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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. I think the optimal Handlebar-Width is you pushup stance distance. Thats the position you have most force and stability.

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Handlebar width is huge. I was struggling with the handling on my Ibis Tranny. I took an inch off each end of the bars, totally different bike.

  8. You're measuring the bar itself not the grips, right? Because lock on grips add 10-20mm over a push on grip, correct?

  9. 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?

  10. On my previous bikes:
    – Mojo SLR: 690
    – Ripley OG: 740 then switched to 800
    Current bike, Ripley V3: 770.

  11. Never considered cutting my bars till I saw this, I have also never considered my bars snapping on me, yikes.

  12. i have 800mm bars on my DH bike I wonder if I should cut it down to 780mm? I like how it handles right now in just curious.

  13. 5'10" and normally run 780s. Just building a Ripmo and purchased set of SQ Lab 780s with 12 deg backsweep instead of 9 deg. Interested to see how that changes things.

  14. Glad to see your intentions re a Trust Performance Message evaluation, Jeff – I’m interested too.
    Great videos! …they always leave me with a smile on my face!

  15. Dude… I wish I could ride like you. So fun, so sick. Love your videos, great attitude, polished production and always with a smile!

  16. I am gonna send my group to your channel to subscribe, you are knowledgeable and capeable. Super skilled.

  17. Ok… as a guy who went from an early 90’s Gary Fisher to stepping away from the sport and back again 3 years ago. I know suspension technology has gone through the roof from the 90’s as well as frame geometry is drastically different. I have said that the greatest advancement is handlebar width hands down. I totally get this video as I didn’t go through the width progression. I went straight from 1993 to 2016. Wow is all I have to say and I say that because of handlebar width.

  18. Very interesting man! I ride a medium Evil Calling with a 150 mm fork and cut down my bar to 770mm wide. It S a Deity bar that was 820mm wide with grips. Can you discuss bar rise? That would be also interesting . Very good content man ! Love your channel 👊🏻

  19. I'm 5'10" and I have 780mm bars because my older Santa Cruz Bullit isn't as long as the modern bikes so it makes the bike feel a little bigger.

  20. i had to subscribe to this channel. you seem like such a nice dude and your videos are excellent. not to mention you have some serious skills!

  21. I'm running 785 on my aggressive Hard tail NS Surge steel frame with 160mm forks.. my Girlfriends bars are cut at 670mm also on an aggressive Hard tail seams a bit short but she is only 5.6 and 110lbs narrow shoulders she seams to like them..

  22. Does your width of bars change depending on the rise. I feel best with 40 to 50 mm rise and 800 wide, but I'm 6 foot 1 and wide shouldered. I also have the reach of alot of people that are taller than me.

  23. Really interesting! I'm 5,8" also and definitely don't feel going any wider than my 760 bars! Bar height though is something I'm still experimenting with, currently at 1065, but in some cases I feel 1075 might be better? What do you think?👍

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