How Wide Should Your Mountain Bike Handlebars Be? GMBN's Guide To Bar Width
How Wide Should Your Mountain Bike Handlebars Be? GMBN's Guide To Bar Width
What width bars should I get for my MTB? It’s a question we hear all the time! There’s several factors to think of when choosing a new bar, width, rise, roll, style and a huge amount of personal preference! So here’s our guide to handlebar width for mountain bikers.
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Handlebar width affects how your bike handles and feels out on the trail. If you’re a downhiller, you might want to consider going wide; possibly up to 800mm. Even XC riders are going wide now – some up to 700mm.
In this video, Marc and Neil run through how to work out your ideal bar width and how your riding style might affect the bars that you run.
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I just spent $6 USD for brand new bars that are 710 mm. I guess I won’t cut them. 😀
I’m 2 and I have a -1mm stem with 1000mm handle bars
been riding for 25 years on my xc I run 80mm stem with 640 bars perfect set up for me.
R. I. P my 680 bars
Im using an XC bike with rigid fork, 760mm wide bars with an enduro/short stem.. my hands feel numb after few km’s of riding.. what should i do to be more comfortable? Thanks
I run 1,5meters handlebar.
So I roll on a 04 Supergo Wyless SP medium frame 26′ wheel, that is basically a Santa Cruz knock off, best bang for the buck bike back then. Anyway; love my old bike and want to upgrade, I’m thinking stem and handlebars, I’m 5.11′ 140lbs wide shoulder. So I currently have a 100mm stem slight rise with a 20′ handlebar race face DH bar, I do not know how short of a stem I can go with out cramping the cockpit, or how wide on the bars. I think I can get away with wider bars because I’m long armed, but to long of stem might make the up hills a little twitchy. any helpful input would be nice!
im old fashion dont like any of them want the old style bars with the high raise. 71 and dont have the bend over desire as you young pups want to be in a not so bent over cramped style dont care about speed just comfort
800 master race? I’m 5’11 and ride a GT avalanche hardtail
760 bars with 20mm rise 40 mm stem 3mm rise an i think 9 degree sweep on the bars on my gt pantera sport+🤘
720mm came stock with my Scott Scale XC MTB and they feel really good for my 5’10” bulky build on the Scotts medium frame.
Optimal bar width is largely affected by the rider’s arm length and shoulder width. You said 740mm is right for you, but this is not helpful because we don’t know your dimensions. Perhaps you could interview some of pros and semi pros and compare their arm-span to their preferred bar width, and include the type of riding they do. (I’m 6’1" and my arm-span is 77". I do exclusively cross country stuff. I’m open to suggestions. Thanks.)
The width of most bars today just seems ludicrous to me. Some of you are riding bars that barely fit between telephone poles. How much leverage could you possibly need? You’re not using your front wheel to pry open a safe. I’m currently running the longest bar I ever have at 650mm (120mm stem) and even that seems too wide for me. Even with the 650mm width I can’t lean into turns like I’d like on tight trails. I just don’t get it. You crazy kids today . . .
i’m using a custom make 1000mm handle bar. anyone else beside me?
is 720mm fine
Hey guys quick question what’s the average bar width for downhillers back in the 90s to 2010?
I am riding xc with 780mm riser handlebar. Is that too ridiculous?
Going back to narrower bar with longer stem. The extra energy I’ve used to fight the wandering front end on long climbs is not made up on the descents. But again, my riding focus is climbing.
From 12 to 16 years old I was riding kid bike with extremely narrow handlebar. Recently I got new bike and it has 780mm bar. It’s so uncomfortable..
HEY THERE THANKS FOR THIS GOOD VIDEO.
WHAT ABOUT THE THEME:"MATERIAL THAT THE HANDLEBARS ARE BUILT !?.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHANGE FROM ALUMINUM TO CARBON FIBER!?
GREETINGS FROM BOLIVIA!
i run 720 on my freeride/downhill bike, and 780 on my street bike… I have no clue why its not the other way around
I have a ’97 Jamis Dakar with the original bar, flat Titec 560mm. It always seemed fine to me, but several years back I purchased an Easton EA70 monkeybar which is 685mm which is like 5" longer! Never used it–in my hands it feels so wide, but I hate to cut it down. Maybe I’ll try it as it is.
Wow. This is only three years old but it already seems quite dated. XC race bikes these days generally have short stems and wide bars, matched with a long cockpit.
what about puting a protaper motocross handlebar !! 😀
i ride 980mm
Mine is 35 mm, 27.5 mm rise, 780 mm width. It is just the stock handlebar that came with my Trek Remedy 8! Should I consider going a bit down on the width? Perhaps to 740 mm? Would I notice any substantial difference?
ur ass is too high when u doo push ups
I ride with 620 mm bars
My hardtail i ride is at 760mm bars and a short 35mm stem
1200mm bars and 3mm stem and im 85
750mm std KONA XC/BC 35 bars….
I’m 6’4” and my wingspan Is 7’8” is 800mm gonna be chill or what do u guys think
GLOBAL mtbn… their all british
what brand of mountain bikes or city bikes offer the most upright positioning possible and only hardtails please? Excluding cruiser bikes unless they have a good amount of gears and front suspension, which isn’t basically a cruiser after stating those features to my knowledge. Looking to sit really upright with or without bmx bars.
the pushup is bullshit, pushups isnt a preference thing.
putting your hands wider and it will have more effect on your chest
putting your hands narrower and it will have effect on your triceps
the correct pushup form is putting your hand perfectly under your shoulder
I always ride with bars cut all the way down to roughly 65cm. Have no issues with stability or speed, also helps weave the bars between trees on narrow trails as dude on the right pointed out.
The opposite will always be said by those used to different setups, like the guy on the left who was a long bar user, he struggled to comprehend the short bar use but also struggled to justify the (actual) benefits of long bar use. You just get used to what you’re using or have always used, his comments on confidence were invalid really.
I ride a light cross-country full sus frame, with downhill bars on a cross country long stem. Downhill spec gears (shinamo ZEE + SRAM Cassette) with a (modded to 1 speed – previously 3 speed) cross country crank set. Downhill front air shocks on downhill wheels.
It’s perfect for my mixed riding discipline and it’s taken me years to mix and match the parts into a perfect cocktail.
I would never buy a band new pre-configured bike for that reason, always build from second hand. Save money and invest savings in custom set-ups.
I purchased a mount- bike it came with 24" bars It felt unstable as if I would lose my balance. I brought new bars at 27.5 now the bike feels like I’m setting on a rock After grips they’re now 30 inches. BETTER but it won’t get through the bathroom door.
Do you recommend Easton ea 30 riser bar or race face evolve riser bar? Same price here.
I’m considering buying new handlebar, should I buy a 75 dollar renthal fat bar or a 30 dollar generic brand bar. Is the extra money worth it?
I just think wide bars look cool
Do people really not know that a mil is an actual unit of measure, and calling millimeters mils is just annoying and confusing. It takes like 80 MILLIseconds to add "emeter" onto "mil"… No one can really be that lazy.
What is the longest handlebar?
I’m like 5.8 and ride 780mm bars 😂
Neil the guy to tell you fairytales are real and you beleave it
i love 760mm
Bar width is a preference honestly. There is really no right size