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    hey peoples,
    i was just wondering if anyone knows if having riser bars as opposed to straight bars will make you go any slower...
    I have straight bars but I may get risers - any suggestions for some decent middle of the range bars?
    thanx for reading

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    Slower? No, I don't think so

    You have to weed your way through all of the hype and critism that risers have evoked. If you're into a low forward riding position (XC race style, although not so much anymore as some people I know are racing XC with risers...) then risers won't fit your bill. If you like a bit more upright riding position and a wider bar (many risers are wider than flats which gives you more control over the front wheel = faster!) then you'll love risers.

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    You have to think of why you are buying risers. Like Tony said, the width is a consideration. If you want the more comfortable hand position options a riser offers, (usually 8 degree sweep vs. 3 or 5 degree with flats) but not the increased height try a 1 inch riser like an Easton Monkeylite. If you want to put your riding position back like it was, flip your stem (if you have a threadless headset and your stem is rise isn't too steep). I bought the Monkeylite to avoid a weight penalty as most risers weigh more than flats. My hands and wrists feel way better after a long ride, too.
    Good luck

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    yep

    yep i'm the guy who posted this original thread and i'm now the proud owner of some new axiom risers, thanx for your help

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