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    Bar width

    What up all,
    Like many posts start, I am new to SS'ing. I also live in the beautiful state of Colorado. When I got somewhat fitted for my full suspension, I was told my handlebars were too wide, and they did feel a bit wide, so I dremmeled off a bit. Now as I'm exploring the world of SS, I see that you want a wider bar for leverage on climbs. I know, as many things SS go, that it is sort of a personal preference, but have any of you noticed that going wider does help on your SS setup, especailly with respect to climbing? Just wondering. Thanks.

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    I've switched to 680-700-ish on all my mtn bikes. Just personal preference. You just have to ride it and see if you like it. I run 70-80mm stems as well.

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    definitely personal as everyone is shaped different and has their riding style.

    i'm 6'3" and fairly broad shouldered (wear XXL jerseys) and currently have a 680mm bar on my SS. it's on the narrow side for me...i'll up to 780mm when i get some more loot.

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    I hear you. I'll try what I got's now and see how it goes. I also have some bar ends on it, which adds a bit of width. Could create another thread: who uses bar ends on their SS rigs? I have, and will not ride without, cane creeks.

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    If what you have does not work, get a super wide bar and just trim it down slowly until you find what works.

    And bar ends are great for SS, FWIW...

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    I have a SS with 780mm bars and I love the leverage when standing and climbing. They are a bit too wide for me at other times during rides and I am probably going to switch to a set of 720mm bars. I doubt I will go much narrower. I am 6'3" with broad shoulders, fyi. After riding the 780's for the last few months anything under 700 feels very narrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boostin View Post
    I have a SS with 780mm bars and I love the leverage when standing and climbing. They are a bit too wide for me at other times during rides and I am probably going to switch to a set of 720mm bars. I doubt I will go much narrower. I am 6'3" with broad shoulders, fyi. After riding the 780's for the last few months anything under 700 feels very narrow.
    You could always keep what you have and run wider grips. Or even use bar tape to make the grips wider. Gives you the best of both worlds. But does depend on how much narrower you need...

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    I whined like a little ***** all week on vacation. Every borrowed sled my ass hit had twitchy little bars.

    28" is the new black for me. And we've got trees here.

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    I ride a 660mm bar and this is about right for me (Origin8 Pro Sweep). I however have not tried anything larger and without how tight the singletrack is around here this is about as wide as I want to go. I only wish Origin8 would make this bar in carbon.

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    If it actually helps me I'm not really sure, I think bar ends were/are a bigger help especially for the wrist/hand position you are giving. A lot more leverage can be had this way.

    Chromag's bar does interest me quite a bit though.
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    I am 6ft and just put some 750mm bars on. They felt wide in the driveway but once on the trail are awesome. I notice I am just starting to rub them on trees and in and out the door so would not go any wider.

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    6'3" with a slightly wider wing span

    Kore Torsion bars 800mm. 50mm rise

    Love them.

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    Ok, I'm a 660mm homer. Well, until I put in bar ends and I was really unhappy with how narrow they felt after (ridiculous, right?). I got some 760mm bars and I think they are pretty good. Can't say that I think they are more comfortable for general riding to and up towards the trailhead. Not really sure if I can say that the wider bars help me thrown down some climbing power, but when riding fast, they just felt natural. My only issue on my small hoops is the general feeling of and inevitable and soon over the bars situation on steep ****, and with the wide bars... it disappeared. Weird, right?

    I also caught a billion more branches on my arms and I have the scratches to prove it.

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    I cut everything to 666mm and use the small/stubby ergon grips w/bar-ends.

    ...then again, I'm a girl, so I'm more worried about breaking a nail if my bars are too wide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea138 View Post
    I cut everything to 666mm and use the small/stubby ergon grips w/bar-ends.

    ...then again, I'm a girl, so I'm more worried about breaking a nail if my bars are too wide.
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    Recently ordered the Race Face Deus Riser Bar 2010 680mm with 3/4" rise. Will go with that and slowly dremmel off till it feels comfortable. Definitely need more width though as my current bars were for my geared bike, and I didn't do a whole of standing with the geared bike ya know. Also had to change the angle of my cane creek's due to the standing. Oddly enough, also had to highten my saddle a bit. Lot's of weird tweaks, but when it gets dialed in, should be really fun.

    PS - Since I live out here in Colorado, I started with a 36x20. Spun like a sunufa, so switched to 18 in back and WAY more fun, even if more painful on the ascents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boostin View Post
    I have a SS with 780mm bars and I love the leverage when standing and climbing. They are a bit too wide for me at other times during rides and I am probably going to switch to a set of 720mm bars. I doubt I will go much narrower. I am 6'3" with broad shoulders, fyi. After riding the 780's for the last few months anything under 700 feels very narrow.
    720mm bars on order. Its gonna be sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorro View Post
    PS - Since I live out here in Colorado, I started with a 36x20. Spun like a sunufa, so switched to 18 in back and WAY more fun, even if more painful on the ascents.
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    Ok, so I installed my new avid speed 7 brake levers, grips, and race face handlebar and holy good lord does a wider bar make a difference. Went from like 22" to 26" and the leverage is awesome. Makes my position on the bike that much more comfortable, especially while out of the saddle.

    So now I'll jack my own thread. I've a few threads regarding tires and I know it really does depend on your surroundings. I know what I need out here in dry and rocky Colorado, but I'm running a 2.1 panaracer in the back. Wondering if size of tire in the back makes a huge difference with respect to traction. I'm not slipping or anything (now that the tire is new), but was more pondering. May be a dumb question, but whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    And bar ends are great for SS, FWIW...
    If you use a bar with low sweep, bar ends are helpful.

    The other thing is a bar with a very high sweep in the range of about 45 degrees like On One Mary Bar or Jones Bar. You do not need so much width (to hang beetween the trees) an get the same effect

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    Here's my hack method to determine optimal SS bar width: Bust out as many pushups as you can do, then while still on the ground measure the distance between the outside of your palms. Now do as many overhand pullups as you can on the flat bar, then take the measurement again. Average these two distances, add an inch, and you'll do pretty well if you like bars without too much sweep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arphaxhad View Post
    6'3" with a slightly wider wing span

    Kore Torsion bars 800mm. 50mm rise

    Love them.

    Archimedes was right...
    6' tall.

    I am also running the Kore Torsion bars 800mm but flat.

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    Just got this to try out:



    I demoed a geared bike with the same width bar a few weeks ago and I liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Just got this to try out:



    I demoed a geared bike with the same width bar a few weeks ago and I liked it.
    Holy schnikees that's wide. I thought my 660mm w/bar ends was wide. You should have a ton of leverage with it. Nice bar.

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    I would like to have wide bars, but it seems like I hook/hit trees enough with the ones I have, which are Bonti 600mm/7 deg with Spec bar ends. Seem narrow for me (6'3") but I think the results would be poor with anything wider.

    I need to improve my skills...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskaranddriver View Post
    here's my hack method to determine optimal ss bar width: Bust out as many pushups as you can do, then while still on the ground measure the distance between the outside of your palms. Now do as many overhand pullups as you can on the flat bar, then take the measurement again. Average these two distances, add an inch, and you'll do pretty well if you like bars without too much sweep.
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    Last Friday, I ordered the Bontrager Crivitz bar from my LBS. It has a 25 degree backsweep, just like the Ragley Carnegie's Bar. The width of the Crivitz (as listed on the Bontrager website) is 690mm. The width of the Ragley Carnegie's Bar is 685mm. Picked up the Crivitz today and the cardboard that was attached to the bar lists the width as 690mm, but, etched on the bar itself is 685mm. It does indeed measure 685mm, the same as the Carnegie's Bar.
    Just thought that was interesting. Someone at Trek must have really dug the Ragley bar.
    I swapped bars this evening, but haven't taken it for a spin yet. I previously had a 10 degree backsweep Ritchey Pro bar, 680mm.
    I'm excited about the Crivitz, though. This past weekend, I grabbed an old small broom handle (2cm diameter, 75cm length) that I use for stretching, and put my arms, shoulders, elbows, and wrists in the most neutral/natural position with optimal ergonomics. While grasping the wooden dowel/stick in one hand, I then lowered the stick onto a piece of paper and drew a line alongside the stick. Next, I used an adjustable protractor to find out what angle the stick was at. Lo and behold, it was 25 degrees on the button!
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