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    Idea! '13 Hardrock Sport 29er Stem & Handlebar upgrade/questions/help

    Hi All ~ Happy Friday

    My HR Sport came with 25.4mm stem & "flat" handelbar.

    I would like to swap in a riser handel bar and it would appear 31.8mm stem & bar combo is more popular with all the aftermarket setups out there.

    I am a recreational rider, nothing too crazy but I love off road riding.

    Should I get simply get a 25.4mm Riser bar or is it a better idea to swap out stem & bar for the bigger 31.8mm as an "upgrade".

    Thanks in advance for your reply :-)
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    You'll have more options in 31.8, aside from that, it probably won't matter much if you aren't riding much.

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    Yes I see alot of 31.8 out there and hardly any 25.4

    I want to ride more and more..love it! I'm not nearly as hardcore as some of you guys that's for sure.
    Thaks for your reply!
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    I did basically the reverse within a couple weeks of getting my Hardrock several years ago.

    In retrospect, swapping the bar instead of the stem is a somewhat bass-ackwards order, or can be... Where are you trying to land your grips?

    If you must swap the bar, though, finding 31.8 parts is definitely easier.
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    "Where are you trying to land your grips?"

    I working with limitied knowlege here but I am trying to learn.
    I have alot of palm pressure and I "feel" like I'm on the front end too much when simply sitting there. I know how to shift my weight and I'm tryin to learn fliking and jumping too..on a small scale but it would be awesome a year from now to beable to hit it a little harder.
    I may have the LBS I bought it from size me up on the bike then make upgrades in a smarter more precise way.

    I am eager to get a real susp. fork too thinking X-fusion Slide

    Anyway I appritiate you guys
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    If your stem's not flipped up and at the top of the spacer stack, start there. It doesn't cost anything.

    For jumping, most put the saddle all the way down, so you're basically looking for the bars to be in a good place when you're standing on the pedals.

    I'm not sure what "fliking" is?
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    LOL thanks, fliking you know like hiting the back brake pitching one way to make the direction change..

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    If you ever visit my neck of the woods, please don't do that. Building and maintaining trails is a shocking amount of work.
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    Hmmm Strange comment, maybe you mis understood. I'm only referin to moving my bike around not destroying the very trail i'm on or riding disrepecful in anyway. I know the term tred lightly and all..

    Thanks for you time
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    Bicycle do minimal trail damage when the rear wheel is turning. When it's dragging, they can really chew things up.
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