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Jesus...how wide?!? I do like the low sweep but, man, I'd be clipping my bar 90% of the time.
I won't know until I try.
Beautiful bike! 800 does seem wide, but I agree. Try them first. My Kona Process came with 740mm bars. It took a little while for me to get used to them, but I love them now. In the two seasons I've had the Kona, I've only clipped the bars twice and both times were more my fault (target fixation) than them being too wide.
I like the orange by the way. If you don't mind me asking, what brand are they and where did you get them?
Got the new handle bar in last night. Holy crap, I think I may have gone off the deep end! They are extremely wide, it feels like I'm piloting a school bus or something. I'll give it a few rides, but I wouldn't be surprised if I end up cutting them down. They put the shifter so far out on the bar that the cable is a tad short now, so I'll be redoing that in the near future. Not crazy about how the orange goes with the rest of the bike, but I'm not returning them just for that.
Here they are on top of the old bars for comparison.
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First ride on them is after work tonight, which will mostly be a night ride. If I don't report back tomorrow it's probably because I smashed my fingers on tree and can no longer type. :lol:
Brian on his new bike:
Used to always run 2.35 tires on the 26er, never had anything as wide as 2.4. For my last build I went with 2.3 and I'm not disappointed. The width of your rim is going to make a big difference on how different tires handle too. Not to mention the volume of the casing, which can vary quite a bit between different tire models of the same size.Here's a question:
I was doing some more research into tires. I've been running 2.4's on my bike for a few years. Does going to a 2.3 make any noticeable difference with regards to handling?
Not immediately. Gonna give it a few rides at least. We rode through some of the tighter stuff we have at Nass last night, and I managed without any trouble.
I was noticing how much wider mine are now on the new bike. I may narrow mine also.So, to bring this thread back to carnage.. I took a mental health day on Friday to do some riding on the new bike. Midway through my ride I clipped a tree with the enormous bars, and went down hard! It's funny how things seem to slow down as your hurtling towards a large rock. My first concern was the bike, didn't want it getting scratched up already, or worse, damaged. Luckily I managed to keep my body, specifically my shin, between the bike and rock. I'm now sporting a big gouge from just below my knee to just above my ankle.
So, yeah, I might be shortening those bars after all. :lol: