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  1. Mine are 780mm, but I am 6'2 with long arms, legs and wide shoulders, so from a proportion standpoint, I guess that isn't excessive. It feels quite comfortable actually.

  2. I'm 173cm tall, recently tried a 780mm handlebar and I loved the stability but I'm undecided on shortening a bit.

    The trails here are usually open and the width is no limitation for riding, but it feels a little weird to climb with the arms that much open and we climb a lot, but I love the stability the wider bar gave me on the downhills (moved from 700mm bar)

    Do you get used to the wider position while climbing for long periods, like 50-60Km routes with 1200m – 1800m of climbing? What would be a happy medium if I'm happy with 780mm for descending but l want to improve the ascending a bit?

  3. Dude love your videos and thanks for making this video ! this will laminate my point of cutting my bars down , I thought I was the only short guy who thought that narrow bars are a good thing .

  4. Copped a Selcof 740mm carbon riser bar recently from PlanetX (They claim it's a 50mm riser but in reality looks more like a 25mm riser). Priced about 100bux, super light at 160grams but still really stiff with better ride compliance than my previous aluminium bars. Could not imagine going any wider either (I'm 172cm/5'7)

  5. I agree that the best width is very close to your natural push-up hand width, easy to play around with and take measurements. I've tried going wider and had several bad crashes hooking a bar on branches and also experienced pinched nerves in the shoulder from going too wide that were seriously debilitating. It's an ergonomic issue that relates to shoulder width. Ever seen some big dude's girlfriend trying to ride 800mm bars cuz its what's cool. It looks really un-natural and will probably create shoulder problems. Initially, the beauty of wide bars was that it brought the riders weight forward even though they had transitioned to shorter stems which steered better. Everything in moderation, Grasshopper; find the balance for your body on each bike, as they all have different reach/stack dimensions and of course, you have a quiver of bikes to suit different biking disciplines. Some are tuned for climbing, others for descending and then there's that perfect "Trailbike" that does it all on your home court. Bottom line: trends can be good but not gospel. Gotta tune things to your own ergonomics and the focus of a particular steed…

  6. Thank you ! Excellent topic💎coz my bike so far but i have been wondering exactly about the span of my handlebars😳🇺🇸all i know is wider bars i can get agile on the bike my old 29"er but now im on a 27.5er and better set-up. So, im learning.

  7. Just got back into mountain biking after a 30 year absence. My 1988 specialized stumpjumper comp I built up (and still have) has 19 inch bars. That's 482.6mm now that's narrow. The bars on my Bronson feel SOOO wide to me. It's taking a lot to get used to and I'm constantly thinking of cutting them way down. My how times change…

  8. I have 780mm bars now and its a problem for me. I have 190cm, but i previously rode my 660mm hardtail and now i cant get used to wide bars on my full suspension bike. Its funny, but when I hop back on my 660 hardtail I feel a lot more alive on bike and turns are easier for me.

  9. Cool vid. Subbed 🙂
    Nice to see your experimentation with different set ups for your different bikes.

    Without trying to get too technical, this is how I've come to understand how the different lengths of your cockpit controls affect the handling. Handlebar width needs to combine with stem length to make sense. I find that stem length has more of an impact on the actual handling and quickness or ease of turning the bars, while the width really is all about stability and control. Imagine 780 bars with a 120mm stem. The bike will turn like a bus but shorten that stem to 35mm and you're turning like a gokart.

    Back in the day when we had narrow bars, the stem was long. As bars have widened, so stems have shortened fortunately. This should put your torso into roughly the same position on the bike when seated. It's up to each individual to find that ideal set up depending on their type of riding.

  10. Mine came with a 750mm and it still startles me a bit. I feel it could be down to 700 or something, but I also don't feel like cutting and modding it out of its stock form. LBS said I'd get used to it. Btw, those manuals are sick. How long have you been riding?

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