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    What's your Handlebar width?

    I noticed a lot of XC racing handlebar are narrower than all-mountain type bars, especially like the Easton bars.

    What bar size do you guys use?

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    650 mm. Any wider and it won't fit through trees on my local trail.

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    685mm on one and 690mm on the other.

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    700mm stock on the Flash 1. A bit tight, but not too bad for the mountain west.

    Is that considered wide?

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    710mm...

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    660mm right now but thinking of going 685 or 711 (ec70 vs haven carbon)

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    640mm, but thats coming from my east coast roots, where if it was any wider wouldn't make it through the trees. Haven't changed width though in about 5 years, was a bit narrower for sure!

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    About my shoulder width which is the way I like it. I really don't know what that measures out to.

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    I went to a 685 this year, Last night I pulled out my old bars that I had on my bike 3 years ago and they are about an inch shorter on either side. I really like the wide bars now better on the tech climbs and rocky sections.
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    711's here. I've often debated going a tad bit narrower, but I'm too lazy to go about doing it.

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    I'm right around 670mm

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    720mm (Niner straight carbon bar) nice but probably a bit wide. It doesn't fit through the trees in tight singletrack, I have to "shimmy" to get through...

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    700mm I have broad shoulders though and it feels better

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    660 mm on my Epic 29er. I have not tried any others on this my first XC racer.
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    710mm Niner carbon bars, I'm 6'6 and use to 28 inch wide bmx handle bars.
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    I've recently bought a second hand Scott Scale 20 with 600mm Pilot bar. Felt wierd at first but now after a couple of races I love the sprightly steering and compact feel. Rode my old bike with 680mm bar last night and it felt uterly stupid like a cartoon bike at first. Soon got used to it again though. I think you can get used to most things.

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    I like wide bars but I can't get away with them in the southeast.
    680mm is the best compromise here.
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    660

    Going wider for next season. Eyeing the Enves...

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    720. Wide bars just handle far better for me, especially when paired with a shorter stem.

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    Used 710 for most of the season using a 660 now to try out. I do notice I can flick a little better when flying through singletrack and have a bit more confidence in the tighter sections, it just feels like a really narrow bar right now especially with bar ends (luckily no gears to make it look even smaller).
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    670mm currently on the XC bike and if I swap those it will be for around 660mm. Width depends on shoulder width too and I find that these are a good fit for me.

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    720mm bar with 100mm 5 degree stem

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    Hmm mine are 585. Of course they are 8 years old..

    Why are all the newer one so much wider?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    Why are all the newer one so much wider?
    Jeezus, 800mm??

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    700mm Flat

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    711 (28 in). 685 is as narrow as I'd go. Single speed demands the leverage of a wider bar.

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    Run 685mm riser on my SS and AM but 635mm Easton EC90 Lo-Rise on my race bike.

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    1900 mm

    This guy needs bar ends and he will be set imo.
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    Started with 640mm and now down to 600mm, strictly xc riding in the woods.

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    685mm, going wider with next purchase.

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    710mm. Love the wide bars.
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    690 (FS) and 680 (HT) low rise -6 degree stem and 680 (SS HT) flat bars 0 degree stem.

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    Went from 635mm Easton carbon Monkeylites to 700mm Enve low risers and saw a great improvement in handling, but I'm 6'4". Stem length should definitely shorten with wider bars and vice versa.

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    700mm Truvativ Hussefelt 20mm rise

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    700mm Enve Sweeps on the way. Hope I like 'em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    700mm Enve Sweeps on the way. Hope I like 'em!
    You'll love them. Just watch your knuckles.
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    711 now was 680 and kind of preferred the 680.

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    Wife and I got fitted at Erik's Bike Shop of Eau Claire, WI this weekend and they cut my bars down to 680mm from 700mm. They also swapped out my 100mm +5 stem for a 75mm -8 stem. I guess I was way off!

    They cut her bars down from 680mm to 640mm, and swapped out 90mm +10 stem with a 90mm 0 stem and removed about 3 inches of steer tube. Needless to say it was set up almost like a hybrid/comfort bike. Now it looks more like a proper XC racer bike.

    We tested out the new setups at Levis and Nine Mile. No complaints whatsoever. Of course it took a couple miles of riding to get used to it. My bike definitely steers faster, and I have more clearance between trees and other vegetation on the side of the trail. My wife is extremely pleased with her setup and for the first time in months is actually excited to get out and ride!

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    ... These are just a bit narrower than my shoulders.

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    685mm, 20mm rise. I'm 5'8" with a typical arm-span, and it may or may not be too wide fit-wise but it certainly works.

    Problem is, as others have mentioned, tree clearance. Upstate New York is quite heavily wooded, and every now and then, I find myself doing a track stand and bouncing the bars between trees sideways. New sport: 29er trials.


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    Wow, can't believe almost everyone is riding on wide bars these days. Will you guys laugh at me if I tell you I still ride with a 600mm flat bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycling Cyco View Post
    Wow, can't believe almost everyone is riding on wide bars these days. Will you guys laugh at me if I tell you I still ride with a 600mm flat bar?
    No, most girls prefer 600mm over 700mm bars.

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    550mm with ergon grip/bar end. Tight and twisty here in OH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2fst4u View Post
    550mm with ergon grip/bar end. Tight and twisty here in OH.
    That looks super fast in an old school sort of way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost_03 View Post
    That looks super fast in an old school sort of way.
    It is fast... His name is even fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41ants View Post
    It is fast... His name is even fast

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    Fast... not yet (just upgraded to cat 1)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2fst4u View Post
    Fast... not yet (just upgraded to cat 1)

    Old...yes. I just turned 40. (But I feel and act much younger)
    Haha nah I don't mean to call you old. It's just the setup reminds me of my first XC bike as a kid (a Rockhopper with risers in 2001); I distinctly remember mowing a few extra lawns to buy a narrow flat bar and bar ends because I saw all the pro racers with narrow flat bars and bar ends. I don't know if it made me faster or not but I was really happy with it.

    Seems like most pros today use wider flat bars without ends or low rise bars.

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    Went from Enve risers at 700mm with a 90/100mm stem to 680mm Enve sweep with a 110mm stem. I needed the lower position over the bars. I had to cut them after whacking a tree at every race. Couldn't bear to go any more narrow. I really like the Enve bars, lots of vibration damping.

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    750mm on my Giant Anthem X29er 1; 730mm on my Fisher Paragon. Yes, you do have to watch the hands when flying through the trees!

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    I have been wondering about this a little lately.

    My current setup is a 585 mm flat with stubby ends, which is super narrow by today's standards. I've used a 650 (maybe 680) mm riser in the past but never got too attached to it. I know my handling is really twitchy but I guess I don't see that as too much of a problem. I barely make it between some of the trees at speed on my local trails as it is, and I know I'd have to nearly stop to get through with the wider bar I used to run.

    It totally makes sense that it's easier to maintain control with a wider bar when plowing through rough terrain and obstacles, but with a hardtail you can't get too crazy with that anyway... seems like I lose control of the rear wheel long before the front.
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    Is there a regional dimension to this? Are the wider bars more popular with riders in the western US whose trails may be less "dense" with trees? As an east coast rider in the mid-Atlantic, many of the trail networks I frequent have areas that are very tight with trees. My intuition is that the gains from using a wider bar would be outweighed by hitting them or having to pick my way extremely gingerly through tight sections of trail.

    I envision the 700mm+ bars working great in higher elevations with less density of vegetation or above treeline.

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    My bars are wide enough to have crushed my pinky into a tree earlier this summer and to have taken a flap of skin off my palm on a contact three weeks ago. There are a handful of times in my area where I have to slow right down to rock the bike so that my bars clear some trees....and some areas, I just have to get off the bike. The upside to all of this is much, much, much better stability and control on root infested downhills and single tracks.

    Most of my riding is in the trees. Western Canada riding region.

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    OK I just got my first MTB ('12 Marin Sky Trail) and I don't know what size my bars are (I'm at work right now so I can't measure them).
    I just picked up a set of Easton Monkey Rise bars to get a little more rise than my stock bars and those are close to 1" wider on each end.
    Since I'm new to this sport, I don't know if I should cut them or not.

    Is wider better or is it just personal preference?

    My current bars have my hands positioned just barely outside my shoulders... barely.

    Right now I'm planning on just trying the new bars at full length and see how it feels.

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    Don't cut right away. Ride for a few weeks first. You can't add back what you cut!

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    660mm bars on geared and SS.

    Did a ride a 710s and they were just to wide for me.
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    690mm Bontrager bars on both of my bikes. Dont think i'll cut them down either, the width feels perfect, why change a good thing?

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    The bars on my Avalanche 3.0 were 685 stock...and upon measuring them today I realized they were actually about a quarter inch longer on one side...wow great job GT.

    Ended up evening them out and going down to 635 in the process, which I think will be much better for my ultra tight and twisty local trails anyways.

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    No more than 23". Any wider and it stresses my neck and lower back. I also utilize my core better and make more power in the saddle with a narrow bar.

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    580mm, why need wider? O_O
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    When I was a kid I rode the national AMA enduro circuit for Husqvarna and KTM. Out East, where I was from,we had very narrow bars with bark busters. When we raced out West out came the big bars which were great for the high speed open areas. Racing in the New Jersey Pine Barrens at 40 mph with an inch clearance on either side took a bit of psychological acclimation. Today I am comfortable with 680 bars and rotate my way through the narrow sections (usually).

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    Looks like a lot of people were riding sub 700mm handle bars just 5 years ago. I can't imagine riding on handlebars that are less than 750mm. My how times have changed.
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    Its 5 years later and I run a 690. That is about the max I can get away with.


    Our trees are short and dense twisting junipers that lean over trails and smash pinkies and Camelbacks.

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    Ha! just saw my post about me running 640.... I run 780mm on my enduro bike and 750 on my xc and 750 feel so terribly narrow when I switch bikes each time. I actually ran 800 for a bit and like it, but was clipping a few trees to easily

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    I settled on 690 on both of my bikes. I do "tap" the occasional tree now and then.

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    I am not a racer but have smashed my pinkie knuckles a few times. When I first went to 760 I clipped trees fairly often, but the more I rode the less often this happened. Now it's ingrained in my mind where the ends of my bars are. Once this happens pinkies are safe. I just went to 790 and 800 because the 760s were feeling narrow and I had 560s way back.
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    I run 750mm handle bars and it narrowly goes through a few doorways. Other than that I haven't had any issues when riding. I have considered going up to 760mm which I think would be perfect but the idea that the bars wouldn't go through the doorway easily kinda sucks. Having to turn the front wheel just to get it out bothers me. 750mm is good enough

    I rode my friends 800mm bars and felt with my size it was way too wide. Also, it looks kinda funny seeing the bike with such wide handle bars hehe
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