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    Are your handlebars level or below your seat?

    I guess it depends on the type of riding.

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    I think mine is slightly under, I used to ride with them level but I raised my seat a inch or so to give me a bit better power.
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    I ride xc so my bars are below my seat height
    I used to ride to Win ... Now I ride to Grin

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    mine are more or less level. I believe they are actually slightly below, but the drop is mighty slight.

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    mine are close to level or a bit higher.
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    I don't ride with handle bars. Makes it too easy.

    No seriously. My seat it higher than my bars. I have pretty long legs.
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    At seat level for climbing, and way below seat level for downhill runs. Yes, I do adjust it all the time.

    err... misread question. My bars are at seat level for climbing and far above seat level for downhill runs.
    Last edited by daylight; 08-22-2009 at 08:30 PM.

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    slightly above... more Trail than pure XC though... 27" wide bars 70x0 stem

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    I ride XC; the bars are 2 inches below the seat on the 29er, 3 inches below on the 26er.

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    A little lower, to low and that Camelback
    starts to feel real heavy.

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    My handlebar is higher... Short legs...

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    Lower

    by 2 inches on HT and DS.

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    Bars are about an inch or so lower than the seat on my Dakar XLT. Level, and I lose steering feel; too low, I lose feeling in my hands.
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    Slightly above. I'm kind of short so thats the best way for me to ride

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    Bar a little below seat.
    A high bar makes me feel I am perched high above the bike.

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    Mine were a bit lower. Then I got a road bike and started getting used to that feeling. So I jacked up my MTB seat and now they are a LOT lower.

    Just remember that the "optimum" position will be based on your physiology. I have a long torso and gorilla arms. So it makes a lot of sense that my bars will be lower. Folks with relatively shorter ars (girls for example) will likely run their handlebars higher.

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    Right now they're about 2 cm below the seat. I used to ride them about 5cm lower, but my hands got pretty jacked after a couple hours and I didn't really feel in control on the steep drops.

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    All my bikes have the handlebars about 2-3 inches above the seat. I am shorter as well, 5'6", with my inner leg being 29.5", so my arms are more than likely not so long either. If my bars are any lower my hands tend to go numb within a few miles.

    I also believe the handlebar vs. seat height will be best determined by physiology.

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    My bar is about an inch or 2 below the seat height for trails & XC. I also lower my seat considerably when doing DH.
    I'm thinking about shreddin' it up right now!
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