The Ultimate Handlebar Positioning | BMX Basics

The Ultimate Handlebar Positioning | BMX Basics

How handlebar position affects your riding?

The handlebar positioning plays a major part in the control of your bmx, if you set it too far forward, you would end up shifting your weight too far over the front and that would affect your bunny hops, manuals, fakies, bar spins…

Kid Ride Position
Small people on big frame! This position is for smaller people like small kids to ride on bigger frames, it works fine but consider a shorter frame if you want to get the best performance.

Dirt Jump Position (Little back)
The bar sits a little back, this is a new style for dirt jumpers, they like this position for barspins and body positioning.

Standard Position (In line with fork)
The bar sits in line with the fork, most riders prefer this position, it gives good balance, good steering and good power. This position is set by default on new bikes.

Vertical Position
It would be a perfect position if you find your bike a little small! It strengthens the front end while giving you also good balance, good steering and good power.

Chicago Position
Big people on small frame! Anything like this or beyond will give you poor steering, unless you are low riders and ride it like a Harley Davidson. ***Don’t ride with this***

So which suits you best?

Let’s bring the bike out and see the differences between the standard and vertical positions.

After having the bike fixed and adjusted to standard position, the steering is great, the bar turns freely and the balance is amazing. I could hop the bike without leaning too far forward. This position makes the ride great again.

Now let’s set it to the vertical position and see how it goes.

The vertical position brings some weight on front end, what I noticed the most is it really strengthens the front wheel like I have more control of it. The bar turns freely and the steering is as great as it should be. The position is great and I find it giving me a better jump.

What do you guys prefer? Which position suits you the best on your BMX? Please leave your comment below.

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12 Comments

  1. Smizzy04 on November 16, 2022 at 7:02 am

    When I was bmxer I had the dirt jumper but after I changed to standard.. But also I still have my bmx but I’m not riding it anymore
    BTW nice video

  2. kS3big ksudjoht on November 16, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Chicago Position: Black people on small frame.

  3. Christopher R on November 16, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Confwucious say wherwever you go, gwo wiv all yaw heart.. & a bwand new bmx cult aw wtp ovwer 1 gwand

  4. Mohammad. Nazam. on November 16, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Thanks that helped me.

  5. 999mat_the_one999 on November 16, 2022 at 7:20 am

    I used to ride with vertical I just changed it to standard today and the bars look so far back even tho their not and now my knee is like an inch away from hitting the bars but I changed it because people were saying how far forward my bars are

  6. Volts on November 16, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Using vertical rn, might switch to standard tho

  7. sweetpetro on November 16, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I ride a 26" BMX in between Standard and vertical rn. I’m tall so more room and control feel fine. Might switch back to standard to feel the difference again.

  8. BlVck Phillip on November 16, 2022 at 7:39 am

    I’m from Chicago….

    So you know how I’m coming.

  9. CentipedeKid on November 16, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Chicago feels good my knee hit the bars on anything further back

  10. identity on November 16, 2022 at 7:43 am

    i have a pretty small bmx and was using standard before but switched to vertical today. turning feels very weird and not sure where to put my weight, any tips?

  11. II on November 16, 2022 at 7:47 am

    How do u bunny hop like that,great vid buddy!

  12. Ozzy on November 16, 2022 at 7:49 am

    i been riding kid position not knowing how important handlebar positioning is, i’ve only noticed when i been practicing bunny hops and manuals for a while and because i’m a noobie and the bike’s new they moved back significantly and so when i looked up this video, after trying it for half an hour it made everything much easier.

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