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  1. #1
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    riser handle bars

    what is a good or proper way to decide on riser height?

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    Ther isn't really any formula to go by. Basically it can be broken down into two groups either low rise or high rise bars. Your best bet would be to go to your bike shop and try a low and high rise bar and see what feels better. Most shops will have bars to try. Once you find the ones you like you can order them.

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    It depends on what bar height you're trying to arrive at in the end.

    Different height riser bars can avoid the need for a new stem and bars since you can get different different amounts of rise in the bars.

    If you already have bars that are a comfortable width and sweep, you could just get a stem of a different height.

    Some companies offer up to three different heights of the same model handlebar (low, mid & high).

    There is more to riser bars than height. The width and sweep (angle[s] that position your hands) differ considerably among various riser bars on the market.

    Why are you considering different handlebars to begin with?

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    Fat-tired Roadie
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    If you're already at the top of your spacer stack with your stem flipped up, you can lower your grips by the entire height of the spacer stack and a surprising amount from flipping the stem - with a 90mm +/- 6deg stem, it's about 18mm. So if you had a 30mm spacer stack, you could correct for as much as 48mm of rise. In that case, I'd say go for 1.5" of rise, and then adjust your stem and spacer stack to move your grips back down if it's too much.

    If you're not already at the top of your spacer stack and flipped up, try that first - you may not need to spend any money right now.
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