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    Well, it all depends. When mtb first came out in Louisiana we cut our bars as short as we could allow. There wasn't a lot of climbing there, but were lots and lots of trees and vines really close to the edges of the trails. We used to laugh at the Colorado guys with their wide assed bars who could rip our legs off riding wise get yanked clean off their bikes while "just riding along" on some of our mouse hole trails. The bar end invention was just the worst thing for getting unhorsed. Riding along at 10 mph or so and having your bars get yanked out from under you often meant a close encounter with a tree was pending very soon. The best one was a trail with two trees around 22 inches apart. Even with skinny bars you had to show some skills to sneak your bike through that mouse hole. Those trees had scars as did many a rider who didn't quite sneak thru the hole so well.
    Now back in Montana with wide open trails I am totally back with the wide assed bars.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moke View Post
    Well, it all depends. When mtb first came out in Louisiana we cut our bars as short as we could allow. There wasn't a lot of climbing there, but were lots and lots of trees and vines really close to the edges of the trails. We used to laugh at the Colorado guys with their wide assed bars who could rip our legs off riding wise get yanked clean off their bikes while "just riding along" on some of our mouse hole trails. The bar end invention was just the worst thing for getting unhorsed. Riding along at 10 mph or so and having your bars get yanked out from under you often meant a close encounter with a tree was pending very soon. The best one was a trail with two trees around 22 inches apart. Even with skinny bars you had to show some skills to sneak your bike through that mouse hole. Those trees had scars as did many a rider who didn't quite sneak thru the hole so well.
    Now back in Montana with wide open trails I am totally back with the wide assed bars.
    Yep.

    Out here it's nice to have a IMBA bike and a Rustic bike.

    OTOH, my 1987 Ibis had 32" wide bars, LOL !!!!

    I had to put a moto cross brace on when the chrome starting flaking off at the bends !!!


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    Default Re: Bar width

    Mtb is 800 but I’m a lanky 6’5
     

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    I'm going to do the elbows behind the wrists setup today and cut the bars. They're still stock 800. They're also <$50 bars. I'm only 6'1" and don't feel like I'm fighting the bike at all on descents. I just let it flow and allow the fork to do it's thing while I shift my weight around. Garro builds a good bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    I'm going to do the elbows behind the wrists setup today and cut the bars. They're still stock 800. They're also <$50 bars. I'm only 6'1" and don't feel like I'm fighting the bike at all on descents. I just let it flow and allow the fork to do it's thing while I shift my weight around. Garro builds a good bike.
    You've got a Coconino--do you even need to put your hands on the bars?
     

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    P.S. It took me a while to get used to 800ish bar width while demoing bikes. My former life bike was a Diamond Back Axis with the cut down bars and long stem. I now ride a Jones H Bar and find it easy to shift my hands around as needed. I am pretty wide pretty often.
     

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    Default Re: Bar width

    I don't think one can compare old Mtb's with new ones.
    Starting from the move from 26" wheels to 29" it all changed, I'm not surprised the bars and stem lengths have changed accordingly.
    And as usual, it's a question of where and how you end up riding. Singletrack and mud Vs rock gardens and steep slopes. On the former, I won't be able to ride a bike with bars that are over 65cm, but that's me and I used 56cm bars (including the bar-ends) on a 26" XC bike. Every time I've tried a 29" with wide bars it just felt odd and cumbersome, maybe needs some time to re-adjust.
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