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Thread: handlebar width

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    huh?
    Reputation: i_am_miguel's Avatar
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    handlebar width

    is there a genral width for xc and am bikes? i've noticed the xc's have narrower ones, but for example a cdale rush has wide bars compared to the devinci remix. both are "AM" on the xc side but the bars are big time different.
    does anyone know of a reccomended width or is it just whatever?

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    I post too much.
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    Close your eyes while standing with your bike under you, put your hands in front of you.

    Let them fall to where they are comfy on the handlebar. Open your eyes and look at where they are. That's what length YOU should have. It's personal preference, there is no set rule.

    Only place a wide handlebar is an advantage is in DH and FR as it gives you more leverage and control over the bike when flying at high speeds though gnarly rock gardens.

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