High Rise MTB Bars? 35/40mm Pros & Cons Explained

High Rise MTB Bars? 35/40mm Pros & Cons Explained

00:00 Intro
0:38 Body Position
2:20 MTB geo, bar height, and suspension travel
5:04 Raising and lowering the front end
8:58 Spacers vs. high rise bars

Mountain bike handlebar rise. What is it and how does it impact your ride? In this video, Jeff covers everything you could ever want to know about handlebar rise which includes flat, medium-rise, and of course, high rise as well as how to find the right bar height for you. We also cover the relationship between the handlebar and the number of stem spacers which in turn, affect the overall stack height. Because handlebars are one of the main contact points between you and the bike, it’s crucial that you find a handlebar rise that is a good fit for your bike and riding style. If you are a rider more focused on climbing, then you may want a flat or relatively low riser bar. On the opposite end, if downhill is your forte, then a handlebar with a higher rise like 20mm, 30mm, or even 40mm rise would be for you. More importantly, it can help alleviate back pain and keep you on the bike for longer periods of time. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want?

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50 Comments

  1. Matthew Spring on June 4, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    You did not mention the rider height, that also makes difference to what rise works for you



  2. Marcus Outdoors on June 4, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Useful video. Personally I found a huge difference moving to bars with a 12 degree sweep back, much less hand pain due to a more natural angle + the shift to carbon bars reduced vibration



  3. Lucas Rosamilia on June 4, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    What’s a happy medium Im trying to make riding in state game lands easier and it’s always up and down what should I get



  4. Lj Demaris on June 4, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    See he even admits it without even saying it you want to be leaned forward not the bike to keep traction on the tires even more evenly because they’re off evenly because the seat is up so high that any tilting from forwards to backwards cause you to tip over if you’re not leaning forwards yourself simple.



  5. Gary Roberts on June 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Have a 3TTT 50mm riser on my newly built steel Nishiki Alien and the comfort compared to my old flat bar bike is chalk and cheese. Admittedly a little less able to attack climbs but great fun going down the other side! Maybe i ought to also mention that i’m 61.



  6. Bizno Booyo on June 4, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Mines like a 50mm soma dream bar, also has like 25mm Backsweep
    I’m the only person I think that does single track with backsweep.
    90mm, but only 100mm



  7. Trevor willis on June 4, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    38mm👌🏻 way more comfortable 👍🏻 spices midway 👌🏻



  8. MTB CRYPTO on June 4, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    What stem do I need for this bar 35mm fat bar ? For Roscoe 8



  9. Worldwide Cyclery on June 4, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    What rise handlebars do you prefer?



  10. JayModz on June 4, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    I live in Florida where the trails are mostly flat with a lot of pedaling. What rise do you think is best for my type of terrain?



  11. DOn Castillo on June 4, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Haha



  12. m1n0 on June 4, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    raised bars > flat just because of the looks 😀



  13. j reh on June 4, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Currently have 7.5 getting new bike with 25…



  14. Dennis Cuba on June 4, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    I understand your explanation about how adding spacers would reduce the reach. But can I further reduce my reach by simply rotating one of these high rise bars back slightly?



  15. Timo Wesemann on June 4, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Considering 25mm as "High Rise" is a bit funny….



  16. MTL Montana on June 4, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    I usually go with 30 mm rise for the same reasons that the other ‘mature’ 😉 riders give: neck and back issues. I have the added issue of having long legs for my height. I’m 5’11" tall, so pretty average, but my inseam is 34" This means I have to raise my seat post in a size Large frame higher than most riders of my height would set it. Consequently, my bars are lower in relation to the seat than is comfortable for me. I also have long arms, so I don’t want to shorten the reach. So you are exactly right that a riser bar is a better option than stem spacers for someone like me, especially with the slacker head tube angles we’re seeing on "down country" and trail bikes these days. My new Scott Spark has pretty low stack height (602 mm), so I just ordered the 30x carbon bar with 45 mm rise from SQlab to put on that bike. This bar has 16 degree back sweep, which really helps my wrists.
    Thanks for the great video!



  17. Rob Rider on June 4, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Does this theory still apply if a rider has particularly long or short arms?



  18. Roméo Paris on June 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    I have a dirt jump bike, wich handle bar rise and width should I take?



  19. roberto R on June 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Yeah, as a nearly 60 year old guy who’s had back surgery, I think I’m going to raise my bars… plus, aerodynamics aren’t going to matter too much as I tow my toddler in the trailer on trails.



  20. RickyMillar on June 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    how long until someone makes a variable height "dropper bar" for enduro and sells it for a few grand



  21. Dev Horn on June 4, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Excellent video! Great work guys.



  22. Gabriel Panagua on June 4, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    i dont know why i havent seen this video before; this is like all i needed to know thank you.



  23. Stuart Corbett on June 4, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    🐐🐐🐐🐐 howling 😂 subscribed and liked



  24. Mel Limcaoco on June 4, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    👌👌👌🤘



  25. Phridz on June 4, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    i thought (…) intergalactic (…) was a cool name, they should change it 🙂



  26. 69 Sound on June 4, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Nice video, I want to rebuild and upgrade my old bike so it is more comfortable for my wife to use. She is about 20cm shorter than me, so it is quite a difference, but my bike was also configured to race XC, so the fork is very short travel, very stiff and the position is very leaned forward. I am actually going to put a 130mm travel fork in it with a high placed short stem and a 30 or 40 mm raise bar. That will take the bike from a pretty comfortable XC race bike to a more DownCountry lightweight hardtail (in the line of the aluminium Specialized Fuse, but running 26" wheels).

    Any advice on a super lightweight carbon hardtail frame to configure as a DownCountry mule with 140mm of travel and a 27.5+ on the back? I want to build a nice bike for me



  27. Ken Tobler on June 4, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Who’s gonna invent the adjustable bars that can be changed on the fly for climbing/descending like a dropper post?



  28. 4centhotdog on June 4, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    It seems like riser bars would still affect reach unless you rolled them forward proportionally to how much rise they have vs a flat bar. I’d think this would make the bike feel funny.



  29. Trogdordog04 Smith on June 4, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    What type of edge do I need to achieve the best flavor for scrambled eggs?



  30. Alco Power on June 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Maybe talk about sweep on a future video



  31. Gabbeloa08 on June 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Great video! I just want to say if you have rise bars you can angle the bars back more to give less reach rather than using spacers. It will feel a little weird but i got used to it 👍.



  32. Torda on June 4, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Is it okay if I put a short stem and a wide riser handlebar on a Grand Canyon?



  33. ayadal on June 4, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Love the videos. Keep em coming. I’m learning so much. Can’t wait to get my first mountain bike.



  34. Apiary Andy on June 4, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I think you failed to mention hand fatigue and possible tingling/loss of feeling. Riser bars and/or spacers will take pressure off your hands. You may find yourself resting, or holding yourself up, too much on the palms with the lower bars. I also see this with the trend of wide bars. Shortening the bars will put your hands closer together, and make you more upright as well.



  35. carl olivotto on June 4, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    just ordered some 75mm rise vibrocore bars, I’m a tall guy and get low back pain. hoping this will help!



  36. Soule Family on June 4, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I noticed the intergalactic comment and thought to myself, “what a badass name for a bike program to get kids biking.”



  37. Kenny Howard on June 4, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve been waiting for my PNW Range bars 😫😫😫. Supposed to be here a couple of days ago but they haven’t arrived yet.



  38. Lj Demaris on June 4, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    All right I’m going to call a little bit of not shenanigans but not misleading but I guess misunderstood that cross country bike that he showed did that look like the front end was lower than the back end of that bike or did it look like the seat was raised pretty high on that bike. And yes that it was the seat that was raised pretty high in that bike because they want maximum torque from their legs and him talking about the traction that’s why it’s important because it makes the front end lighter and lighter and lighter so you raise the seat up higher and higher and higher the bike frame is not tilted or slanted forwards it’s just the seat is up higher and the handlebars are flat and lowered that you can do on any bike if you look at that bike that bike is not slanting forward it is symmetrical to the bikes body and what isn’t is the seat for maximum torque which if you’re just riding around normally and really going up hills and stuff like that that’s that seat would not be positioned in such a manner because you would want as much torque as possible but you would need more stability in back to front weight limit scaling is what it is so know that bike was not leaning forward it just appeared to be by the eyes because the seat is raised up high when people do when they race like that when they lose those certain competitions because they need their maximum torque with the minimum wind resistance thus keeps they crush themself down to make themselves more aerodynamic and to do so you have to raise your ass up in the air to conversate for your head being in the air simple as that put your head down so far you’ll you’ll just tip right over forward so you have to have a balance none of the bike ain’t made tilted crooked just not that way not that like I said not that he’s giving it misinformation it’s just a misperception.



  39. Robert E on June 4, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    I think I watched that stupid goat probably around 20 times lol!!!!!



  40. Kudosbudo on June 4, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Coming from BMX 25 and 35 mm wasn’t high enough. Slapped 50mm on both my jump and trail bike. Stock bars on teh trail bike felt awful, was completely unable to lift the front wheel being so low. Changed the bars and suddenly was able to move it around.



  41. AshuraVFX on June 4, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    What is the perfect rise for downhill sorr when you said it in the vid but i‘m not sure what ist bettter an 18mm rise or an 35mm rise does anybody can help me?



  42. Marcel Knop on June 4, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Good Vid. I’m 197cm/6’5" tall and run 50mm riser bars in the quest for better stack height. I’m still below where I need to be by at least 30mm just to get my hands level with my seat. I’m running factory cut steerer (too short) with all spacers under the stem as well as a longer stem with 8 degree rise in an effort for more stack height. The issue is that bike manufacturers do not make the frame size geometry changes proportionate to the change in rider height as you go up the frame sizes. A sample of manufacturer frame geometry shows that small frames are for 155cm riders and XL frames for up to 197cm riders ideally. This is a 27% change in rider height, compared to an average change in stack height on most manufacturer’s frames of less than 2%. It’s therefore pretty obvious that a taller rider will need to go looking for more stack height by use of spacers, bar rise, steerer length and stems with a rise. To put it in perspective, the stack height on XL frames need to be at least 150mm higher than current geometries to be at the same proportional change to a small frame as that to the persons height. (This is obviously an oversimplification but you get the point.) Don’t believe me?. Take a look at different bike seat heights compared to handlebar height on different size frames and you will note that on trail bikes, almost without exception the XL frames seat height will be significantly below the bars and for smaller frames the seat height will be level with or above the bars. In my experience the difference in handling and comfort as you increase stack height towards the more ideal level is significant, and in my case helps me to improve my speed a lot.



  43. Kaisersozze on June 4, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    This was great info, thank you.



  44. Jay on June 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    40mm



  45. kevin adamos on June 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    What would you tecommend for a giant fathom 27.5



  46. Drew McDoanld on June 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Oh what up jeff caley?



  47. mariussik10 on June 4, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Hi all,
    I have a XC Front with 700mm flat bar and 100mm steam and i’m doing 50% 50% up and downhill, but I have so much neck pain after 1.5 – 2hours.
    What should I do without loosing that much benefit for the uphill: 700mm (or higher) rise bar with same steam, 700mm (or higher) flat bar with reduced steam (50, 60, 70?), or both?
    I just want to get rid of this neck pain.



  48. John Kim on June 4, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for finally addressing us with bad backs!



  49. D on June 4, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    You didn’t mention angled necks.



  50. Brian Hely on June 4, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Love WWC videos like this so much, just got another riser bar. I also think the trend of risers is due to dropper posts being prolific, and encouraging people to actually climb at the highest optimal point, hence makes sense to bring bars up too… But yeah as you said Jeff there’s a lot of factors, also you said intergalactic cycling association, total paradigm shift, then a hair cut mid video, next level