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    Jun 2008

    Upgrade Bars 4 a noooob

    I am coming down on a GF Cobia 29r for my 20yr upgrade from a ridgid Spec.Rockhopper (1988!!).

    Price and service from a LBS plus the reviews here are selling on this model. Being a noob, the only thing suggested by LBS mechanic was looking at some different bars with some rise as the Cobia comes with flat bars. He mentioned rider comfort and better handling as the prime reason. I'm all for comfort at 6'00"/195 on this 19" frame. Can somebody recommend some good bars? The reviews here show lots of good ones but rise/cm/inches/weight is frying my noob brain!!

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    Old man on a bike
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    Feb 2004
    The primary thing a change in bars is going to do is move your hands to a different position; you might want to ride the current bars to figure out what you might want to change later. A stem with more rise, or more spacers underneath the stem (as long as the fork steerer wasn't cut too short to accommodate) also can raise the height of your hand position as would a riser bar. What may or may not improve the handling more depends on you and your riding style.
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