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    handle bar ends up, down, or flat for SS?

    This is kind of a xpost from the 29er forum: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=598180

    My post just made me wonder how people angle their bars for the most comfort while SSing.

    So do you angle your bars up, down, or neutral?

    I'm looking for the most comfort for my hands...

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    I usually prefer to run bars with plenty of up sweep (flaring upward at the ends), as well as plenty of back sweep. This seems to support the wrists well and put my hands at a pretty natural position. With big sweep bars it also really depends on how high you set them (stem with lots of rise/spacers). From my experience even with running the bars upright, if the stem is set high, the bars will usually be tilted back/downward more. If the stem is lower, the bars are more level with the ground, still with upward sweep at the ends. I don't really find downward sweep to be comfortable. I guess what I'm saying is that there is a difference between tilting your bars at different angles and having your bars flipped for up/down sweep toward the ends. You were probably already aware of that but I wanted to clarify.

    In general for SS I like my bars to be set up high with a generous amount of up/back sweep for comfort. Different riders prefer more/less sweep and bar height obviously. I currently ride my 11 degree flatbar with bar ends again instead of the H-bar. This seems to give me more leverage for climbing, and two wide hand positions on the bar. The H-bar only really had one useful hand position for climbing/tech riding, although it was a comfortable one. A bit off topic there, but hope that answers your question.

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    So.......

    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict
    I usually prefer to run bars with plenty of up sweep (flaring upward at the ends), as well as plenty of back sweep. This seems to support the wrists well and put my hands at a pretty natural position. With big sweep bars it also really depends on how high you set them (stem with lots of rise/spacers). From my experience even with running the bars upright, if the stem is set high, the bars will usually be tilted back/downward more. If the stem is lower, the bars are more level with the ground, still with upward sweep at the ends. I don't really find downward sweep to be comfortable. I guess what I'm saying is that there is a difference between tilting your bars at different angles and having your bars flipped for up/down sweep toward the ends. You were probably already aware of that but I wanted to clarify.

    In general for SS I like my bars to be set up high with a generous amount of up/back sweep for comfort. Different riders prefer more/less sweep and bar height obviously. I currently ride my 11 degree flatbar with bar ends again instead of the H-bar. This seems to give me more leverage for climbing, and two wide hand positions on the bar. The H-bar only really had one useful hand position for climbing/tech riding, although it was a comfortable one. A bit off topic there, but hope that answers your question.
    How DO you position your bar ends?

    To the OP, I run a 5 deg stem and have mine running on the same plane which works outs pretty well for me.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    barends almost straight up makes for great grocery bag holders


    multiple ends make for some great alternative hand placement...
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    This is kind of a xpost from the 29er forum: https://forums.mtbr.com/general-discussion/ragley-carnegie-bars-598180.html

    My post just made me wonder how people angle their bars for the most comfort while SSing.

    So do you angle your bars up, down, or neutral?

    I'm looking for the most comfort for my hands...
    I've got Titec J-bars and this style (whether they be the Jeff Jones Ti version or Titec alloy version) is best run angled slightly down.

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    I lightly snug down the bar, then get on my bike, close my eyes, and move them around until they feel right. It's about what works for you.

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    5 degree stem with wide risers and bar ends....works for me anyhoo......
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    How DO you position your bar ends?

    To the OP, I run a 5 deg stem and have mine running on the same plane which works outs pretty well for me.

    I guess my late night mumble jumble wasn't as easy to understand as I thought at the time. I run my H-Bar angled down slightly. If I run my flat bar w/ Bar ends, I run them at nearly the same angle. As Sparty said, just run them at whatever angle feels comfortable.

    The reason I got all in depth about it is because of the link the OP referred to regarding the Carnegie bar. That thread discussed the different bar height options. The OP of this thread was asking about different angles to run the bar. I guess to me it seemed that he was asking two different questions- What angle and what height. I think that the height of the bars has an affect on which angle they are most comfortable at. Anyways, maybe someone will find what I'm saying to be useful .

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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict
    The reason I got all in depth about it is because of the link the OP referred to regarding the Carnegie bar. That thread discussed the different bar height options. The OP of this thread was asking about different angles to run the bar. I guess to me it seemed that he was asking two different questions- What angle and what height.
    You are correct about them being 2 separate but related questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic
    I lightly snug down the bar, then get on my bike, close my eyes, and move them around until they feel right. It's about what works for you.
    agree. toss out the advice and adjust according to what feels comfortable on the bike.

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