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Whats your ideal length of handle bar? 730mm,780mm, or 800mm & why?

Old 05-30-18, 10:47 AM
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Whats your ideal length of handle bar? 730mm,780mm, or 800mm & why?

I use 780mm for a easy maneuver in trails..
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Old 05-30-18, 10:54 AM
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42 cm because it's a tiny bit narrower than my shoulders
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Old 05-30-18, 11:10 AM
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I assume you're talking MTB? The only flat bars I have are 740mm, and honestly they're a bit too wide.

I'm also in the 42 category for road. Both for purposes of shoulder width, nothing else.
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Old 05-30-18, 11:19 AM
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FWIW, the split (to pack in a suitcase) MTB bar on my Bike Friday Tikit,
is 54cm..
You can chose your own ideal Y/N?

Bull Moose Bar on my winter bike , an old MTB was cut down narrower,
took about an inch from each end..

( inconvenient to measure it for you, now )






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Old 05-30-18, 11:25 AM
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44cm on the road bike, and however wide my Race Face replacement bars are out of the box on the mtn bike. I like em wide riding in the desert.
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Old 05-31-18, 05:40 AM
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I have narrow shoulders. Widest bar I have is 60cm riser on mountain bike and my three other bikes have 38-40cm bullhorn bars.
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Old 05-31-18, 08:15 AM
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As needed for shoulder widths, everyone is different.
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Old 05-31-18, 08:46 AM
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620mm so just enough room for bar ends and drops, comfortable and bike still fits on passenger seat when bikes folded.
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Old 05-31-18, 09:11 AM
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I assume you are asking about MTB....

750mm right now.

Over the past 20 years my bars went incrementally from 560mm to 750mm. Every time I thought “this is as wide as I could possibly want”..... until I tried something wider. I tried an 800 and it really did feel too wide for what I am doing. Might try 760-780 some time.

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Old 05-31-18, 10:42 AM
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I don't know what width they are on my hybrids or MTB, but I prefer a wide handlebar for a few reasons. 1) I don't like feeling cramped, 2) I'm not concerned with aerodynamics, and 3) I'm not obsessive over the weight of my bikes.

I can always use a close grip if I choose.
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Old 05-31-18, 11:32 AM
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Never liked real wide handlebars. I used to cut about 1 1/2 inches off of my straight handlebars. I have always avoided riser mountain bike bars because they are always a little wider when I'm looking for narrower.

Conversely, with road bike style bars, I tend to like wider versions.
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38cm. I pull straight bars off bikes for drops.
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I run bars approx 670 mm on my gravel bike.
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The modern trend for long bars is a trend I hate (along with many other trends like wheel sizes). In the 90's most bars were less than 600mm wide. With all the standards today, it's as if the industry tries to make bikes so they will suck in tight, twisty singletrack. A 29er with 800mm bars? You have to be kidding me.
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Old 06-01-18, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
The modern trend for long bars is a trend I hate (along with many other trends like wheel sizes). In the 90's most bars were less than 600mm wide. With all the standards today, it's as if the industry tries to make bikes so they will suck in tight, twisty singletrack. A 29er with 800mm bars? You have to be kidding me.
If I ever crave 1990s mtb geo and handeling, I just grab my road bike.

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420mm on my road bike, 520 on my urban bike, 550 on my MTB. I like narrow (for modern standards) handlebars.
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Old 06-02-18, 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post


If I ever crave 1990s mtb geo and handeling, I just grab my road bike.

Ah, the new generation
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I don’t think I’ve found bars yet that’s are too wide. Everything here is on a grade and wide bars are such an asset. I wish I had realized how helpful wide bars can be years ago. I’m thinking of throwing some 750+ bars on my road bike now.
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Some of the MTB bars I have seen are ridiculously and unnaturally wide. I can't remember what mine are. Seems like 650 or so. I have no idea what I would do with the extra width if I had it.
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Old 06-03-18, 07:49 AM
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My Sirrus is 580, couldn't imagine going any wider.
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I thought metal MTB bars were made extremely wide on purpose, so they could be trimmed down by each rider to their preferred length. My roadie bars are 44CM drops, my UAV ("Urban Assault Vehicle") is a converted rigid MTB with flat bars trimmed to 58cm, and my credit card tourer has 46cm drops (a little better handling with a front load).
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Old 06-03-18, 02:00 PM
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Some of the MTB bars I have seen are ridiculously and unnaturally wide. I can't remember what mine are. Seems like 650 or so. I have no idea what I would do with the extra width if I had it.
How is any bar width more or less “natural”?

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Old 06-03-18, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Ah, the new generation
Yeah, I’m one of those crazy 50-somethings that actually tries something from this century before expressing a strong opinion about it.
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