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    Upset Oh you guys and your wide sweeped handlebars

    You were absolutely right. I had a set of Origin8 640mm 15deg sweep bars and just swapped to a set of Bonty Big Sweep RL 690mm 17deg and it made a difference I enjoy, the wider bar seems to help with a lot of trail chatter for me. I got this bar for only $10 from a local to basically test it out to move to a Salsa Carbon bar of the same specs.

    Well thanks for pestering with the wide bars folks!
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    more sweep

    after experiencing riding an alt bar (space or2), i don't think i will ever go back to bars with little to no sweep. the natural hand position is an instant click. i ordered a mary for my other bike as well to play with different options.
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    I had used; Jones h-bar, Mary, Groovy Luv, and carbon Carnegies. (I still have a Carnegie on my rigid SS) But I recently put an Answer Carbon riser on my Jones. I like it. However, I have been having elbow (inside arm) pain that seems to be getting worse. I don't THINK they are related, but I'm not sure. I'm now thinking that may of my bars had too much sweep, and the newest doesn't have enough. I do know that wider is better, and I like the 720mm risers. I just think I wish they had about 17* of sweep...

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    I originally had a set of Mary bars but once I switched to a rigid for the front end dropped too much and it became uncomfortable. I still use the bars on a commuter and they're perfect for that.

    It even feels like my turning is better with wider bars, hills seemed easier with more leverage. Now with my luck I will wedge into a tree tomorrow.
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    I thought 690 was wide, too, at one time.

    Now I can't imagine going smaller than 800mm, unless I move to a state with trails 790mm wide.

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    I passed a guy with super wide bars on a local trail. I shifted to the right so we could pass one another but his bars were so damn wide he still hit me... I ride easton carbon dh bars at 711mm and I thought mine were wide.
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    The future.

    If I had 800mm bars on here I would be stomaching handlebar most days going between trees, these are probably about as wide as I can go maybe 720mm but I can only imagine the weight of a bar like that? Obviously carbon would be the way to go as you go wider.

    I plan to swap these to a set of Salsa carbon bars if I like the feel, and I so far do. Tried them with bar ends to test and it was no bueno.
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    Are you seriously going to clip trees with bars that are a tiny bit over 2" wider on each side than your current ones? My bar is heavy, though, as I got one on the cheaper side (Kore Torsion). But it goes with my hefty Nimble frame, so...whatever...

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    And i thought 680mm was wide. Geezzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Are you seriously going to clip trees with bars that are a tiny bit over 2" wider on each side than your current ones?
    Depending on where you ride, Yes.

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    30" bars are where its at! I live in south central Pa and have no problems with trees. I couldn't imagine riding trails so narrow that my bars wouldn't fit...
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    Where in south central PA? I am going to assume a Michaux state forest homebase? I used to live on the southern border in the hills just above Fairfield before I got into mtbing. Now Im just waiting for the right time to take the bike up there while I visit my Dad. Are they as rocky as I suspect?

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    Also Im not sure what my bars are and Im too lazy to look right now but riding in the Raleigh NC area I sometimes hit them. The guys that built Briar Chapel actually included trail going in between tight trees to add some excitement. Unfortunately some guys built ride arounds because their bars were too wide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RigLS View Post
    Where in south central PA? I am going to assume a Michaux state forest homebase? I used to live on the southern border in the hills just above Fairfield before I got into mtbing. Now Im just waiting for the right time to take the bike up there while I visit my Dad. Are they as rocky as I suspect?
    I live in york pa, so I mainly ride rocky ridge and lake williams/redman. I have ridden the trails in the southern portion of michaux state park and the trails can get quite rocky and steep in sections, but VERY FUN! Also I didn't have a problem with my 30" bars there at all.
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    Why would u want bats that wide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknown-rider View Post
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    I live in york pa, so I mainly ride rocky ridge and lake williams/redman. I have ridden the trails in the southern portion of michaux state park and the trails can get quite rocky and steep in sections, but VERY FUN! Also I didn't have a problem with my 30" bars there at all.
    Neither Rocky Ridge or Williams/Redman are really really tight single track where you are weaving in and out of trees.

    Also, just to add to this debate in general. I'm far more likely to clip a tree when I'm racing and darting in and out as fast as I can. The average joe who just rides around is a whole lot less likely to be clipping trees with any bars. One example would be Coal Cracker Classic in NE Pa. Post race I talked to a few who were clipping trees with their wide bars. I had a few close calls, but escaped unscathed. It was very tight, freshly cut singletrack.

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    Once you go wide, you can't go back. I've found old motocross bars from the 70's are ideal sweep and width, and usually 5 bucks. I don't care about the weight much.

    Have you seen these?:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/17534977@N00/6227191168/" title="Genuine Bicycle Products &quot;818 Bar&quot; by Paul de Valera, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6104/6227191168_07b975512a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Genuine Bicycle Products &quot;818 Bar&quot;"></a>

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    Um, ok, ^those^ are weird.
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