So much experience on this forum...I love the help that I can get here.
I am a roadie and very new to MTN Biking. I just put together my new XC race bike and love it. The bars that are on it are the straight and narrow Ritchies. I am 6'5" and my bike is 22". My experienced friend told me to upgrade my bars to wider ones with rise. I am trying to accomodate four priorities in picking these new bars in this order of preference:
2) weight/material used
3) rise and sweep
I would like to eventually race XC with this bike, but will use it for all kinds of riding. It is a Ti Hardtail.
Here are three bars that I am looking at:
1) Nashbar Carbon Mountain Bike Riser Handlebar
These bars have a 25.4mm clamp size. I do not know if I it will fit my bike or is this too narrow.
Weight: 174g (WOW...that is light)
Material: Carbon (too sexy)
Length: 660MM (probably too short for me)
Rise: 40 MM (I think that is good)
2) Sunline V1 Mountain Bike Riser Handlebar
These bars have a 31.8mm clamp, which seems standard for everything that I am looking at.
Weight: 280 g
Material: Triple-butted, tapered 7075-T6 aluminum
Length: 711MM or 745mm (nice and long may be what I need)
Rise: 19mm or 38 mm
3) RaceFace Atlas FR Riser Bar
They come in RED...nice
Material: cold drawn, seamless Air Alloy material
Is there another set of bars I should look at....thanks for any advice.