What does the rise/length on a handlebar translate to on the trail?- Mtbr.com
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    New question here. What does the rise/length on a handlebar translate to on the trail?

    Guys, I just got a Sunline V1 OS Handlebar 31.8/38mm/711mm for what I think was a great deal on Chainlove ($34.99). Anyways, that got me thinking, because I have been looking at alot of bars and was wondering, how does the rise/length on the bars affect your ride? I am new to MB'ing and was seriously wondering about this. Any incite would be nice. Just trying to understand all aspects of MB'ing one part at a time.


    Don't know if it matters but I have a Scott Aspect 55. Localy trails consist of XC and AM here in El Paso, TX.

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    Based on preferences and riding style you can use different handlebar rise, stem spacers and stem length & rise to put the handlebars where you want them relative to your seating position. If you are into DH you may want the bars a little higher and a little closer to you. If you are into XC you may want the bars a little lower and father from you. A lot depends on just personal preference too so if you like what you have stay with it, if you think that your position is holding you back then have a qualified individual watch you ride and make suggestions.

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    Wider bars allow more side to side stability and leverage. Test: get in a pushup position, arms extended, hands 6" apart and have a friend push your shoulder. Try the same drill again w/hands 24" apart.

    Sweep is mainly a comfort thing.

    Rise is also for comfort, if you feel like you are too forward leaning, lower back is tiring out, perhaps pain in your wrists, a higher rise might help a little. But rise also helps distribute your weight over the bars. For DH racing it's nice to get down low, keep your weight on the front tire a bit, very aggressive stance. Low center of gravity. Low rise Can also be nice on long climbs in XC so you keep the front wheel planted. However, in my experience, a low rise bar can also put a lot of strain on the wrists during really long XC rides. More rise is kind of nice for jumping and general freeride, where a more centered stance is pretty comfortable.

    But like everything else its all personal preference. I've run that very same bar and thought it was perfect geometry. You picked a winner.

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