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    Do one-degree differences in bar sweep matter?

    My current handlebar is 9* bend, 5* rise. I'm considering a bar that's 8* bend, 4* rise. Is that a difference I'm likely to notice and/or care about?

    (If it matters to my question, the old bar is alloy and 750 mm wide. The new bar is carbon and 785.)

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    You'll notice more in the bend than the rise.

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    Pay close attention to how your palms rest on the bar while you're riding. Rolling that 9/5 degree compound angle around will make a huge difference in comfort. The new bar that you're considering is wider but less angle than what you're currently on. Technically, when you go wider the back sweep should increase so that your hands rest on the bars the same. If you roll your 9's all around and find that your palms still are heavy on the outside, then wider and less angle may be just what you need.

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    Thanks, helpful responses. Sounds like 1* matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldManBike View Post
    Thanks, helpful responses. Sounds like 1* matters.
    It can. If you're thinking new bars because you don't seem to fit well on yours, move them around, experiment. Check with your local bike shop, see if you can demo some other bars in the width/sweep that you're thinking about.

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