Old 05-19-17, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Noddy View Post
I can't seem to build any confidence, the front end is nervous and twitchy - more so than the old school bikes I am used to.
I feel exactly the same when it comes to flat bars that happen to be narrow, but not at all on the very same bike with a wider bar that happens to have a bit of rise to it. I haven't tried a wider flat bar to see if it's more the width that makes all the difference, but I very much believe it is.

Maybe all you need is a wider bar?

The ones on my bike happen to be 660mm wide (with a 50mm rise), and can be seen pictured here:


You should be able to try out a basic alloy MTB bar for something like $25. If it works for you and then wanted to go all out on a bar in a more exotic material but with the same physical specs you still could, right? And, yes, OK so you'll need new brakes too. I get that. If you want to stay with drops it looks like the widest out there is this Nitto RM-3 at 580mm.

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