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    alternative handlebar on AM bikes

    Just out of curiosity, who's riding thoses alternative Handlebar on their AM/trail bike?.
    we see them on almost every other type of bikes except AM and DH

    I'm talking about bars with more sweep like, groovy luv handles, titec hbars, one one mary bar etc...

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    I'm glad we see them on almost every other type of bikes except AM and DH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtec View Post
    I'm glad we see them on almost every other type of bikes except AM and DH.
    Indeed.

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    Yeah they are comfortable and pretty cool, the problem is most alternative bars are at least twice the weight. Last thing I want to do is replacing my 200g riser to an almost 500g H-bar regardless of how comfortable it may feel. I'd eat 100g but that's about it.

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    I've caught a handlebar in the ribs enough times to know that crashing on an H bar wouldn't be pleasant.

    Plus they're silly.
    Gotta get up to get down.
    LMB

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    I've really enjoyed some of the alt bars I've tried on XC bikes, but the two reasons I didn't like them for more aggressive riding are

    a) Most just aren't very wide. Different hand positions can give you a feeling of more control but that doesn't make up for leverage when you're trying to keep the front end tracking straight through ruts, rock gardens, etc

    b) Ignoring the first problem as there are wider options, the comfiest setup for these high-sweep bars usually ends up being with them angled down with the ends pointed somewhat in the direction of the rear hub. While that felt comfy and natural to me when I was in the saddle it felt strange when I was standing and when I was dropped back on the bike. That might just be a problem of adjusting to a different setup though. Not really sure there

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    Nice carbon alternative bars from GB

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    I had a pair of on-one mary bars on my singlespeed for a while, and while they are comfortable and fun in the way it feels like your riding a stingray, I found that for technical and aggressive riding they just didn't give me the control and confidence of a traditional/wider bar - for me anyway.

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