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    New question here. How wide are your handlebars?

    I have mine at 24" replicating the setup on my F/S gearie and I'm wondering if it's to short for a SS bike.

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    28" Easton DH's! I like 'em wide!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL
    I have mine at 24" replicating the setup on my F/S gearie and I'm wondering if it's to short for a SS bike.
    I recently made the move from 24" to 28" (Azonics) and am now a true believer. Try it---you'll like it.
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    24"....any wider and i seem to clip trees at an alarming rate. have run up to 28" and i do not find a huge difference for me

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    A Seven ti handlebar. No rise, 26" wide, custom bent to 11 degrees. $100.

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    Azonic 28"

    I love the super wide bar for climbing and technical sections. All I do is forest riding, so I have smacked the bar (and fingers) on trees many times, but it is getting more infrequent as I get used to twisting and leaning when I go through narrow passages. I would not ride anything less than 26" for SS just for the extra grunt going uphill.
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    about yay wide |<------------------->|

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    My SS has a 26” wide bar with bar ends.
    I use a 28” bar without bar ends on my FS bike.
    They feel similar when climbing but I prefer the hand position of the bar end standing and pulling on the bar on the SS. If I went without bar ends on the SS I would defiantly want a 27” bar. I ride super tight densely forested trails and don’t seam to have any trouble with wide bars hitting stuff at all. I also ride a 46 c to c bar on my road bikes. I am 6’1” with wide shoulders.

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    22 inches (maybe a lil less?) Ive ridden wide bars and I like them narrower. Im not a small person either at 6 foot 170lbs.
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    I use 23" bars on all my bikes. If my bars are too wide, they clip trees and get caught on vines and things. Plus, I like my handling to be a little quicker. I don't have a problem with leverage for mashing up hills because I learned to pull more with my gut and back muscles to enhance power.
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    I started out stupid wide

    They were Azonic DH bars that barely fit through a doorway. They felt super stable, but standing up with them made me feel like my hands were in my pockets(es).

    Now I have Bontrager Crowbars that are fairly wide, wider than my low rise monkey lites on my other bike. I like the wider ones better and will likely put something wider in place of the monkeys.

    I think wider bars help me use more upper body "English" (whatever that means - in fact, all of my body is English) on climbs.
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    As wide as I could find.. I think I'm running 28"

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    I have 26" Easton Carbon Monkeylites on my SS and I run 25" FSA Carbon Risers on my Heckler. I had a MaxM 28" bar but my fingers got smashed too many times on trees....


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    As wide as I could find too. I think they're 27 or 28. I was running 24" for a short time on one of my SS's and didn't like it-- it felt cramped. Weirdly, on my XC race bike (gears) I have a 22/23" and like it.

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    26er titec ti hellions on all the MTBs. love em, and we really dont have the tree width issue here in socal.

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    Listen! The wider the rider

    the wider the bar.

    26 1/4" on my ss and my dually.

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    If you like flat bars...try the...

    Salsa Pro Moto's which are 26" and have a 5 or 11 degree sweep. I'm using the 5 degree sweep with bar ends and work perfect for me. Cambia bikes has them for $39. 7075 aluminum and 180 grams.

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    ... and if we just ... my bars are so wide....

    That when I ride in the magical woods I can fit 6 Gnomes(3 on each side of the gooseneck) on my bars!

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    28" wide Profile/Tomac Tenacious-D

    Nice and wide!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    about yay wide |<------------------->|

    Yeah what he said...
    But with no rise and a 5 degree back sweep! The backsweep feels so very natural.

    Trevor!

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    Bus driver steez...

    Well, someone called me a bus driver once, and I think it was because of my bars. They're clearly not the widest here, though--27" x 2" rise Planet X trials bars. I like them a lot, but wish they had more of a Hellbent-style to them.
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    Bar width

    I run Azonic 28 bars now and like the extra leverage for long or really steep climbs. I have also used the Jones H-bar with mixed results. I like the hand position going downhill but could not get comfortable on the standing climbs with them, lots of standing climbing here in Socal. Bars were too close to my body and could not get enough leverage. I may try to lengthen the stem and see what happens. Anybody else run these?

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    620mm bontrager superstocks ...

    ... that's just under 25" i think?

    plenty wide for me - any wider actually feels quite uncomfortable, even when standing and torquing away. i like 'em fine: they were cheap and reasonably wide for flats.

    of course, i fit bikes a bit oddly, and so risers don't really work for me either. i already have to flip stems as it is ... and a negative rise stem with a riser bar? that would just be silly.

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    28" Easton carbon DHers subjugate the earth.

    28" Easton's subjugate the earth.

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    25.2" titec hellion ti low rise bars. on my geared ahrdtail, and on my SS. i'd love to find another one as a spare, if i could.
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    28" 'zonic DH. Nice.

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    24.5” Sun/Ringle Inferno XC with 1” rise,

    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL
    I have mine at 24" replicating the setup on my F/S gearie and I'm wondering if it's to short for a SS bike.
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    620mm (24 1/2) here ...

    ... found some take-off Bontragers at the LBS for $10 last year. No rise, 5 degree sweep. My wrists don't like the more aggressively swept bars, and my riser stem eliminates the need for an ungraceful and inefficient rise.

    I used to run 22-23" bars, but I love the wider ones now. Not just for climbing, but ESPECIALLY for descending. I like the wider stance, plus it lets me move the brake levers inboard so I can sprawl my hands across the grips and still grab the levers by the ends.

    Don't think I'd go much wider though - this seems to be the sweet spot for me in the old performance vs. tree-hitting tradeoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibis-ss
    I run Azonic 28 bars now and like the extra leverage for long or really steep climbs. I have also used the Jones H-bar with mixed results. I like the hand position going downhill but could not get comfortable on the standing climbs with them, lots of standing climbing here in Socal. Bars were too close to my body and could not get enough leverage. I may try to lengthen the stem and see what happens. Anybody else run these?
    Are you running the Jones H-bar with your regular stem? Jeff does recommend changing to a stem that is 15-25mm longer than you usual stem to compensate for the sweeps.

    I usually ride with a 100mm stem with risers. Then switching to the H-bars, I now ride a 135mm and all is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpaws
    Are you running the Jones H-bar with your regular stem? Jeff does recommend changing to a stem that is 15-25mm longer than you usual stem to compensate for the sweeps.

    I usually ride with a 100mm stem with risers. Then switching to the H-bars, I now ride a 135mm and all is good.

    i went to a longer stem maybe 15mm longer but the grip area can only bet set at one position. You either have to make it good for climbing or downhill since it is hard for your wrists to "flex" to compensate. Think of lifting a wheel barrel vs a barbell. I like the bar "ends" angled down towards my seat clamp for downhilling and almost flat for climbing.

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    28" Azonic Double Wall

    those who say anything wider than 22" or 23" will grab trailside stuff really should try riding a wider bar on a regular basis for long enough to adjust to the different position. I began riding MTBs with 22" wide bars, gradually going with more rise and width and sweep, and find that I'm now used to the steering of a 28" or 27" bar -- and find narrower bars more difficult to control the bike.

    but again, to each his/her own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL
    I have mine at 24" replicating the setup on my F/S gearie and I'm wondering if it's to short for a SS bike.
    Yes, depending on your size, 24" is too short. I run a Race Face 1.5" riser cut to 26.5" on my SS and a Monkeylite 1.5" riser, also at 26.5", on my gearie. 28" is too wide for the trees and 24" bars are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too narrow for me.

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    23" bars?
    Vines and things?
    are you riding a road bike through the amazon?

    i run 28"ers on all mine and the wife run's 26" on her SS & her XC and 27" on her DH bike. I think my arms can make more power than my gut. Plus, you have much more control DH with the wider bar.

    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyDevil
    I use 23" bars on all my bikes. If my bars are too wide, they clip trees and get caught on vines and things. Plus, I like my handling to be a little quicker. I don't have a problem with leverage for mashing up hills because I learned to pull more with my gut and back muscles to enhance power.

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    After all the input received installed a Maxm MX6 27" on my SS and a MX5 24" on my geared.

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    ... and if we just ... Salso Moto Flat Bar 660 mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpaws
    Are you running the Jones H-bar with your regular stem? Jeff does recommend changing to a stem that is 15-25mm longer than you usual stem to compensate for the sweeps.

    I usually ride with a 100mm stem with risers. Then switching to the H-bars, I now ride a 135mm and all is good.
    I have been riding mine for about 2 weeks now and am thinking of going to a longer/taller stem. I am currently at 120mm 5degrees. Thinking of going to 130mm 15degrees
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    New handlebar

    New Maxm MX-6 26" wide bars.


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    Just swithched size and paid dividends

    I just swappep out my 23" Titec enduro xc on my KM for a 26" easton lo-rise bar with great success getting a 1st place finish (my highest SS finish was 4th). I am all about big now big wheels, big frame and big bars! let the bus roll on !

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