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Thread: Handlebars

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    So my bike is like two months old and it is a 2010 Scott Aspect 55. Entry level bike but LOVE the frame. I am upgrading it as i go to be a better bike. Right now I am looking at handlebars for my serious trail riding.
    I was looking at the Easton Monkey Bars or Easton Havoc. Just confused wondering what you have and your feed back. Looking for serious downhill bars under $100 that can take a beating. Not sure about the rise, sweep, etc. Please help!!!

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    Have your current bars done something to make you nervous about their durability?

    If they're truly not up to the task, you'll most likely get some warning signs before you actually push them to failure.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    what are you looking for over the stock bars, more rise, more width, more sweep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72 View Post
    what are you looking for over the stock bars, more rise, more width, more sweep?
    yes to all of those. my current ones are generic stock that have 20mm rise and not sure about sweep and i think they are like 25".

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