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    Bars.

    I was wondering what difference it will have if I go from 30mm rise to 40 or 60mm. What advantages and disadvantages will it have?

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    The taller the bar the more up right your body gets. Flat's or 1" rise are generally more XC type riding & 2" for FR/DH type riding.
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    but is there an advantage to being more upright, or down low? I dont have back problems or anything of that nature..

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    Taller stem will move your center of gravity further back in normal riding position. This can be an advantage on hill climbs, where you need back-wheel pressure to keep traction.

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    Are you comfortable riding the way it is
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    negative, but I was looking to get a new set of bars and was curious what would be different if I get higher rise or lower, right now ive got steel 30 mm rise, was looking to get these, or maybe carbon if I can find them cheap enough.
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/154...-Handlebar.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by evan811
    negative, but I was looking to get a new set of bars and was curious what would be different if I get higher rise or lower, right now ive got steel 30 mm rise, was looking to get these, or maybe carbon if I can find them cheap enough.
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/154...-Handlebar.htm

    My personal preference is a 2in riser 26 1/4 wide with a 80mm stem. My riding is AM/DH. I like the feel of being able to position the body where needed, back for steeps, middle for corners & relaxing & forward to get that extra bite on the front end. Sometimes you just wont know till you try but the simple rule is 2" rise is more aggressive, flat to 1" is more XC keeping the weight forward. Also if you look at the different rises you will notice the 2" bars get wider for better high speed control & 1" is narrower for saving the knuckles from trees.

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    Would it be better to keep the bars and go to a higher degree stem rise, say from a 90 mm / 5 degree to a 90 mm / 10 or 115 degree?

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    Since XC is the lightest duty in Mtn Biking.
    I would think more of an upright position would be advantageous.
    Easier on the back, shoulders, arms and wrists. Not to mention
    easier to enjoy your surroundings’

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    deleteing my studder, the website is flipping out on me with tripple post from 1 click of the mouse...

    hth
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    deleted my studder.

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