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    Salsa 17 degree sweep too much?

    Anyone gone from 11 degree sweep bars to the Salsa 17s? Did you like it or revert back to your old less sweepy ways?

    Just curious....need some new bars for my ScandAl.

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    I went from the Salsa 11s to Groovy Luv Handles (~22 degrees). Absolutely no regrets.

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    I also rock the Luv Handles. Luv em.. Pun intended.. I have used them on geared bikes, SS and even CX bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny K
    Anyone gone from 11 degree sweep bars to the Salsa 17s? Did you like it or revert back to your old less sweepy ways?

    Just curious....need some new bars for my ScandAl.

    And YES. I searched. Post away, all!
    I worked my way through all degrees of sweepdom. H-bars, Marys, BS Moustache, Luvs and now on 17 degree pro motos. My favorite still are the Luvs, but I'm on a rigid fork and the steel was a bit too stiff.

    That said, I'm happy with the Pro Motos. You may need a longer stem to maintain your hand position because there is no forward sweep.

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    I have three sets of the 17d bars. I like them. Getting the angle perfect is really important. And anything wider than 630mm hurts my elbows and wrists.

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    I tried Salsa 17 degree bars, Surly Torsion bars at 15 degrees, and Mary bars.
    I didn't like any of them as well as my 11 degree Salsa bars. For me, 11 degrees is just right.

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    Your mileage will vary. Bars are very personal.

    I tried lots and lots of bars. I prefer Mary's so the Salsa 17* weren't too much sweep for me.

    If you're interested, I will sell mine as they've been collecting dust for some time. I sold off all the others that I tried during my experimentation period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny K
    Anyone gone from 11 degree sweep bars to the Salsa 17s? Did you like it or revert back to your old less sweepy ways?

    Just curious....need some new bars for my ScandAl.

    And YES. I searched. Post away, all!
    I have the Salsa 11 and the cheaper Moto Ace 17 degree bars. I run the 11 degree bars on my geared FS bikes, but love the 17 degree on my SS Karate Monkey. I had to move to a 130mm stem to get the cockpit dialed in, but they are comfy, wide enough for nice climbing leverage and they certainly help carve nice turns.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5084081098/" title="KM in the fall by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5084081098_8bf9aba63b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="KM in the fall" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5083486693/" title="KM front shot by singingsingletracker, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4108/5083486693_75bbe188c3_z.jpg" width="374" height="640" alt="KM front shot" /></a>

    You can usually pick up a used pair or find a sale on eBay that won't set you back too much to at least give them a try. If you don't like them, sell them as there are plenty who are looking for some at a good price.

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    I had the Salsa 11degree bar and a Syncros 10degree bar on 2 separate bikes at the same time. For some reason I found the Syncros to be a lot more comfy. I tried a 17degree Syntace Vector bar and that thing killed the outside of my palms. All of these were with rigid forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    Getting the angle perfect is really important
    Quoted to emphasize and expound. With these higher sweep bars the angle that you point them up or down has a huge effect; much more so than with traditional sweep bars. The angle changes not only hand and wrist angles, but where the pressure is on your hands too. The comfiest angle can also depend on how high you have the bars and how stretched out you are. I found my 17deg Salsa to be very comfy with the ends pointed down towards the rear hub, although this position was a slight compromise in some riding conditions. With a shorter stem they felt pretty comfy to me angled up a bit

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    I have Salsa 17d Pro Motos on my Jabber and I love them. I had Niner Flat-top 9's on there before, and with the width (which I like), I needed a bigger sweep- otherwise, I had wrist pain. Definitely needed a longer stem (about 20mm longer, I think), and the angle does make a big difference in how they feel.

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