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Old 09-30-06, 06:29 PM   #1
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hey riser bar fans...

what's the difference between a 1" rise and a 2" rise? Seems like the 1" would feel more natural and not as upright as the 2", but for ultimate comfort, maybe you want the 2"?

Some advantages/disadvantages of both please..?
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Old 09-30-06, 06:46 PM   #2
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i would go with the one inch. and if you can, get oversize risers...and keep them a little wide. I used to HATE risers, until like last week...i chopped like 1 1/4" off each end of some oversize race face risers with not that much rise...very comfy. but yeah, if this is your first time with flat/risers...leave them a little longer than you'd think you'd like.
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Old 09-30-06, 06:49 PM   #3
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measure twice, cut once.
I'm running 1 1/2" risers. If you get AL bars, pick up a pipe cutter ($5-6 at any hardware store). Makes a nice clean cut with almost no work.
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That's like asking what the difference is between a 90mm and 100mm stem. The better one is whatever one gives you the bike fit you are looking for. What are you switching from?
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Old 10-02-06, 01:31 AM   #5
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im switching from bullhorns on a 90mm stem with a slightly small frame. my new frame is bigger and fits more snug. im thinking about running another 90mm stem with the risers. i guess i really need to do a trial and error and try different combinations until i find a comfortable one..
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I would go with less rise and leave yourself some room to raise or lower the stem as needed. Bullhorns are a lot more forgiving in the height department.
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i would try and find 1 and 1/2 they're perfect for me. but then again my girlfriend loves her 1". its all personal preference/trial and error
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Easton EA30 from JensonUSA are the deal right now.
1", 1.5", and 2" rise.
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I'm a fan of the 1" rise, but it really should be up to your preference. I also really like flat bars, you can cut them down to nothing. Definatly makes splitting lanes in tight traffic more managable.
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super narrow is the worst, the worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'm a fan of the 1" rise, but it really should be up to your preference. I also really like flat bars, you can cut them down to nothing. Definatly makes splitting lanes in tight traffic more managable.
until you hit a grate or something and you lose control.
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bah, flats.
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Hey, does anyone run 1" rise with an inline brake lever? I'm thinking of trying it out.
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Hey, does anyone run 1" rise with an inline brake lever? I'm thinking of trying it out.
You will probably have to have some kind of shim for the lever. I ended up getting a cheap mtb lever. Works much better.
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until you hit a grate or something and you lose control.
I've come to the conclusion that I'm not a big-city messenger, and I'll never understand the crazy **** they need to do to get their jobs done. I'm perfectly content with my 48cm ergo drops, which probably look like cruiser bars to most.
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I've come to the conclusion that I'm not a big-city messenger, and I'll never understand the crazy **** they need to do to get their jobs done. I'm perfectly content with my 48cm ergo drops, which probably look like cruiser bars to most.
Yeah. I have wide ergo drops and levers standing by for when I get sick of the riser thing.
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Risers are a ton of fun to ride with, but I can only take them for so long because of the lack of hand positions.
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Currently I'm rockin' flip and chop bullhorns, but I'm looking for alternatives to switch in and out without having to change the brake lever each time.

Here is the brake lever I am rocking, the pic is my old bike. I am basically concerned with it a) not fitting at all or b) fitting but not being tight enough and just flopping around. Let me know if anyone has any experience... And marque, what type of mtb levers do you run?
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I had to use a shim with my Salsa Cross lever. I had something left over from an old light which worked perfectly.
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Currently I'm rockin' flip and chop bullhorns, but I'm looking for alternatives to switch in and out without having to change the brake lever each time.

Here is the brake lever I am rocking, the pic is my old bike. I am basically concerned with it a) not fitting at all or b) fitting but not being tight enough and just flopping around. Let me know if anyone has any experience... And marque, what type of mtb levers do you run?
Yeah. I tried using a cross lever like that on my risers. The fit was not good. I'm not sure what brand the MTB lever I got is. I got it out of one of the bins at Recycled Cycles. It's nothing special. It was only a few bucks for the lever, cable, and housing. I'm much more comfortable running this lever than the cross lever which, even when shimmed, didn't hold onto the bar very well.
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Aight, rock on. Thanks!
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Aight, rock on. Thanks!
I guess I should add that my risers are chopped and mounting the cross lever near the bend was tough. If you are going with non-chopped risers or less chopped than mine you might find mounting a cross lever with a shim works fine. It's worth a try before dropping $ on a new lever anyway.
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Yeah, I don't plan on chopping them much less than 38cm. I will definitely try it before buying a new lever, but if I need to, it's not biggie. I was just going to put some big cheese grips on so hopefully there would be room. Thanks.
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Does anybody know what the clamp diameter of the $20 Nashbar risers is? Sorry to hijack.
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mtb bars are 25.4 unless they say oversized in which case they are 31.8
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