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    Why do some singlespeeders prefer narrow sweep bars?

    You know, the ones that look like kiddie trike bars?
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    Are you talking about narrow, high-sweep bars (AKA "alt bars")? Jones/Mary/Space bars?

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    Why, you get one?
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    Many feel they're great for climbing (esp. standing climbs) and comfy for wrists. They're probably best matched to a rigid SS. I've tried 5-6 of them.

    Origin8 Space OR II is ~$50, doesn't require a new stem, and is wider than a lot of similar bars (675mm c-c by my measuring tape). Worth a try...

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    What's your definition of narrow? It's typical that bars with a higher degree of sweep are wider than 'normal' bars.

    My bars are 30" wide ( 770mm).
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    Quote Originally Posted by azjonboy View Post
    It's typical that bars with a higher degree of sweep are wider than 'normal' bars.
    It is? "Typical" meaning: more often than not?

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    Personal experience is yes, more often than not.
    'normal' to me is 25" or 630mm, roughly

    Here's an old link, but good info from back in the day. Some of these are no longer available.

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    Now, I'm tempted to try some out!

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    I had some on a commuter rigid SS when I lived in Austin, TX. Was pretty awesome for standing and mashing up hills and comfy on the wrists on longer rides.
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    I don't think many people are using "narrow" bars with sweep on mountain bikes these days. they may not be into XXL downhill bars either, but very few people are willingly running anything narrower than 700mm.

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    I'm currently running 665mm wide bars with 6 degrees of sweep on my SS. Just not comfortable with anything wider than 680mm.
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    This is what I use on my singlespeed. Love them so much I bought another set for my full squish geared bike.

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    I have 2 bars that are 680, 1 that is 660, and a new one that is 750. The 660 is on the SS, but I love the 750 so much it will make the rounds this summer. Who knows what I will be hangin on to come fall.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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