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    OK, I have a 2013 felt nine70. the factory handlebars are 680mm wide with a 25mm rise. I know I am replacing the grips this weekend, but I can't decide what to do about the handlebars? Part of me wants to try wider ones and the other part says leave them alone . And I have a buddy telling me I need flat bars like his Scott has. I am looking for any type of input or advice.

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    Everyone will tell you to buy the same width handlebar that they ride. Based on your post maybe you should get a slightly wider bar that you could always trim down to the size you have now if you don't like them. I would stick with the same rise unless you feel like you want them lower.

    670mm works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Everyone will tell you to buy the same width handlebar that they ride.
    This applies to everything from handlebars to shoes and socks; people like what they like and they won't be afraid to recommend it to everyone. Just remember that if you're choosing to replace a part, try to make it because you have a reason to do it. If you want wider bars, do you know why so many people recommend wider bars? Personally I'm running 711mm bars and I'm looking forward to getting some 30" ones. For me (fairly wide shoulders, tall) wide bars are the stuff. For you, only you could know. Rest assured, any large change like bars or stems should be evaluated over a few rides so you can get used to the change before you make any rash decisions like cutting your brand new bars.
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    If your existing bars are comfy - don't drink your buddy's Kool-Aid...
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    I like mine OK, but I hear a lot of people say you get more leverage and control on 29ers with wider bars? I am defiantly interested if so. just not sure what that with is?

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    handlebar HELP

    I changed mine from 680 to 750 and the difference is great. I'd recommend but like everyone else said its what your comfortable with. If you could borrow a mates bar to try, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    If your existing bars are comfy - don't drink your buddy's Kool-Aid...
    And, you shouldn't really "just go wider". Typically going to a wider bar will mean you need to change your stem length at least, and many 'experts' say you really shouldn't go wider than your arms would be when doing a push-up.
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    When I changed my bar I also changed my stem from a 80mm to a 45mm, I find it much better.

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