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    handlebar width... seems like wide is all the rage

    i just purchased a used SS Salsa Selma lovingly equipped with a Moots Ti straight bar from the previous owner. i'm down right now with a couple broken ribs and haven't been able to ride it but the bar seems narrow @23.5" or nearly 600 mm.

    cockpit feels a little tight compared to the 660 mm bar on my rize. how do you all set up your SS 29er? most 29ers i see have a straight bar that looks to be about 660 mm. is that purely for handling or is there a leverage advantage to be had while mashing up hills?

    the gear whore in me wants to order something new and wide, but the Ti is so beautiful that i can't let it go.

    pics soon, i promise.

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    you can definitely feel the extra leverage, when you have to stand and hammer.

    i'm 5-8 and ride with a 700mm riser bar on my 29er. i run a real short stem though, to help regain some of the handling.

    check out this recent thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=627337

    and check this one out also: http://forums.mtbr.com/search.php

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    i cut mine down about 2 inches
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    i cut mine down about 2 inches
    of course, leverage matters more when you have hills or mountains to climb

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    of course, leverage matters more when you have hills or mountains to climb
    ha!



    i prefer a slightly longer bar. I also like a longer grip so i can hold on more inboard when i feel like it.

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    Yeah, wide is nice on the climbs and the downs. I have seen that wider than 27 inches is pushing it for me, it gets harder to throw the frame back and forth when hammering. I have some 27 inch carbon lowrise sunlines that I love.

    PS. you can have you cake and eat it too, Seven does custom Ti bars if you want Ti and wide.
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    Thanks all. I ordered a 660mm 5 degree Salsa moto flat bar for $35. it's heavy but at least i'll be able to figure out if it works for me with less risk.

    but yeah, what i *think* i want is a 700 mm Ti flat bar with about a 7 degree sweep.

    we will see.

    PS. 25.4 is dead... was hard to find anything that wide AND flat, especially in the smaller clamp size.

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