally posted by Raiyn
    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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    Originally posted by DiL
    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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    Originally posted by dubMON
    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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