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    Handlebar Height

    I read that bikes are moving to a setup with handlebars higher than in the past.

    1) Is your handlebar height above, level, or below the saddle?

    2) If above or below the saddle what is the height distance difference when compared to the saddle height? +1" or -1", etc.

    3) Type of bike? AM, XC, DH, etc.

    4) Recreational Rider or Racer?

    5) Age?

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    6. Are you doing market research or just want to be like everyone else?
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    Mine is about level using a -5 degree stem with no spacers, and a low 15 mm rise bar. I'd prefer a flat bar but mine (Ritchey carbon WCS) was too expensive to swap it out, and I can't really use a more negative stem or I would get a ticket from the fashion police.

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    even, trail rider, 40, rec rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    6. Are you doing market research or just want to be like everyone else?
    I recently read that the trend is towards higher handlebars. Is it true? Does age play a role?

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    opposite, its lower handle bars, but everyone is different. Different handle bar heights for different handling characterstics geared towards different types of riding, bike usage/setup, and different body types. Get off internet and go experiment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody View Post
    opposite, its lower handle bars, but everyone is different. Different handle bar heights for different handling characterstics geared towards different types of riding, bike usage/setup, and different body types. Get off internet and go experiment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody View Post
    Get off internet and go experiment
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    I'm really tall, ride with my bars a few inches below my saddle but if they're any higher I feel like I'm going to loop out. I think they're ~3.5" below my saddle when I'm sagged in but I'm 6'9" with monkey arms. Hasnt kept my from being able to descend anything.

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    Excerpt from page 34 of Mastering Mountain Bike Skills

    Handlebar placement in general, even on race bikes, is getting higher than in the past. Bikes just tend to handle better that way.

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    Back in the day, when bikes were mostly hard tails and MBA was the authority on all things related to mountain biking
    They used to recommend the handlebars be 2" below the seat height. So, since those days, I would say that yes, more people are riding with the bars higher than that now.

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    The copyright on this edition of the book is 2010. Pretty recent information. The AM setup shows the handlebars higher than the saddle and that is new to me.

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    With trail bikes getting slacker head tube angles, bars are getting wider and stems are shorter. That being said it puts you in a aggressive position that works really well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    ..the trend is...
    trends are stupid and those who follow them are even more so. go ride your bike and enjoy yourself and stop worrying about what someone else is doing...


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    What is with all the negativity?

    Sharing this type of information with other passionate riders is one of the big benefits of a forum like mtbr. If some riders have found that a higher handlebar setup performs better I would like to hear about it.

    As far as getting off the internet goes, I ride about 100 miles per week. Wish it was more but I've got other stuff that takes me away from the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    What is with all the negativity?

    Sharing this type of information with other passionate riders is one of the big benefits of a forum like mtbr. If some riders have found that a higher handlebar setup performs better I would like to hear about it.

    As far as getting off the internet goes, I ride about 100 miles per week. Wish it was more but I've got other stuff that takes me away from the trails.
    1) Is your handlebar height above, level, or below the saddle?
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    2) If above or below the saddle what is the height distance difference when compared to the saddle height? +1" or -1", etc.
    -1.5"

    3) Type of bike? AM, XC, DH, etc.
    XC Singlespeed & Geared Hard tail

    4) Recreational Rider or Racer?
    In between. Should be racing, but instead just ride fast and a lot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    The copyright on this edition of the book is 2010. Pretty recent information. The AM setup shows the handlebars higher than the saddle and that is new to me.
    What really matters is the bar height above the BB. That does not change when you lower the saddle, as is commonly done on AM bikes. Lower the saddle and the bars look higher.

    I have not changed my basic (off road) bar height in 25 years.
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    My bars are about 3.5" below the saddle.
    XC, hardtail, race bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    What really matters is the bar height above the BB.
    Good point. Can it be related to stack and reach to figure out what you need for stem length and rise for any bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Good point. Can it be related to stack and reach to figure out what you need for stem length and rise for any bike?




    It's trending that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbogrover View Post
    My bars are about 3.5" below the saddle.
    XC, hardtail, race bike.
    50 yrs old.
    That is impressive.

    My back would be cramping with an aggressive setup like that!

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    Handlebar Height

    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    That is impressive.

    My back would be cramping with an aggressive setup like that!
    You must not be very flexible.

    My grips are even lower (~4.5") below the saddle.
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    Higher causes back pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    My grips are even lower (~4.5") below the saddle.
    Incredible flexibility.

    You've got your trail bike setup like a road bike!

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    Handlebar Height

    Quote Originally Posted by StreamRider View Post
    Incredible flexibility.

    You've got your trail bike setup like a road bike!
    No. My road bike is longer and lower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    No. My road bike is longer and lower.
    Hardcore. What's your torso angle on the road and trail bikes?

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