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    Handlebar Help!

    Yo Guys!

    New to MTBR but I can't get off the site. Finding it to be very helpful/useful. So, I'm hoping you guys can help me out here.

    I'm riding a Cannondale Scalpel w/ a Lefty. Love the bike but the handle bars are too tight for me. Dude at our bike shop recommends some wider flat bars. He wasn't crazy about carbon bars either. I think his reasoning is they are unnecessary expense. All I know for sure is I need some wider bars. Any recommendations on a brand, measurements, or a set up?


    I ride all mountain. The local trails tend to be pretty technical (rocks/roots) but some are a little quicker and I do travel so I'm looking for some good all around bars.

    Thanks!!!

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    im 5'10" and i like 750mm wide bars coupled with sub 50mm stems

    some popular brands are deity, chromag, easton, race face

    Edit: oh and this stuff is all pretty personal. i like a little rise, myslef. i dont like to be too hunched over while going downhill.

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    Awesome. Thanks man! That helps a lot.

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    Check out Renthal, I bough some due to moto backround. Made my bike feel like an all new rig

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    To determine what's the best width for you, you should try this: Handlebar Width: A cool experiment

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    when i look for new components, i look at what bikes i like, come with. example SC Nomads, Tallboys or Blurs, etc. i figure Santa Cruz knows way more than i do

    have a look.. Santa Cruz Bicycles NOMAD
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    I don't know how long you ride for but if its more then a couple hrs I would def look into carbon bars I wrnt riding for 6 hrs the other day at a ski resort and lets just say I can't wait for my carbon bars to come in my arms and hands felt like they were gonna fall off. Carbon has a lot more adv then alum the vibration on alum bars are ridiculous in my opinion. There is a reason the carbon is more expensive

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