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Old 07-12-11, 08:06 PM   #1
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wide bars!

so i got a new handlebar today. ever since i rode the rocky mountain slayer, i've been thinking about those huge wide handlebars, i guess enough to where i actually dreamt i got a pair. i figure if it's in my dreams, it means the universe wants me to have them, so i got them.

thing is, the bars i bought are only slightly wider than what i had, same rise and rake. barely 1/2 an inch on either side, i didn't think it would actually make any difference, but holy crap, it really does. they feel totally different.

i also really like them cause they are shiny. i'm fascinated by shiny objects.

tomorrow i'm gonna drive to Driggs, Idaho, to test them out in the tetons.

here are some pics of my shiny new bars.



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What width are they?

When you're in Driggs, tell 'em Pete from Royal Racing says 'Hi' (as I know he would - - he's from Driggs).
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I have a set like those in carbon. 710mm + wide, was a different feel at first, but now I am going with that width on all my MTBs. I really like the way they ride.

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Dang...170mm wide bars...I'd have to hang on with my teeth.



FYI...bikewagon has syncros bulk dh 710mm hi rise bars on sale for $26. Thats cheap.
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What width are they?

When you're in Driggs, tell 'em Pete from Royal Racing says 'Hi' (as I know he would - - he's from Driggs).
they are like, 750 mm or so.

i will indeed tell them Pete says hello.
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Dang...170mm wide bars...I'd have to hang on with my teeth.



FYI...bikewagon has syncros bulk dh 710mm hi rise bars on sale for $26. Thats cheap.
Sorry! I fixed it. It was early this morning!
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What's a good width for MTB bars anyway? For all my other riding I like the bars to be equal to the width of my shoulders (I have only flat bars), but perhaps for MTB its hould be wider?
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710mm + wide, was a different feel at first, but now I am going with that width on all my MTBs.
Wait 'til you try some 745s.

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they are like, 750 mm or so.
Those be nice 'n wide.

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What's a good width for MTB bars anyway? For all my other riding I like the bars to be equal to the width of my shoulders (I have only flat bars), but perhaps for MTB its hould be wider?
29" (about +/-740mm) are becoming a new standard (haha, another 29er trend). Blame it on us downhillers, in search of more leverage. Sunline makes some nice 745s. They also now make 762s (30") but just in flat - no rise (another DH trend). Syncros makes 31s but only in low (20mm) rise.
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My 711mm's are OK, but when I tried a bud's 785s, I realized what was going on next.
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Really? I ordered a 26"/660mm and that seems wide
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WOW, they are so wide they don't even fit in 2 of the pictures!

Technically, do you feel more stable with the wider grip? What is the advantage?

I catch fish with shiny metal stuff, just sayin......

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I think the wider grip gives you more controlled steering. Steering gets twitchy as the bars get narrower. Also, with wider bars your chest opens up which is better for breathing. I have no idea about leverage though.
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Fruita is the only place you could ride with that crap, around here every 3min you'd be smashing your knuckles into a tree right before you ate dirt!
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i am an idiot. my bars are NOT 750mm, only 711mm. still wider than they were.

Daspydyr - the wider bars give me better control, the bike turns easier. Also, with my arms wider, supposedly my chest is more open and i can breathe better or something. i have no idea if that part is true though.
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Fruita is the only place you could ride with that crap, around here every 3min you'd be smashing your knuckles into a tree right before you ate dirt!
i managed to squeeze through some trees up in Idaho, so they aren't *that* wide.... but i would put on smaller bars to ride up in Canada. Also, what we consider "technical" down here, you guys consider beginner, so there is that.

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^^ I've run 745s on Cut Yer Bars - - a nice, tight trail in Whistler - - with no problem. It's all in how you finesse them.



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745mm bars FTMFW. I love my Sunline bars, on both bikes.

Tip: stick your Reverb remote upside down on the other side of your bars if you can fit it there. More in line with the way your thumb sits when riding, and tucked a bit more out of the way from potential crash damage.


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Scrublover - thanks for the tip, i shall reroute my reverb.
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^^ I've run 745s on Cut Yer Bars - - a nice, tight trail in Whistler - - with no problem. It's all in how you finesse them.


Are those bars your first choice to ride tight singletrack? Thought so.
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Really? I ordered a 26"/660mm and that seems wide
I think that's what my most recent bars started at. I cut 'em down to 24.5" though.
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Are those bars your first choice to ride tight singletrack?
First choice for that bike in any situation. And it goes where I go.
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First choice for that bike in any situation. And it goes where I go.
What he said. Riding all sorts of tight and twisty stuff, with tight trees and don't have an issue. You get used to them, and the advantages the rest of the time far, far outweigh the need to finesse them a bit in tight trees.
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i managed to squeeze through some trees up in Idaho, so they aren't *that* wide.... but i would put on smaller bars to ride up in Canada. Also, what we consider "technical" down here, you guys consider beginner, so there is that.
I have 30" bars on my trail bike and DH bike. Does that mean I have to leave Canada?
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I have 30" bars on my trail bike and DH bike. Does that mean I have to leave Canada?
Yes, since you need 30" bars you are the love-child of a Sasquatch and therefore are banned.
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Yes, since you need 30" bars you are the love-child of a Sasquatch and therefore are banned.
don't knock 'em til ya try 'em. 29.5" on the bike i rode today. three different tree squeezes that are actually tighter than that, and i made it through all without busting any knuckles.
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