- High-strength 6061-series premium aluminum alloy with a shot-peened finish.
- Rise: Low rise
- Width: 730mm
- Bend: 9-degree backsweep
- Clamp diameter: oversized 31.8mm
XBP-HDB02 730MM WIDE LENGTH XC HANDLE BAR
210 in stock
210 in stock
BEST WIDTH LENGTH TO 27.5 OR 29ER BIKES
Regardless of all other physical dimensions, the width of mountain bike handlebars is what gives a rider control of the bike when riding off road. Width of mountain bike handlebars is a topic affected as much by fickle trend as anything. In the early nineties 530mm was considered normal, today no one even makes a sub 580mm mountain bike handlebar.
As a rule of thumb you should start with the width of your shoulders and work outwards from there. Remember you’re not trying to squeeze between city busses, but control a mountain bike in rough terrain. It is possible to buy mountain bike bars with widths of up to 800mm, though most riders (regardless of what sort of mountain bike they ride) settle on bars with widths around 720 – 770mm, giving an optimum of leverage without over extending arms etc.
As it sounds, backsweep (sometimes just ‘sweep’) is measured in degrees and refers to the angle of the bend rearwards from Zero degrees (which would be a straight tube and very hard on the wrists..). The old school 3 and 5 degree bends have been largely replaced with modern trends erring towards for greater levels of backsweep between 6 and 15 degrees. There is no right or wrong when choosing a backsweep angle, it’s really about what feels right you’re your hands and that works with your bikes specific top tube length and stem length.
Riser bars have a bend, or a pair of bends (depending on the brand of bar), each side of the central stem clamp zone. This adds height to the ends of the handlebar where the rider will hold the grips and operate the controls. Generally riser bars are used in more technical and steep terrain where the more head up riding position they give adds control. Measured in millimetres (or inches occasionally for the American brands) the choice of riser bar shapes and heights is wide.
Most handlebars, carbon alloy or titanium come with etched markings on the tips of the tube to help as guides if you choose to trim your new bar to size. Generally these are in half centimetre increments, occasionally they’re in millimetres. Whatever the markings, if you’re going to trim your new bar, make sure you really want and need to do it. You can’t easily add width to a narrow handlebar afterwards. We advise that you shift your controls and grips in board, to reflect their new position according to the width you’d like the bar to be. Ride the bike like that for a week or two and see at the end if you still want to make the cut. Often you’ll find yourself move everything back out a fraction.
Cross Country and trail (flat and low rise)
Most of the time cross country racer use flat handlebars with zero rise, this is because, as with road racing, the riders are usually trying to attain a low, powerful and wind-cheating position. If you’re not necessarily pinning a number to your bike, but just covering a lot of cross country miles, then you’ll probably want a ‘low-rise’ riser bar. These still allow a low power packed position. Without asking the rider to attain a riding position that is quite as extreme.
Recommended Flat bars – XC and low rise
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