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Old 05-30-15, 08:48 AM
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Want to try riser bars on my quil stem mtb, would like some advice..

Hey everyone I have a quick question - I was thinking of trying out riser bars on my quill stem equipped mtb, which currently has factory installed flat bars. Will riser bars from a threadless stem my quill stem or will I need to find riser bars specifically for a quill stem?

I'm not doing this to necessarily gain height, btw. Just wanted to experiment a little and see what I like. My other 2 mtbs both have flat bars which I like just fine, but thought I might try something different on this particular bike. Im open to bar suggestions too. I ride mostly on the streets and some light trails - nothing technical. Oh and I ride on thinner street tires on all my bikes - dont use knobbies. Thanks!
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Do the clamp sizes match up? If they do, the bar will fit.

Riser bars tend to be a little bit wider because they have to provide enough space outboard of the riser bend for your shifter, brake lever and handgrip. Consequently, there's a good chance you'll need to install longer cables and housings.
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Make sure your new bar uses the same clamp size as the handlebar clamp of your stem. An old quill style likely has a 25.4mm clamp. Many new bars are 31.8mm. If you are doing this yourself l, keep that in mind. If you are having it done at a shop, just talk to the clerk or mechanic so they can steer you in the right direction. If you have calipers for measuring then you can check for yourself. Otherwise have the shop determine the size first so you don't waste time looking at bars that don't fit. You might need to replace the first run of housing for your cables. You want a graceful curve with no right bends. Additionally, you might find you need to adjust your saddle. The straighter you are, the wider your pelvis is so you might find it more comfortable to sit further back on the wider portion of the saddle.
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Thanks for those replies, and yeah I will be doing the work myself. I'll bear in mind the info and post how eveything works out.
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Some risers' bends are too abrupt to get into some non-removable-faceplate quill stems.

Easton Monkey Lites wouldn't go into one of my quills, so I had to go back to generic steel risers, '
till something better comes along.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
Riser bars tend to be a little bit wider because they have to provide enough space outboard of the riser bend for your shifter, brake lever and handgrip. Consequently, there's a good chance you'll need to install longer cables and housings.
Actually you can get risers in anything from 20" (like Nitto B259) up to way too wide.
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