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    How wide are your handlebars across ?

    After riding today I was thinking about cutting my handlebar shorter...I know another rider had thought I was already short...I'm curious how wide everyone's handlebars are measured from end to end straight across ?

    Mine is 32"
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    That's a wide bar (812mm).
    Mine are 740 I think, wouldn't want any wider.

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    Mine are at 750.

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    My bike came with 820mm bars, but I cut them down to 800mm for tree clearance. Iíve also demoíd a couple bikes with 780mm bars, and those also felt fine.

    I tried the whole ďget on the floor and do a push-up, then measure your push-up stance thing at some point, but as it turns out my natural push-up position was something like 880-900mm. And even if they bars of that size were made, I donít think Iíd run them (again tree clearance).

    I will say, my buddies bike with 740mm bars feel narrow, and my old bike with 660mm bars feels... foreign at this point. I wouldnít want to ride teither of those widths on my personal bike at this point.

    If you have some grips that can slide past the end of the bar, you can simulate bar widths before you cut them down. Just move the lock on grips inboard to whatever width, and run it like that for a while. Just remember the end caps.

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    710mm. No really, they are 710mm. No, I do like them that width. No, I donít crash every ride. No, I have not received any calls from 2002.

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    750-800 depending on the application.

    And even if they bars of that size were made,
    Superstar used to make a bar called the 'Yardstick'. Guess how long it was.

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    780mm on both my enduro bike and single speed, 740mm on my xc bike.
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    Started at 800 which was nice. Cut to 780 which has been great but considering cutting off just a little more. Definitely not going less than 760 but I might split the difference to 770.

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    750, I think. I could work with 740-760. anything wider or narrower would feel awkward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Howard View Post
    Superstar used to make a bar called the 'Yardstick'. Guess how long it was.
    915mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsmith View Post
    No, I have not received any calls from 2002.
    Check your USPS mailbox.

    OP, my bars are 780mm.

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    700mm...690 on the other bike.
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    800mm but I'm very tall with long arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    915mm?
    Yup. Really. they dont make it anymore as it was more of a marketing thing really, but they did sell some (that i guess were subsequently trimmed). Still mentioned on their website though.

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    I typically run 780mm on my bikes.
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    I'm 5'9 with average height/arm ratio.

    I have 780s on the SS, 800's on my new trail bike. I'm pretty happy with anything 750-800.

    Edit: I grew up racing motocross, as a 14 y/o on a YZ125, you simply rode what came on the bike, even if I looked something like Dirtjunkie's above pic. I now live in the desert where there are no trees so that's not a concern, would honestly probably not have 800's if I lived in he eastern US forest.
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    These bars are 810 plus about 10-13mm more on each side for the Revelate plugs (for the other set of pogies I have). I'm 5' 10.75". The trees are 750mm apart.

    We have lots and lots of stuff like this. You just turn your bars and keep riding.

    My other 3 handlebars are fairly normal, 780mm.



    I think one thing that's often lost on people is how much more control and ability to ride through stuff without it kicking your front wheel off-line or sideways when you pair a modern-size handlebar with a modern-size stem. When your wheel does that thing where it instantly goes 30 degrees or more to one side, you often endo, especially at slower speed where you don't have the straight-line momentum.
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    720, 740, 780 and 780 For my 4 bikes.
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    Yeah, low speed close trees like the "needle" above, aren't really a problem. As you mentioned, you can just turn the bars and slide on through (within reason of course).

    I'm more worried about bar strikes when going downhill at speed, just because that usually doesn't end well. Where I live there aren't tons of tight trails though (especially the climbs), so I'm not overly worried about it (obviously, with my 800mm bars). But my actual local trail system has a few trails with trees close on the downhill portion, enough that I tapped them a few times (actually popped the end cap out once) at 820mm. So that was what prompted the trim to 800mm.

    And, I also grew up riding dirt bikes, that may have something to do with my preferences. Narrow ~550mm bars just feel bizzare to me. I feel like I have far less control.

    But like others, I'm comfortable in a range. Once I get outside of that range, I start to notice it though.

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    On a side note- I wouldn't start off with some really long bars if you want to shorten them by a large margin. I've found that it can really affect the bar and its compliance by going to short on a bar that is designed to be much longer.

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    760 across the board.

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    690-700. That's plenty leverage for my 27.5 bike, without being stretched out like a human sail, and the lack of comfort associated with such.

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    740 on the trail bike. I prefer them over previous 780 I had


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    OP, I run 800mm 6į up, 9į back for the pleasure of a trialsy bar that works for a bloke that can pass a hooter across the room without an extend-a-roach or leaving the recliner.
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    One of the keys too is that you MUST place the edge of your hands at the edge of your bars. If you are not doing this, then cut them, but don't run your grips inward or place your hands inward of the edge, because if you do, you will tag **** while riding. Your brain calculates (more like roughly estimates) where your hands are and keeps them from hitting anything, but it doesn't take into account something that extends past your hands.
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    Appreciate the replies...Wow, ok looks like I got some trimming to do...When I ride my hands are not out at the end of the bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    One of the keys too is that you MUST place the edge of your hands at the edge of your bars. If you are not doing this, then cut them, but don't run your grips inward or place your hands inward of the edge, because if you do, you will tag **** while riding. Your brain calculates (more like roughly estimates) where your hands are and keeps them from hitting anything, but it doesn't take into account something that extends past your hands.
    So much this. Iíve seen so many pics of people riding with their hands on the middle of the grips. Iíve even seen riders gripping the inner portion of the grips. I used to ride with my hands in the middle of the grip. Then a friend mentioned to grab the end of the grip. It actually does feel better and Iím using the entire width of the bar. Thatís why I never use grips with lock on rings on the end of the grip. It doesnít make sense to go with a wider bar and not use the entire width. Itís like getting a 780 bar...and using 740 of it.


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    740 Deity Carbon on the rigid single speed & 750 Easton Havoc on the full sus XC race bike. Same angles.
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    6', +2 ape index, and long torso/short legs.

    800mm bar on my trail bike, plus 5-8mm on each end from the Ergon GE1 grips. Bumped up from 720mm that came from the factory (along with swapping the 80mm oem stem for a 60mm) with the original intention of trimming them down to 770 or so, but I ended up liking it full width.

    740mm bar on my xc bike, plus or minus the width of the Cane Creek bar ends, depending on my grip.

    And my bike with the Trail-a-Bike and baby seat has 660mm, and feels sooo twitchy. But the narrow bars keep me in an upright position that accommodates the top tube seat and my daughter's noggin, it's a cheapo Nashbar I don't want to spend money on for new parts, and it sticks to pretty mellow terrain, so monster stability is less of a concern.

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    I have no idea but they feel perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    One of the keys too is that you MUST place the edge of your hands at the edge of your bars. If you are not doing this, then cut them, but don't run your grips inward or place your hands inward of the edge, because if you do, you will tag **** while riding. Your brain calculates (more like roughly estimates) where your hands are and keeps them from hitting anything, but it doesn't take into account something that extends past your hands.
    But then how do I attach my bar ends?

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    It took a while for 710mm to feel normal after many years of riding with 600mm bars. Demo bikes with wider bars usually feel a bit weird for the first 15 minutes I'm on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak View Post
    But then how do I attach my tree catchers?
    I find the extra width kind of serves the same purpose for climbing. Bar ends for XC racing is something I've not seen in a long time, except on maybe occasionally in the sport/beginner classes, but not very common even there.

    The other counter-intuitive part about the modern bar-widths IME is that when you DO scrape something, with the increase leverage your arms have, it seems harder to get knocked off/easier to correct back to course. I realize this could work both ways, but the narrower the bars the less influence you'll have on keeping the bike straight in such a situation.
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    700 on the SS and 775 on the full sus 29er. I need to trim them down though. 6'0" neutral ape index.

    I like my width to be just wide enough to open my lungs and not hook on trees. I hooked up once, came to a complete stop and fell sideways still clipped in, breaking a rib on a helmet sized rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    One of the keys too is that you MUST place the edge of your hands at the edge of your bars. If you are not doing this, then cut them, but don't run your grips inward or place your hands inward of the edge, because if you do, you will tag **** while riding. Your brain calculates (more like roughly estimates) where your hands are and keeps them from hitting anything, but it doesn't take into account something that extends past your hands.
    Your hands at bars outer edge also makes brakes work better.

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    785. These are the first bars I haven't trimmed shorter.

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    Like Oury grips and King rear hubs, a no-brainer parts choice...

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    780s on the trail bikes (older bars and would go 800 if they die)


    Bars any narrower feel odd. Even bars other than Renthals with a different back/up sweep feel odd as I've been on them for so long. Going back to anything narrower does not feel right.

    And BTW, a few weeks ago I went back to Oury non-lock ons. Holy crow !!!! Best and cheapest parts upgrade I've made in years. You can find them for less than $12 a pair, and when glued on they are secure. I can't believe how use I got to the feel of sh!tty lock ons.

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    RollingBuffalo, as you can see, no single right or wrong answer. Go with what fits you and the situation.

    As for me, I'm at 760 mm (30") for my trail and XC bike.
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    I am 700mm on an XC bike and 740mm on a trail bike. I have been wider and I have been narrower those widths currently feel right.

    Interesting in elite racing ranks some of the best riders are running pretty narrow bars. 740mm for Endruo racers and 680mm for XC racers is starting to be fairly common again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    I am 700mm on an XC bike and 740mm on a trail bike. I have been wider and I have been narrower those widths currently feel right.

    Interesting in elite racing ranks some of the best riders are running pretty narrow bars. 740mm for Endruo racers and 680mm for XC racers is starting to be fairly common again.
    by "fairly common", do you mean outliers, or the majority of the field?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    by "fairly common", do you mean outliers, or the majority of the field?
    I mean what I said. Bars are trending narrower after years of getting wider. Still lots of wide bars out there but there are a lot of riders running narrower bars then they use to.

    I don't know the bar width of every rider in the field.
    Here is a couple I know of
    Enduro:
    Richey Rude, Jesse Meland, Jared Graves 740mm
    Sam Hill 750mm
    Remi Gauvin 760mm
    Martin Maes: 780mm

    XC: I think nearly every top XC racer not based in North America uses bars under 700mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    I mean what I said. Bars are trending narrower after years of getting wider. Still lots of wide bars out there but there are a lot of riders running narrower bars then they use to.

    I don't know the bar width of every rider in the field.
    Here is a couple I know of
    Enduro:
    Richey Rude, Jesse Meland, Jared Graves 740mm
    Sam Hill 750mm
    Remi Gauvin 760mm
    Martin Maes: 780mm

    XC: I think nearly every top XC racer not based in North America uses bars under 700mm.
    This is the best article I've seen on that topic. Its slightly dated now though (2018). Clearly things could have changed since then. Still worth a read if anyone is interested though.

    https://www.pinkbike.com/news/handle...-too-wide.html

    And yes, some riders have narrower bars than you'd think. I do think that its worth mentioning that a fair number of the riders you mentioned above are on the "shorter than average" side of things (Jesse Melamed is 5'7", Sam Hill is 5'9"), Jared Graves, Remi Gauvin and Richie Rude are all 5'10", which I'd say is pretty average at this point, at least for North America.

    Here is a smattering of riders from the link, ordered by height.

    Greg Minnar 6'3": 800mm
    Wyn Masters 6'1": 780mm
    Cody Kelly 6'1": 750mm
    Brandon Semenuk 6'1": 735mm
    Amaury Pierron 5'11": 800mm
    Nino Schurter 5'8": 680mm
    Yoann Barelli 5'7": 780mm
    Rachel Atherton 5'7": 775mm

    Its honestly kind of all over the place. From that though, the main correlations I see are with rider height, and disipline.

    More gravity focused disiplines tend to have wider bars, for increased control. More XC or Trick focused disiplines (slopestyle/XCO, etc), tend to have narrower bars, likely for aero (XC), and making tricks like barspins easier (slopestyle).

    And taller riders tend to have wider bars, but its not universal. I actually wonder if we measured wingspan, if you would notice that riders with similar wingspans was a better correlation with preferred bar width.

    I will say though, I'd bet there are a ton of people riding around on bars too wide for them, simply because they came from the factory that way, and haven't been trimmed to size, or don't even know thats an option. So while manufacturers need to make them wide for giants, not everyone needs an 820mm bar.

    But the thought of riding my current bike with a < 760mm bar or so seems like it would feel akward to me. Then again, I'm 6'1", with fairly wide shoulders (as I said, my natural pushup position hand spacing is ~35"). So I'm glad I have options.

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    I have long arms at 5'11" and prefer 780mm. 760 is too cramped for me. I'd prob feel best at 790ish but my 810mm bar feels a bit wide. I still am okay with it but 10-20 mm less would be great.

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    780mm now with some rise. I had been riding a stock, flat 700mm bar (specializes). The improvement in comfort, steering and control is pretty amazing. I also dropped my stem from 80mm to 40mm at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Uncut 800s on every bike I own.

    5'10". 35 inch sleeve length.
    And you can't even ride in handcuffs!

    I am firmly in the 800mm camp with a minimum of 5į upsweep to compliment the backsweep.
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    This is something I've been thinking about. Got my OneUp bars cut to 780 at the moment but still find that I'm wearing away the inner most portion of the grip quicker than the outer. Maybe this is a sign I need to go to 770 or 760mm.

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    I've gone down to 760. Just feels right. Bar is a renthal fatbar 20 degree rise

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    Three are 780 with 16* sweep and two are 800 with 15* sweep. I'm 5'7" and anything shorter feels like a kids bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcriverjunky View Post
    Three are 780 with 16* sweep and two are 800 with 15* sweep. I'm 5'7" and anything shorter feels like a kids bike.
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    780mm on the FS and 760mm on the hardtail, I'm 183cm. Went from 740mm to 800 on the FS and it felt too wide for some of our narrower trails, trimmed them to 780mm and haven't looked back.

    Definitely think there's a sweet spot relative to height/arm length (and probably riding style), you only have to see how awkward a 14 year-old grom on an enduro bike with 820mm bars (cos wide bars are cool) looks and you know there certainly isn't one ideal bar width.

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