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    After tonight I took the narrow bars off. When I had to correct from sliding I overcorrected with the narrow bars. Maybe it was just because it was dark and I haven't been on my bike in awhile, but I'm going to try the wider bars. I put my salsa bars on that are 25 inches wide. So I went from a 22 3/4 inch bar to a 22 and now a 25. We will see how these work. I just think my handling skills were off tonight, but I've been wanting to try the wide bars again anyways and now is the best time to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    After tonight I took the narrow bars off. When I had to correct from sliding I overcorrected with the narrow bars. Maybe it was just because it was dark and I haven't been on my bike in awhile, but I'm going to try the wider bars. I put my salsa bars on that are 25 inches wide. So I went from a 22 3/4 inch bar to a 22 and now a 25. We will see how these work. I just think my handling skills were off tonight, but I've been wanting to try the wide bars again anyways and now is the best time to do that.
    25" is still pretty narrow. I have 720mm on one bike and 660 on another. When I ride the one with the 660s it feels very narrow. My 720s are perfect for me.
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    10deg flat Ritchey Comp, 660mm wide, Easton Haven 100mm flat stem. I know a lot prefer wider, but for me it's perfect. Maybe its the old-school in me when bars were way narrow in the late 90s.


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    breckenridge, nice classic Dragon, to go with the classic width!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGK View Post
    Tried finding a bar thread, didn't look to hard but didn't see one.

    Anyways what kinda bars you riding on your 29er, and for what style of riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    25" is still pretty narrow. I have 720mm on one bike and 660 on another. When I ride the one with the 660s it feels very narrow. My 720s are perfect for me.
    635mm from 560mm is a lot wider for me, but I'm still not close to any of those guys running 800mm... I have another 690mm bar that I may try, but I think I will be happy here. I have a lot of narrow places and I get extremely close to some trees. If I wear a camelbak it will hit a hit in this one spot every time I go past it. I clipped a tree and had a partial tear on my A/C joint in my shoulder, but that was my own fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    After tonight I took the narrow bars off. When I had to correct from sliding I overcorrected with the narrow bars. Maybe it was just because it was dark and I haven't been on my bike in awhile, but I'm going to try the wider bars. I put my salsa bars on that are 25 inches wide. So I went from a 22 3/4 inch bar to a 22 and now a 25. We will see how these work. I just think my handling skills were off tonight, but I've been wanting to try the wide bars again anyways and now is the best time to do that.
    Interesting comment about handling and overcorrection. Also the comment (by somebody else) about lung capacity was something I haven't thought of.

    Seems quite some range here. 25inch is 635mm and somebody else said 800mm is ideal.

    I'm actually considering cutting off at least half an inch each end on my new 29er, so if stock is 700mm, it would be 675mm for me.

    I wonder if rider's arm-shoulder-torso proportions got more to do with it than skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solidass View Post
    Interesting comment about handling and overcorrection. Also the comment (by somebody else) about lung capacity was something I haven't thought of.

    Seems quite some range here. 25inch is 635mm and somebody else said 800mm is ideal.

    I'm actually considering cutting off at least half an inch each end on my new 29er, so if stock is 700mm, it would be 675mm for me.

    I wonder if rider's arm-shoulder-torso proportions got more to do with it than skill.
    Your body proportions will certainly impact what width bar will feel best for you, also the level of sweep and rise that the bars have. As bars get wider than your shoulders, they need to have increasingly more sweep to have your hands contact them the same as they would a flat bar at shoulder width. What feels best to you will depend, but a weird bar width/sweep for your body can cause ulnar nerve pinching and numb fingers.

    Wider bars give you better leverage to muscle around obstacles, but can be a genuine risk in tighter trails - trees etc. In the end its what feels best to you - try riding with your grips and controls shifted inwards for a while before cutting them and see how it feels.

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    Trying a DH stem and a riser bar in an attempt to shorten the cockpit a little on my Stache. Both are cheap ebay finds. I may get a better bar if I decide I like this setup. I find my self really liking the solid feel of the DH stem. I know the green doesn't match. Don't really care.





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    50mm worth of spacers? Seems a tad high no. Slap that stem!

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