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    I originally started out with a set of 580mm flat bars and went up to a 660mm wide flat bar. And I will tell you it makes a big difference in the handling and control. Leverage is the key here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    Just curious what length stems you running?
    100mm on the 26er (but just ordered a 90mm). I'm not sure about my 29er, it's been in the shop since almost day one but guess it's a 90mm as well.

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    90mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepDave View Post
    Wow you must have some tight trails. I'm running a 745 and I run on the narrow side for this area.
    Yeah, some of the trails around here get a little narrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by thorkild View Post
    Stop being a jerk. The vast majority of bars out there are sold in mm, not inch specs.

    To the OP, 685-730mm is probably the most common range for bar widths these days. I prefer wide bars--710-780


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    Going to a 720 on my 26" and currently running a 750 on my 29er.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Currently at 720mm wide on mine. 50mm stem

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    Don't forget to up your shoe size when you get a 29er, too. =D

    Seriously, there's plenty bad advice in this thread. Some good, too.... just sayin'.

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    There's a nice vid at Pink Pike's Tech Tuesday - 'How Wide Affects Your Ride'
    Can't give link as my post count is not high enough
    It may help ...?

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    It's only natural to put a 29" (~740mm) bar on a 29er.

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    Smile 29er wider bars advantage

    Quote Originally Posted by edle View Post
    What is the common 29er handlebar width ???
    Does it difference than 26er handlebar width ??? Why ?
    Not sure in all the post if any one gave pro and cons to wider bars for 29er.

    I only been on 29er for 3 years and got a wider salsa bar on my first 29er. I hit alot of trees with the tight trails we have in central pa (michaux, rothrock, bald eagle, and weiser forest). I kept my bars that came on my santa cruz tallboy 2013 (685 on new bike but had 710 on old bike).

    The advantage i saw was wider opens up your upper buddy. Meaning it harder to lift the front wheel on 29er than 26 bike (yeah I know some of you young guys it no difference ). It also easier to move the bike and take some better controls on hits. Make sense to me if I ride wide open trails like raystown system up huntingdon.

    I figure it like lifting weight do you put you hand in close when you dead lift or do you keep them out farther. i know for single speeder bikes they make riding easier (meaning hard tail forks on front not suspension). I'm running 685 but will never go back to the old 640 length (the old 23 to 24.5"). I like it easier to steer the bike, but the drawl back is the tight tails when I scrape the trees (keep hands in 1" when riding through tight tails so end caps hit the trees).

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    It's all about leverage and the wider the bars the better the leverage. After stuffing the front end twice during a race I'll never go back to he narrow bars. Had I had the wider bars I would have had the leverage to pull my way out of the situation. But thats me , I have several friends that swear by the narrow bars.

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    I hadn't given much thought to it, but after reading the replies, I think leverage has a role in preference for wider bar in 29er. I used to have 660mm on a 26er (and felt comfortable), but I found myself going after 710mm or wider for my 29er.
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    When I went to wider bars and a shorter stem, it was an amazing difference. The bike handles much, much better in all situations. I would never go less than 720mm bars or more than a 70mm stem now, because of the way this bike handles when I went there. I ride really tight trails too, but you get used to it quickly and the handling advantage is well worth it for me.

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    Shoot, do it like the fixie fan boys.



    If you have room for brakes and shifters, you are doing it wrong.

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    Great advices so far.....

    I think I'm going for the short stem/wider handlebar option.

    Thanks again.

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    It's all about your preference and ergonomics.
    I like to hug trees at FULL SPEED!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    It's all about your preference and ergonomics.
    It's also about LOOKING cool too!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    It's also about LOOKING cool too!!!


    You can look cool with wide handlebars or stubby handlebars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post


    You can look cool with wide handlebars or stubby handlebars.
    I think you mean low rise or higher rise bars! lol

    Nice pic, Brings back memories!
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    I have always found... shoulder blade width + 2 inches, to be the most comfortable fitting bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    It's also about LOOKING cool too!!!

    Well, if you want to look cool, then the ape hangers will get the job done.


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    I'm running 80mm stem and super wide bars, love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Well, if you want to look cool, then the ape hangers will get the job done.

    That's pretty cool, but it could use a dropper post for the gnar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    That's pretty cool, but it could use a dropper post for the gnar!
    Looks pretty dropped to me.

    P.S. This is the 29er forum... senator, that's no 29er.

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    How wide you want your bars is something that you decide for yourself.

    I mean rly if you want my opinion you should run 10" wide bars on a 29er and 30" on any other bike (besides a beach cruiser, then i recommend 25.45" wide bars.

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