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    im curious how big yours is..............

    just measured my handlebars on my Cannondale SL4, and they are a whopping 690mm. i like it sometimes, but when im tearing around they feel very stable, just far too wide. i usually ride trails and nature walks etc, anyways im thinking of cutting them down but dont wanna take too much off so was looking at possibbly 30mm each side and see how that feels.
    how wide are your bars ?

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    690mm for my Cobia, 580mm for the F9 (total mistake, as I have a longer stem on the F9 that came form the Cobia). I rode a Rumblefish that had 710mm wide bars, so 690 did not feel wide for me after that.

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    I have 710mm Easton Haven bars on my single speed with Ergon GP-2 grips with bar ends and love them!

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    675 mm inside the bar ends on my Salsa. I'm used to close to 800 mm width bars on both the dirt bikes, so 675 on the mtn bike feels just right.
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    685mm

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    685mm on my commuter, 700mm on my trail bike, 735mm on my fun bike. I was late in adopting wider bars since my old ones refused to die, but once I did I really liked them.

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    800 on both my FS and hardtail. Thought I would cut them down, but I like them right where they are. I ride desert singletrack and slickrock so getting in between trees is not a problem I encounter.

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    ^yep. I ride 760 Specialized alloy flat bars. I find the span perfect. nothing wrong with a wide bar, especially if it fits your wide shoulders.

    Problem is no one really makes 50cm drop bars.

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    wow, im honestly shocked, i thought mine were big.

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    Re: im curious how big yours is..............

    725 rf atlas am currently but I want to try some 780s just to see.
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    610 mm (24") on all my bikes (and those are wide compared to some guys I race with). The big bars are ridiculous, in my opinion, because it makes the handling sluggish and makes it far for difficult to get leverage on the bars when climbing... not to mention the danger they cause when threading trees on tight single track. I can't even count the number of times guys I ride with crash because they catch their big bars on trees. They eventually wise up and cut their bars down.
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    My shoulders are 47cm C-C. I'm running a 100mm stem on the 760mm bar If you look at my on bike fit, It's actually near perfect fit. Which is pretty far from ridiculous. I'd like it if I could comfortably ride narrower bars, but the cockpit geometry would be terrible and unsafe if I tried. the last bars I rode were 620, and 660 before that.

    Different strokes for different folks, Is what I'm saying.

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    700mm with 25mm rise. Had slightly narrower bars but I was hanging my hands off the sides and it was not exactly comfortable.
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    780mm fits me perfectly.
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    750mm on my 5.Spot. My Mojo HDR will come with a 740mm when it gets here, and a 680mm on my F29. The 680 feels too narrow now and I feel I could go wider than 750 so I think I might try a 780 on the HDR and put the 740 on the F29. That's with a 50mm stem on the 5.Spot and the HDR, and a 90mm on the F29, which is the shortest you can put on a Lefty apparently.

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    780's on the Freeride/AM Bike, and 680's on the dirt jumper.

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    Rather then cutting yours to see how they feel, just move your controls/grips in, and try a ride or two with them in the "narrow" position.

    You wont get the extra clearance, but at least you can see if you can live with the handling. If you hate it you dont need to purchase new bars.

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    I have anywhere from 660mm to 710mm. I have caught the 710's on a few trees and almost busted a knuckle, but for the other 99.999% of the time they are perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentP View Post
    610 mm (24") on all my bikes (and those are wide compared to some guys I race with). The big bars are ridiculous, in my opinion, because it makes the handling sluggish and makes it far for difficult to get leverage on the bars when climbing... not to mention the danger they cause when threading trees on tight single track. I can't even count the number of times guys I ride with crash because they catch their big bars on trees. They eventually wise up and cut their bars down.

    Come on out of the 90's man its awesome over here.
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    740 on my 5" FS and wouldn't go back! way better control and breathing for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    Rather then cutting yours to see how they feel, just move your controls/grips in, and try a ride or two with them in the "narrow" position.

    You wont get the extra clearance, but at least you can see if you can live with the handling. If you hate it you dont need to purchase new bars.
    This ^^^ highly reccomended, don't go by what others are telling you feels better for them. The width of the bars are part of the personal fit of a bike. Once you cut them you can't go back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrentP View Post
    610 mm (24") on all my bikes (and those are wide compared to some guys I race with). The big bars are ridiculous, in my opinion, because it makes the handling sluggish and makes it far for difficult to get leverage on the bars when climbing... not to mention the danger they cause when threading trees on tight single track. I can't even count the number of times guys I ride with crash because they catch their big bars on trees. They eventually wise up and cut their bars down.
    +1 I've actually developed a phobia of riding due to my wide bars clipping trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodyknee View Post
    +1 I've actually developed a phobia of riding due to my wide bars clipping trees.
    Learn to weave the bike through the trees and it won't be an issue. I grew up racing hare scrambles (think XC/trail on motorcycles). When we cut our trails we had a "shoulder width" rule of thumb. Basically, the trail just needed to be wide enough to get your shoulders through, it was up to the riders to figure out how to get their bikes through at speed. I can assure you it's harder to get a motorcycle through than a MTB.
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    710 for me, 725 for my wife

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazee horse View Post
    wow, im honestly shocked, i thought mine were big.
    Nope, and girth has increased as well!

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    You guys and your little tiny bars. Mine are 810 mm Kore's with Ergon GP5 bar end grips, so they come out to 830 mm wide.
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    im curious how big yours is..............

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    750 Kash Money on the Carve, and 760 Hart's on the Stumpy FSR, both have been trimmed a bit, and might get trimmed more, but they are working very well so far....

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    LMAO Yeah, 690 would have been wide for me too about 2 years ago before I wised up and moved to shorter stems and wider bars. Currently my bikes have 785mm on the FS, 760mm on the rigid, 800mm on the commuter and have a spare 750mm and 740mm bar, stem length has gone down 30-40mm.

    As to those who say In my neck of the woods you either wise up and cut your bars or fall clipping trees" learn to throw the bike around, it's not an issue and we have some seriously tight trees, vines etc here too. As to they make a bike handle slower, that all depends on the stem/bar combo you're using and the bikes HTA - you can use a combo of narrower bar and longer stem or wider bar and shorter stem to reach the same effective cockpit, but the bike will handle completely different with these varying setups.
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    Been running 71cm for the last 2 seasons. Huge improvement over the 62cm that came with the bike. Stem length has gone 40mm from 80mm too. Steering is anything but sluggish (xc HTA), leverage when climbing is improved, downhill control is improved and only had tree clearance issues during the first couple of rides. As I'm small the most I'd go is probably 740, some spec 72cm flatbars felt ideal though. I can feel the loss in control in anything smaller than 68cm.

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    685mm before. with ESI chunky grips 710mm

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