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    Bar + Stem for a Prime?

    Looking for some input.

    When I built my Prime last month I threw my traditional bar+stem combo on the front: 70mm stem / 28" bars.

    No surprise, the Prime seems most at home in rough and steep terrain - stuff that I've avoided as too technical in the past I'm now looking forward to - so I'm thinking of moving to a shorter/wider combo.

    Wondering what others are running up front on their Primes?

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    40mm + 700, nice and compact

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    Bar + Stem for a Prime?

    50mm and 760mm low rise.
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    I guess it would also be useful to know how tall you are and your body type.

    I'm 6'2", but pretty slim of shoulder and so on

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    Bar + Stem for a Prime?

    6'3" but long torso, 33" inseam. Broadish. Riding a L (preproduction, so slightly longer front triangle IIRC).
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    Slammed 50mm stem with 760mm lo-rise bars on both my mtbs (5'-9" on a medium prime).

    Haven't had any interest in longer stems or narrower bars since going 50/760 many years ago. My take on it is, bar/stem length are primarily a bike-handing consideration rather than a fit consideration. And fit issues are sometimes better solved through core-strength building rather than equipment selection. I'm not the fittest rider but I'll work harder on fitness before putting a longer stem or narrower bars on my bikes... cause walking downhill sucks more than walking uphill.

    I always remember the 6'-3" dude pedaling up to khyber pass on a medium bullit with a 888.... and a 7 samurais tshirt. Lesson learned there!

    I used to lean on my bars.... now my thighs hold me upright

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    ^ wisdom
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    50mm and 760mm low rise.
    I'm on similar - 50mm Thomson and 760mm Sunline flat bar on an XL Prime (I'm 6ft5 so long everywhere...)

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    Low as she goes 50mm with 800mm.

    Feels good.

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    Large Prime, 70 mm stem and a 710 bar.

    Easton Haven bar and stem.

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    I'm 5'10" on a medium Prime with a 50mm stem and 750mm bars.

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    XL Prime, 6' 3"ish, 760 RF SixC bars, 60mm Chromag stem.

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    6'0" on a medium, 65mm stem, 750mm Havocs. Had a 50mm on when I first built the bike, it felt short. Now that I'm pretty well accustomed, I may try the 50 again

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