Frequent question: How wide should your MTB handlebars be?

How wide should your handlebars be?

The standard fitting advice is to get a handlebar as wide as the measurement between your AC joints. Those are the bumps atop your shoulders where the collarbone attaches just inboard of your deltoid muscle. But many riders prefer a handlebar slightly wider than their shoulders. A wide bar opens the chest.

Are my MTB bars too wide?

If the bars paired with that stem are too wide, the steering will feel even slower, you will be bent over too much at the hips, and a strong riding position will be compromised. Narrower bars are used in this case to keep your chest open even when leaning forward in a climbing position.

How do you measure for handlebar width?

The width of a set of bars is typically measured from the two centres of the dropped section of bar, but some manufacturers measure from the outside edge of the bars so it’s worth checking which figure you’re looking at. Alongside the varying widths there are a range of options for the aggressiveness of the drop.

Is 800mm too wide?

The short answer is “yes.” The long answer is, well, kinda long. At six-foot-three-inches tall, an 800mm handlebar allows me to get into a super comfortable and stable position while maintaining a posture that is conducive to both shoulder strength and mobility. A perfect world right there.

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How do I know if my mountain bike is too big?

If your back, shoulders, or wrists ache after a ride, that could be a sign that your bicycle frame is too big. But don’t head straight for a smaller frame—especially if you don’t have those symptoms. A larger frame works better for some riding styles. A bigger frame allows for looser handling, which some people prefer.

Do wider bars increase reach?

As your handlebar length increases your reach decreases. A wider bar will shift more of your weight forward. … The general rule of thumb is to maintain a 2:1 ratio of handlebar width to stem length: for every 20mm increase in handlebar length you should reduce your stem length by 10mm.