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Old 11-23-08, 06:42 AM
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Need help with handlebar and stem??

Need help in figuring out which handlebar and stem to go with on my Stumpjumper ht.
Currently it has a flat bar that I just canít take due to neck pain. I want to bring the bar up and back but not to the place where it goofs up how the bike handles. Looked at Easton Riser bars. They are offered in low = 20 mm rise, medium = 30 mm, and high = 40 mm. Then can go to stems to get adtl adjustment.
What combination of bar and stem would you recommend.
Secondly, with having neck issues would you recommend a carbon bar over the aluminum?
Thanks
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I think Easton makes a great bar. The sweep feels very natural. I've got an EA70 HiRise that I've used on my HooKooEKoo all the way up to my new Komodo. I've had it on a 105x6 stem all the way down to 50x0'...I prefer the short one.
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Originally Posted by Mattyd338 View Post
Need help in figuring out which handlebar and stem to go with on my Stumpjumper ht.
Currently it has a flat bar that I just can’t take due to neck pain. I want to bring the bar up and back but not to the place where it goofs up how the bike handles. Looked at Easton Riser bars. They are offered in low = 20 mm rise, medium = 30 mm, and high = 40 mm. Then can go to stems to get adtl adjustment.
What combination of bar and stem would you recommend.
Secondly, with having neck issues would you recommend a carbon bar over the aluminum?
Thanks
bars:

everyone is going to have a different opinion on this, buit i will throw mine in too.

i just bought the new race face next sl 3/4 and i like it a lot. 660mm width, one of the lightest in this category, very subtle rise...in general, i think a sharp looking bar.

i think you would like either the easton monkeys or race faces with conservative rises/bends.

stems:

you might want to experiment with a couple cheap ones, loaners from shops, used off ebay, etc and find a dimension you like. then get a nice one if you want.

you cannot go by what anyone writes on here about stems because it depends on your body and the bike and all the set-up of bike to fit you. i have a 90 mm stem with 8 deg rise....but so what. if you are looking for somewhat of a middle ground with regards to handling, probably stay within 70 - 100 mm for length.

what length do you have now? possibly if you have a long stem and you can shorten it a little and rotate bars slightly rearward and move your seat forward a little you can allow your upper back/ neck musculature to relax a little. i am guessing maybe you are reaching a lot in a shoulder protracted position which will affect a ton of these muscles

neck issue:

material of bar will not help or hurt your neck.

however, the stem length or angle could offer some relief. you should seek some PT if it is bothering you. they can maybe teach you some exercises and go over work ergonomics or something. you could very well use ROM and strength training of the shoulder girdle region and neck. and i am so sick of hearing about it, but core strength too

mx

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