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    Alt bars, who likes?

    Over the past year or so, it seems my arm/elbow pain had slowly been getting worse. Maybe it's just that I'm 40 now.
    But my bikes are cushy (fatbikes and plus bike) both with suspension forks).

    I'm going to try an alt bar for the first time. Ordered a Carver myti carbon. Should be here in a few days.

    Anyone else using"crooked" handlebars and like or dislike?

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    You should check out SQlab 30x bars.
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    I have an Easton 35mm bar (maybe too stiff?) With I think 9 degrees of back sweep.

    Will see if the Carver is too much angle or not.

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    My hands used to go numb. Raised the bars level with the seat and went with 16* sweep back.
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    I tried Jones bars on a bike I borrowed. I thought they looked weird and would feel awkward, but I ended up really liking them. I have them on my fat bike now. The only problem I have is on tight, low speed turns. They bump my legs sooner than straight bars, so I have to plan a little more. Other than that they feel more comfortable and stable to me.

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    Bucksaw, Farley, and a Sturgis....

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    I have the Answer 20/20 bars and like them.

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    I have had a long history with alt bars and it all stemmed from riding singlespeed and rigid. I started with the Fleegle bars from On-One, which were ok but didn't have enough backsweep for me. I moved to the Mary bars also from On-one and felt like this was the sweet spot for me. I rode huge mileage on rigid 26" singlespeeds and then rigid 29" geared bikes all over Arizona, fast and rocky.

    I could ride for hours on end and not have sore hands. Calluses and blisters would come and go but that was mostly the impact of riding with gloves in Arizona and twisting the bars for control on the rocky descents and ascents and sweaty hands.

    I tried the salsa bar, can't recall what that was called, then bought a Jones bar with Jones Diamond bike and loved it even more. I rode Arizona for a couple of years on it and it never hindered me and I found my hands were more comfortable. Then I moved to Washington and found that I can use them just as well on skinnies, drops, and jump lines. Still like having them, just about out of my 40's and started using alt bars before I began this decade. If I moved to a full suspension bike, I might try a big wide bar but they feel weird to me now and I am not sure I could do it.
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    Thanks all!

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    Got the new bars put on, slightly more narrow but close enough, quite an angle difference.
    Going for an easy road ride around the lake this afternoon to see how they feel before hitting the trail.
    Excited!

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    Yep. As others have written- they can be great.
    I've used several what would be called mustache bars.
    The more comfortable- the worse they are (for me anyway) when the riding gets super rough.

    We run plenty of sweep on our touring bikes. Seating position is more upright. Neck feels better and I see more of the world passing around me.
    Longer days? Great. I'm so much happier than w/ the standard drop bar set ups.

    But hand numbness? I can't seem to get a grip on that w/ my riding.
    I've had trips w/ long arduous days and the hands are fine. I've had smooth easy stuff and there's a dead finger or two for months.
    Even when I think the terrain is forcing me to be more dynamic in my riding, i've had numbness issues. Thin gloves, padded gloves.
    Lots of sweep. Less sweep. It still comes and goes. Mostly it goes. The issue isn't always there.

    If you are riding lots of chunky spicy terrain, a bar w/ lots of sweep wouldn't be my first choice, or my first recommendation but there are plenty fast folks that say otherwise.

    But- that straight broom stick that so many companies are making? It's no wonder that so many folks drive to the trailheads. I wouldn't want to ride their bikes very far either!

    I'll be curious to hear what you think about them.
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    So far so good, they are comfy on the trails and no problems going through the rocks (yet).

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    If elbow issues were the problem, swept bars are as good of a place to start as any.

    Once you get the reach/tilt dialed, consider some sort of ergo/paddle grip. They allow you to more loosely rest your hands on the grips instead of having to have fingers wrapped and clenching. Relaxing your forearm muscles for a greater % of the ride is the goal.

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    I went with a SQLabs 12 degree handlebar. it has some upsweep and minimal rise. I tried going back to a conventional 9 degree low riser bar and it was a bit uncomfortable. I don't want to turn my bike into a beach cruiser, upright position, so 12 degrees and 760mm wide is just enough to make the position comfortable but I still feel in control. I tried 20/20 and a few other odd-shaped handlbars and this is the sweet spot for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I went with a SQLabs 12 degree handlebar. it has some upsweep and minimal rise. I tried going back to a conventional 9 degree low riser bar and it was a bit uncomfortable. I don't want to turn my bike into a beach cruiser, upright position, so 12 degrees and 760mm wide is just enough to make the position comfortable but I still feel in control. I tried 20/20 and a few other odd-shaped handlbars and this is the sweet spot for now.
    Do you still have the 20/20 that you might want to sell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    Do you still have the 20/20 that you might want to sell?

    I have a set I'd part with. You know how to reach me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I have a set I'd part with. You know how to reach me.
    780mm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    780mm?

    Best I can tell, those never actually existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Best I can tell, those never actually existed.
    Yea they have them now. I have the 720s and recently found out they added 780.

    They're on sale if you want a pair.
    https://hayesbicycle.com/products/pr...32139589386285

    Just went ahead and ordered myself some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    So far so good, they are comfy on the trails and no problems going through the rocks (yet).

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    Not only the same bars, but it looks like the same bike too.

    I love the Carver bars. Elbow pain is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobine View Post
    Not only the same bars, but it looks like the same bike too.

    I love the Carver bars. Elbow pain is gone.
    Yep my elbow pain is gone too! Success!

    Great looking bike!

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