Alien Surf Team
XC Flat or Riser Bars for Kids?
I think my daughter is 9 and doing fine with flat XC bars. Even though they're not as wide as riser bars they seem proportional to her size. Plus I've changed the stem from straight to one with a rise. I'm wonder what kind of bars other parents have on their kids bikes. Especially if you changed from flat XC bars to wider riser bars. Was there an improvement?
Don't think that the kind of bar or stem is as important as fit. A properlly fitted bike works marvels, specially at that age.
In my case my son wanted a setup similar to mine (riser bar, short stem) so we adjusted the cockpit of his Marlin to look like mine, he runs riser bars with a no rise stem and is just 1" wider than his shoulders making the bike very responsive; he loves the setup. On the bigger bike (DH) he also has a short cockpit but the bar is a 1" longer than the one on the XC bike.
Let her try and decide from there.