Making some much needed upgrades on my Karate Monkey and I am hoping to get some feedback on bar width. I am currently running a 580mm wide Answer Hyperlite with a ~5* bend on a 90mm Thompson stem with a 10* rise. I ride pretty aggressively and I'm looking for something to provide more stability while descending and more leverage on the climb up. I am almost positive that I want to keep the bar flat, though mostly because I can't think of a good reason to get a riser bar. I've been looking at bars in the 680-750mm width, but I haven't bit on anything as I will have to change my stem as well and I don't want to spend the money until I have a good idea of how I should change my stem length if I am getting a significantly wider bar.
On a rigid singlespeed, what bar widths are you guys running? Does the wide bar improve control or is it just a bunch of hype that I should ignore? Any thoughts on how to make the conversion from narrow and long to wide and short?
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