Why are MTB handlebars so wide?

Mountain bikes have wider handlebars because the wider the riders grip is on the handlebars, the easier it is to transfer input from the hands to the wheel. It takes much less power to move a wider handlebar, but at the same time, you have to move the handlebars a lot more to make it go in a certain direction.

Are wider mountain bike handlebars better?

Making the switch to a narrower handlebar will wake up the front end of your bike making it more twitchy and easier to maneuver; while a wider bar will increase the stability of your front end and provide a calmer feel than before.

How wide is too wide for MTB handlebars?

In my experience almost no one needs bars wider than 800 mm and the vast majority of riders should be in the 700-725 mm range. Much wider than this and you are probably trying to tap into this same compensation since it is compromising your movement and stability.

How wide should MTB handle bars be?

Handlebar width should purely depend on the size of the rider and more importantly the width of their shoulders. The most common mountain bike handlebar widths range from around 710mm to 780mm. However, shorter riders may require much narrower bars, and very tall riders may require a full 800mm handlebar.

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How wide should my bike handlebars be?

The standard fitting advice is to get a handlebar as wide as the measurement between your AC joints. Those are the bumps atop your shoulders where the collarbone attaches just inboard of your deltoid muscle. But many riders prefer a handlebar slightly wider than their shoulders. A wide bar opens the chest.

Is 800mm handlebar too wide?

The short answer is “yes.” The long answer is, well, kinda long. At six-foot-three-inches tall, an 800mm handlebar allows me to get into a super comfortable and stable position while maintaining a posture that is conducive to both shoulder strength and mobility. A perfect world right there.

What does a shorter stem do on a MTB?

Using a shorter stem gives the bike quicker handling characteristics and a more responsive feel. A longer stem shifts your body weight towards the front of the bike and puts you in a better pedaling position, especially on those steep climbs.

Do wider bars increase reach?

As your handlebar length increases your reach decreases. A wider bar will shift more of your weight forward. … The general rule of thumb is to maintain a 2:1 ratio of handlebar width to stem length: for every 20mm increase in handlebar length you should reduce your stem length by 10mm.

Are wider handlebars more comfortable?

Wide handlebars also have their place, and some riders and bikes are better with them. … If your handlebars are too narrow, your shoulders feel strained when riding in this position. Bars that are wider than your shoulders feel more natural if you ride with your elbows locked.

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Are ODI Grips good?

The ODI Elite Pro is the best fat grip we’ve ridden to date. It’s a great grip for anyone with an open mind or sore hands.

Are 35mm bars better?

The main pros of 35mm bars are that they’re extra stiff and about 5% lighter. However, they offer a harsh ride and have small to no advantages over a quality 31.8mm bar.

How wide are XC bars?

PRO handlebars also come in a variety of width options with the trail and enduro-style bars typically coming in at 800 mm, while the flatter, XC bars ranging from 700 mm to 740 mm.

Should I cut my MTB handlebars?

Don’t be afraid to cut your bars down to get the right width perfect for you. Most handlebars nowadays come very wide and there is plenty of extra room to cut them down to size. Just make sure you are using the right tools.