Which upgrades?

mottles
mottles Posts: 203
edited May 2010 in MTB buying advice
I've got a wish list for the upgrades i would like to pick up for my pitch. Question is which out of new tyres or a wider handlebars would be more benificial?

I don't like the stock specialized tyres, I want something a bit fatter and I've heard nothing but good things about high rollers.. But saying that I don't really like the bars either.. Their width is to small and I don't like the rise.

Which of the 2 upgrades would give me more bang for my buck.. So to speak.

Cheers!
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Comments

  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    Tyres will always improve the bike more than bars, changing bars only affects how easy a bike is to control, not what its capable of! Most OE fit tyres come nowhere near the aftermarket, as by definition they are a compromse, the manufacturer doesn't know what surface you'll be riding on!

    Why not keep an eye on the bay or classifieds for bars while getting the tyres new?

    Simon
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • Tough chioce really - Tyres are obviously a major factor, but they don't effect every ride. The ones you already have will suit some conditions and not others. You could buy 5 different tyres and still have the worng ones on the bike for what you need on the day. Bars on the other hand will make a permanent change which will alter the control of the bike - in all conditions.

    Both would be the best option, but as always money is a factor :roll: - How about looking for some used bars and maybe start by getting just one tyre for the front and see how it goes? :D
  • mottles
    mottles Posts: 203
    I've just ordered a new pair of high rollers ready for Cannock chase this bank holiday.

    I've found 2 potential handlebars I like the look of, the pro atherton mid rise and the '10 Easton havo. Downhill.. Anyone had any experiences with either?
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  • CycloRos
    CycloRos Posts: 579
    The stock tyres on the pitch are pretty good IIRC, they're Eskar's aren't they? I doubt you'll notice much difference between them and HRs except if the stock ones are worn.

    I'm a big fan of Easton's 685mm Monkey bar wide but not stupidly so...
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  • BigAirNig
    BigAirNig Posts: 296
    Depends what you want from your upgrade ......

    I love the Easton Monkeylite bars - low rise and 685mm wide .....
    Really do absorb trail buzz well and add comfort to the part you hold on to + the width gives good control - have a comfy sweep to them too.
    Rocky Mountain Altitude 50 (+ upgrades.....!)
  • mottles
    mottles Posts: 203
    I had some monkey lite's on my hardtail.. They were really good.. After something a tad wider now.
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  • BigAirNig
    BigAirNig Posts: 296
    What about the Race Face SixC bars - they may be wider?!
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