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2 hours ago, AntonioGG said:

It's almost 2 years now.  Anyone that changed bars or width have updates?  

recently cut the wife's bars down on her XC bike from 750mm to 720mm and shortened the stem from 55 to 45mm. She said she's getting less wrist/shoulder pain and not as wary of tree gates as before. Park bike is still 760mm but she's having to wrangle a 35lb 180mm bike with them.

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I remain at 760 for my trail FS and 720 for my SS. Basically there are almost no tree gates that I have to worry about, the 760 is tight in a few places but I can get by without breaking my flow. the 800mm bars seem to be too big, when I rode 780's I felt like I was hanging over my stem.

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750 one two bikes, 760 on the other they all feel good. 780 was too wide for me and I kept clipping things.

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I have tried wider bars a few times.  I installed some 760 bars on my personal bike.  I ended up with hand fatigue and pain.  I reinstalled my old 720 bars and my hands were glad.  I couldn't figure it out.  Both bars had the exact same sweep and were angled the same way.  

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My Bronson is at 720 right now, and I like it. I tried 800 for a day, and it was miserable. Just an opinion, and to be honest I only gave it a few hours.

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760 is the sweet spot for me. Plenty of control and gets through the tree gates fine.

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I gave my 800 bars a solid year before cutting them down…all the way to 790!

I might cut them down again another 10mm. You can always cut more off, you can’t really add it back on as easily. I like them wide, I just need them fit between the treegates.


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yup, saw that and realized once again that the SQLabs 12° on my bike for the past three years has no need for improvement. it works for me in ways that a sweepier or staight-er bar would not. YMMV.

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I think I’ve made a garrote.

Once I’m done if anyone wants to borrow it let me know.

 

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I think I’ve made a garrote.
Once I’m done if anyone wants to borrow it let me know.
 
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Nunchucks!!


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