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    Idea! Poll: Handlebar Width for Chilcotin

    Hey guys.

    So far I've been riding FSA Gravity Carbon [710mm x 40mm x 3° x 8°] with Thomson X4 stem [45mm x 0°] and I think I'm ready to go wider.
    I'm 5'11" and my Chilcotin is "large" size. I know the handlebar width is much of personal thing but can you throw some data at me?
    I think it could be useful information for many riders.

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    - Handlebar:
    ** width: mm
    ** rise: mm
    ** up sweep: °
    ** back sweep: °
    - Stem length: mm
    - Rider height:
    - Frame size:
    - Riding style:


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    - Handlebar: Chromag Fubar OSX
    ** width: 760mm
    ** rise: 25mm
    ** up sweep: 5°
    ** back sweep: 8°
    - Stem length: 50mm
    - Rider height: 6'
    - Frame size: L
    - Riding style: Awesome


    Remember, wider bars is part of the equation that works inversely proportional to stem length. If you have been riding a 45mm stem and a 710mm bar, you might want to go shorter on the stem when you go wider.

    This Pinkbike Tech Tuesday video really gets into the subject, and you know you love this stuff:
    Tech Tuesday: Handlebars - How Wide Affects Your Ride - Pinkbike

    All that being said, I'm ordering up a JOYSTICK bar to give it a proper thrashing.

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    ** width: 800 mm
    ** rise:35 mm
    ** up sweep:5 °
    ** back sweep:9 °
    - Stem length:60 mm
    - Rider height: 6/3.5
    - Frame size: XL
    - Riding style: AM plus uplift

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    Easton Havoc carbon
    -width: 750mm
    -rise: 20mm
    -up sweep: ?
    -back sweep: ?
    -stem: easton haven...55mm
    -Rider height: 5'8"
    Frame size: M
    -Riding style: mild XC to bike park, but mostly AM

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    - Handlebar: Nukeproof Warhead Riser
    ** width: 760 mm
    ** rise: 20 mm
    ** up sweep: 6°
    ** back sweep: 9°
    - Stem length: 50 mm
    - Rider height: 5'10"
    - Frame size: M
    - Riding style: AM/Enduro

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero View Post
    - Riding style: Awesome
    pics or it didn't happen!
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    - Handlebar: Spank 777 Evo
    ** width: 777mm
    ** rise: 5mm
    ** up sweep: 4°
    ** back sweep: 8°
    - Stem length: 50mm
    - Rider height: 5'8"
    - Frame size: M

    Started with Raceface 785 at first it seems too long, cut it to 750 and find it a bit short. Now on Spank 777
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    Shouldn't shoulder width be more of an influencing factor than height?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck View Post
    Shouldn't shoulder width be more of an influencing factor than height?
    And so should be the arm span but I figured everybody knows height as opposed to aforementioned dimensions.

    Nevertheless, I decided to go with this one:

    - Handlebar: Syntace Vector Carbon High20‏
    ** width: 780mm
    ** rise: 20mm
    ** back sweep: 8°
    - Stem length: 45mm
    - Rider height: 5' 11'
    - Frame size: Large
    - Riding style: Chuck Norris


    If I find it too wide I'll just shorten it. It's rather hard the other way around

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    - Handlebar: RaceFace Respond Riser
    ** width: 740mm
    ** rise: 1 1/2"
    ** up sweep: 4°
    ** back sweep: 9°
    - Stem length: 50mm
    - Rider height: 6'1"
    - Frame size: L

    I like a more laid back riding position, rather than more forward, which is why I went with the 1 1/2 riser.

    I'm surprised by the wide bars listed so far. 800mm! That's wide.
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    - Handlebar: Chromag Fubar OSX
    ** width: 780mm
    ** rise: 25mm
    ** up sweep: 5°
    ** back sweep: 8°
    - Stem length: 50mm
    - Rider height: 5' 11"
    - Frame size: L
    - Riding style: Like I'm being chased by a clown
    Last edited by rscecil007; 09-11-2013 at 05:26 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rscecil007 View Post
    - Riding style: Like I'm being chased by a clown
    LOL! Perfect! I found a new quote.
    "My riding style - like I'm being chased by a clown." - rscecil007

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    Joystick Analog Carbon
    Specs
    Bar Width:725MM
    Rise:20MM
    Bend:8°
    Upsweep:5°
    Weight:217g
    Material:Analog-Carbon

    I don't think there's a name for my riding style: Imagine a slightely drunk monkey on a clown bike.

    I'm 5' 11.5". Had a 711mm Haven bar before this (on my 5 Spot) and I think I would like something wider now as well. 800 seems a bit much but I guess I could cut it down if I didn't like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    And so should be the arm span but I figured everybody knows height as opposed to aforementioned dimensions.

    Nevertheless, I decided to go with this one:

    - Handlebar: Syntace Vector Carbon High20‏
    ** width: 780mm
    ** rise: 20mm
    ** back sweep: 8°
    - Stem length: 45mm
    - Rider height: 5' 11'
    - Frame size: Large
    - Riding style: Chuck Norris


    If I find it too wide I'll just shorten it. It's rather hard the other way around

    Very nice...I'd give it 10 rides before you cut. Very possible it will feel awkward initially, however, every time I go wider I like it. My Chilcotin is 762 (Deity Dirty 30) and my Podium is 787 (Deity Black Label). I'm 6 feet and happy with these widths from trail riding to AM to Freeride and DH. Big B...Go wide bro, it's like going black!
    Last edited by mayha; 09-10-2013 at 06:33 PM.

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    I use a joystick analog carbon like K-Rob too. With a 60mm stem and I'm 5'11". We ride in the woods and I manage to wack my bars, knuckles regularly on trees. If I lived somewhere wide open I'd definitely try wider.

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    - Handlebar: Chromag Fubar OSX
    ** width: 780mm
    ** rise: 25mm
    ** up sweep: 5°
    ** back sweep: 8°
    - Stem length: 50mm
    - Rider height: 6' 2"
    - Frame size: L
    - Riding style: checkers or wreckers

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    Trees!
    That's the reason I chopped with 785RF shorter,
    Now that those trees has been harvested to make some chinese toothpicks,
    777 for me is now just right ;-)
    When trails gets tougher, Just stand up and deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big B View Post
    LOL! Perfect! I found a new quote.
    hahahaha
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    I've used 2 different bars on my Chili:

    RaceFace Sixc
    ** width: 725mm
    ** rise: 19mm
    ** up sweep: 4°
    ** back sweep: 9°
    - Stem length: Various lengths ~45mm was my favorite.
    - Rider height: 5'10"
    - Frame size: Medium
    - Riding style: Nun

    Enve DH
    ** width: 800mm
    ** rise: 23mm
    ** up sweep: 5°
    ** back sweep: 9°
    - Stem length: Various lengths (still looking for the preferred length)
    - Rider height: 5'10"
    - Frame size: Medium
    - Riding style: Nun

    SixC "feel" the right width (i.e. approximately shoulder width). My previous bike's handlebars (before the SixC) were narrow; so the Enve feel sort of clown-like (like I'm chasing rscecil down a trail). When I first hop on my Chili with the 800mm Enve bars I feel like I'm trying to be this dude. It makes me smile every time.



    Sometimes I like my wider bars better and sometimes I don't; but I haven't spent enough time using the wider Enve bars to give them a fair trial.

    Another thing to think about: Trail widths. Lots of bloody knuckles are the result of wide bars.

    Suggestion: Spend some time in your LBS playing with varying width handlebars to see what feels right for you.

    Edit: After watching the PB vid that CZ posted and sleeping on it I realized that my biggest problem is with the 800mm wide Enve DH bars is when the front end of my Chili is lightly weighted (i.e. when climbing steeper stuff). The handlebars become extra twitchy; and I believe it's due to the increased leverage. If you've got decent fine-motor control, you may not have this problem. (My friends laugh when I try to slack-line because I can't stop the line from moving side-to-side at 100mph.)
    Last edited by TSC; 09-11-2013 at 07:04 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeBert View Post
    Nice! I didn't realize they had finally dropped a wide carbon. My syntace stem is super nice, I'd buy a bar from them.
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    - Handlebar: ControlTech Venom CB20
    * Width: 750 mm
    * Back sweep: 9°
    * Up sweep: 4°
    * Rise: 20 mm
    - Stem length: 50 mm
    - Rider height: 6'03"
    - Frame size: L
    - Riding style: AM/Enduro

    Poll: Handlebar Width for Chilcotin-venom_cb20.jpg

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    I running a RF sixc carbon. I'm not sure I would want to go much wider due to tight trail system I ride most of the time.


    ** width: 725mm
    ** rise: 19mm
    ** up sweep: 4°
    ** back sweep: 9°
    - Stem length: 70
    - Rider height: 5'11"
    - Frame size: Medium
    - Riding style: Joey

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSC View Post
    I've used 2 different bars on my Chili:

    RaceFace Sixc
    ** width: 725mm
    ** rise: 19mm
    ** up sweep: 4°
    ** back sweep: 9°
    - Stem length: Various lengths ~45mm was my favorite.
    - Rider height: 5'10"
    - Frame size: Medium
    - Riding style: Nun

    Enve DH
    ** width: 800mm
    ** rise: 23mm
    ** up sweep: 5°
    ** back sweep: 9°
    - Stem length: Various lengths (still looking for the preferred length)
    - Rider height: 5'10"
    - Frame size: Medium
    - Riding style: Nun

    SixC "feel" the right width (i.e. approximately shoulder width). My previous bike's handlebars (before the SixC) were narrow; so the Enve feel sort of clown-like (like I'm chasing rscecil down a trail). When I first hop on my Chili with the 800mm Enve bars I feel like I'm trying to be this dude. It makes me smile every time.



    Sometimes I like my wider bars better and sometimes I don't; but I haven't spent enough time using the wider Enve bars to give them a fair trial.

    Another thing to think about: Trail widths. Lots of bloody knuckles are the result of wide bars.

    Suggestion: Spend some time in your LBS playing with varying width handlebars to see what feels right for you.

    Edit: After watching the PB vid that CZ posted and sleeping on it I realized that my biggest problem is with the 800mm wide Enve DH bars is when the front end of my Chili is lightly weighted (i.e. when climbing steeper stuff). The handlebars become extra twitchy; and I believe it's due to the increased leverage. If you've got decent fine-motor control, you may not have this problem. (My friends laugh when I try to slack-line because I can't stop the line from moving side-to-side at 100mph.)
    I've been using the Enve bars for a couple of years. I had to cut them back a bit (750) or lose a finger. The are tough, light and so far no issues. They can take a real beating.
    The twitchy ness you mentioned has been neutralized by running the rp23 at weight minus 30. That settles the center better and holds the front down, at least for me. I'm 6'2" on a large and 60 mm stem.

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