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    What length handlebars do you use for SS

    Hi All,

    Tried to do a number of searches and looked at the FAQ but I'm wondering what length bars you guys are using. I realize the size of the person will factor in - I'm 5 10' - and using 680mm bars. They are comfortable and all but I'd like to upgrade.

    I'm looking at some 580mm bars but not sure if I'd regret it. Guess I'll experiment on my next ride but was curious what others are running.

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    i'm running 600mm bars and i kinda want to cut them down to 580mm.

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    I like em wide...710mm.

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    I am using 685's. I like to stay between 650-700.

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    that's a big stick.

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    forgive the ignorance, but is there something i'm missing about running wide bars on an SS (or any bike)? what are the advantages of running such a wide bar?

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    Leverage for climbing. My old SS had cut down XC bars from my wife's old bike and they are definitely no fun. That's why I am concerned about going too narrow.

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    ah, gotcha. i guess i'm not at a disadvantage then because the only climbing we do down here in flat Houston is the climb up the driveway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    that's a big stick.
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    730mm on 1, 710mm on the other...the 710mms were included so i kept em but 730mm is my preference

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    762mm. I don't really need them that wide but I figured I would rather start wide and cut it down till it feels right. Turns out the full 30" feels pretty darn good, and makes a nice difference on climbing leverage and on downhill stability in the rough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    Thanks!

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    640 to 660 mm on 90 mm stems.

    I think I'll try shorter stem and wider bar next.

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    after reading that, it makes me want to go to wider bars and a shorter stem. i have a 90mm stem and a 24in bar. when i got this bike a few months ago, i noticed the sluggish steering. it makes sense now, thanks to that article.

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    carnegie's, so 685 mm but they feel a lot wider than that...

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    wide & flat?

    710mm Bontrager riser bars at the moment. Leverage? Check. Enhanced stability? I think so. Opening up the chest? Absolutely. 710 may be excessive based on my shoulder width, but it is comfortable. I am knicking trees here and there in the tight stuff.

    I'm curious what the widest, non-custom, moderately priced flat bar is. I've seen Eastons @ 685. Is that it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzumbi
    710mm Bontrager riser bars at the moment. Leverage? Check. Enhanced stability? I think so. Opening up the chest? Absolutely. 710 may be excessive based on my shoulder width, but it is comfortable. I am knicking trees here and there in the tight stuff.

    I'm curious what the widest, non-custom, moderately priced flat bar is. I've seen Eastons @ 685. Is that it?

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    Salsa sells a 710mm and a new 780mm

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    I think Chromag still has a flat version of one of their bars. Moderately priced? Depends on your idea of moderately priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Depends on your idea of moderately priced.
    Hows this...not as blingy as $150+ Moots bars, but of sufficient pedigree to warrant placement on a Moots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    Salsa sells a 710mm and a new 780mm
    780 Salsa's. Got them with the intent of cutting them down if needed but I found that the extra length really helped climbing and tech stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    I think Chromag still has a flat version of one of their bars. Moderately priced? Depends on your idea of moderately priced.
    correct...chromag does though i find the mild rise in concert with my current setups of front travel, HT lenghts, etc. to work perfect

    and no, not "cheap"...not for non-carbon bars anyway but Chromag, like others I patronize, is a company i am more than happy to support by paying a premium

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    660 and I'd go wider if I found one cheap and comfortable enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    correct...chromag does though i find the mild rise in concert with my current setups of front travel, HT lenghts, etc. to work perfect
    With my current bikes, I've always had problems getting a low riser low enough. I believe there's a new Chromag frame in "charcoal" color waiting for me at the post office. Maybe a flat Chromag bar would be a good match... "black" or "root beer"?

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    I just noticed that Blackspire and Nuke Proof, at least, have big and tough flat bars too.
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    620mm. I have trees to slice between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    With my current bikes, I've always had problems getting a low riser low enough. I believe there's a new Chromag frame in "charcoal" color waiting for me at the post office. Maybe a flat Chromag bar would be a good match... "black" or "root beer"?

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    I just noticed that Blackspire and Nuke Proof, at least, have big and tough flat bars too.
    no...go chromag bars fo sure!

    i have the black bars and they are cool though the root beer is way cool too

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    Favorite bar on my Soulcraft --- Groovy Luv @ 28" w/ 21.5 degree sweep
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    Race Face Atlas FR on my rigid ss. Probably too wide but I like em. The leverage is great. Clearance can be a little sketchy though.

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    Salsa Cro-motos on both my bikes at 670mm. IMO they are perfect: stiff, strong and definately not weight concious so one day I'll leave one each to a grand-kid or at least to a couple of hookers. They are chromed, heat-treated chromoly steel, but good luck finding them as Nitto only made a short run for Salsa.
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    Niner Flat top bar, 710 wide, $50. Just ordered one for my SS. Check the Niner website.

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    720 with 90 stem

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    580 flat bars with bar ends. Suck on that!

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    760mm, 90mm stem.

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    still tap trees with it in the local single track

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt
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    7000nm = 0.007mm

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    I'm running 685s and I thought they would be too wide at first as I am a 5'6" S/M kinda guy. I have since fallen in love with them. I almost want to try something a bit wider just to see how it feels.
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    685mm on 150mm stem on SS
    660mm on 105mm stem on FS geared

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    This offers a recipe for stability not bike handling. Within reason wider will be more stable. So will a bike with a wheelbase like a stretched limo.
    It'll also handle like a stretched limo.

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    with a wide bar, you get the stability. with the short stem, you regain the handling that you potentially lost by going to a wide bar.

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    Indeed. Bike fitting is complex. Randomly oversizing a particular component may even work.

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    Wider but still not as wide as some of you...

    What length handlebars do you use for SS-hbar_1024.jpg
    I used to believe in flat, 560 mm bars, but now on SS I'm moving to wider bars like on the pic. Nevertheless, despite being 6'4" and having very long arms, I feel awkward on anything wider than 620 mm...

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