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    How wide do you run your handlebars?

    Just looking to see what other people like before I go cutting anything. Riding around here (W. Wisconsin) is small hills, wooded single track.

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    23.5" (just under 600mm) wide
    17mm rise
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    600mm

    Flat bars 550-600mm-Ohio trails, XC riding
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    Depends on how far apart the trees are .

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    Different on different bikes but 635mm-690mm

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    710mm

    I no longer have elbow pain during endurance races w/ the wider bars...my theory involves less strain on the triceps since the hands are further apart. Think of the difference in feel between a narrow grip pushup and wide grip. This is on a ss, I think I would cut off an inch or two on a geared bike.

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    740 mm!!!!! I just have big cacti to miss along the trail. No trees. But every bush,plant,and shrub has some form of defense mechanism. So I try to not hit anything!

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    711 on the xc bike. Ride in wooded singletrack in NC and I do clip some trees now and then. You have to pay attention, but I like the wide bars for leverage.

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    I guess I'm not cutting anything. My new ones are 670mm. I've always used 600mm before so these seem huge. I think I'll like them as long as I don't have any clearance problems.

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    580mm, give or take. They were a little longer when I bought them, but I felt more comfortable and relaxed with the grips narrower.

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    About 640 with lots of sweep. My bars are the widest they could be without getting stuck in trees
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    ritchey low riser on ht and riser on fs. 660 mm both.
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    685's trimmed down to 670mm
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    620 mm.
    Any wider and I hit trees!

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    sweep

    640 with 12 degree sweep
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    I have wide shoulders and 680mm is the sweet spot for me.

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    660mm wide risers with bar ends-no real trouble threading through trees

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    as wide as possible

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    I was on a 580mm flat bar but recently switched to a 635mm low rise and won't be going back. Descending is much better on the wider low rise bar and haven't noticed any loss climbing or riding singletrack. Did take a couple of weeks to get used to them.

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    685mm

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    I found (for me and my situation) the 640mm is the best, I have 660 and it is a little wide, and i have hit some trees. my new bike has 600 and it hurts my wrists when out of the saddle. You also need to consider stem lenght. for me 90mm for 640-660 and for the 600 it is a 105 stem. this leaves the same distance between the nose of the seat and middle of the grips on the bars.
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    Syntace Vector carbon low rise.

    680mm wide and great sweep wize.
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