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Old 03-27-09, 03:31 PM   #1
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Riser Bar Width... Wide or Narrow?

I'm building a new bike. Medium 18, 5.5 inches of travel intended for trail riding. I have the choice of a 640mm or 670mm carbon riser bar. I'm 5'10" and weigh 165lbs.

Which of the 2 would you recommend?
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670 with alu ends
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Really? Why that wide?
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Well...I said "alu ends" so you can cut the bar down to whatever you want. You can still do it with carbon bars with masking tape and a fine tooth blade though.
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Oh, I see. Well, the 2 choices of bar are both full carbon and I don't want to cut them. I don't use bar ends so I can put my grips all the way to the end. Therefore, I'm probably going 640mm.
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Really? Why that wide?
I came from a BMX background and I was used to narrow bars. When I got into MTBs, I immediately sawed my handlebars down to about 600mm. Over the years I've begun to leave them alone where most of the stock bars I have are around 640mm.

A mate of mine kept raving on about wide bars and I've dismissed it, until one time a high rise bar I ordered arrived and it was really wide at 680mm. So I decided to leave it alone as I could always cut it later on.

Now it's my fav handle bar... it just feels right for some reason.

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I'm still kicking myself in the brownie for cutting my EA70 down to 25.5
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Do you use bar ends? Because the bar ends alone account for a good 20mm on each side.
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Are you serious? Umm...I'm between bar ends at the moment.
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I used to have narrower bars. Then I got some 710s and I was in love. The bike felt more stable through almost everything. Plus it was cool that they were lighter then my narrower bars to. Get the 670s. You'll like them.
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