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Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2 Felt F1X's, Surly Steamroller Fixed / Free, 2007 IF Crown Jewel, 2007 IF Planet X Singlespeed
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Originally Posted by MATTO
I would think the same as your road riding or maybe a tad bit smaller so you can turn the handelbars quicker, and get into tight places easyier. But its mostley personal prefrence I think.
actually, most ppl use bars a bit wider than their road bars. the extra width is for better handling in technical sections. also, some cross bars have flared drops which again help in off road/technical sections, and make it a bit easier to grab the bar when carrying the bike. i have seen all kinds of bars at races...from shallow drops to ergos to dirt drops. an ergo bar such as the salsa bell lap bar is popular for cross, but personally i like a regular curved, shallow drop bar. you should be able to reach your drops easily on your cross bike, and not have to bend down too far to reach them.