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New bars - width

forgotrafeforgotrafe Posts: 637
edited March 2010 in XC and Enduro
I had the opportunity to get a set of Easton MonkeyLite XC Carbon bars at about half price (totally legit) so I took it.

They are 685mm wide - 50mm wider than my current bars which I've had since I got back on a bike some three years ago - so it's what I know rather than what I know is good.

I ride XC mainly, there is some tight singletrack but nothing that I suspect an inch less clearance will matter on.

Shoulder width - I am quite broad and as best as I can tell, the new bars are slightly less than 6" wider than my shoulders.

So question is, should I try running the new bars at their full width for a bit? Or just cut them down to 635 before fitting?


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    try them.
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  • DMRrider95DMRrider95 Posts: 212
    yeah try them you cant stick bits back on if you change your mind
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  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    As above. I have some 720 mm bars and I still find myself riding with my hands on the ends.
  • LangersLangers Posts: 95
    you may find that your handling is a bit slower or you catch trees more than you used to. If it becomes a problem it should be fine to cut them down a bit. It may be worth checking if easton bars have re-inforced clamping zone at the ends though...
  • peter413peter413 Posts: 5,120
    I run 745mm bars on my xc bike and they are great!

    Try them for a few rides before you decide to cut them down. I was forever hitting my new bars off stuff after coming from 630mm but stuck with it and will never go below 700mm again
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