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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:48 pm 
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I am just putting the bike together but have an XLite XC riser handlebar.
I like the way it feels but can't but help and wonder whether a flat bar would probably suit the bike more (considering the stem) or look better?

So what do you reckon? leave it as it is? or source a flat handlebar?
{Personal comfort is not an issue as Im happy with both styles of bar.

I've included a pic of a similar bike from a RSP catalogue (with flat bar) another later catalogue model, and Bikemeister2000's version for comparison.

if so - what flat bar should I go for?

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(ps. My bike hasn't been finished - hoses unsecured and no brake cables as yet fitted)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:37 pm 
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Personally, with the length fork you have, I'd stick with riser...8)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:56 am 
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Flat. Xlite Ti with anodised blue end caps. So there!... But what would I know!?


Lovely looking bike Btw. 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:55 am 
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saulus wrote:
Flat. Xlite Ti with anodised blue end caps. So there!... But what would I know!?


Lovely looking bike Btw. 8)
+ 1 on both counts :D Hmmm or maybe a blue pace or hyperlight ?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:37 am 
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See I prefer the riser on there.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:49 am 
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Aaarrgggjhhh!!! That's 2 for flat 2 for riser .

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:55 am 
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...though it could really do with a shorter stem if you do keep the riser; have the same dilemma with my own RSP...

...wanted the full-bounce XC look but didn't look right with the 100mm fork, but not entirely convinced I like it with the shorter fork either :oops:

Now leaning towards 100mm fork/shorter stem/riser bar combo after all...


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:56 am 
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It's 80m m fork. Btw


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:02 am 
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IMO flat bar looks better on a retro but riser may add comfort (reduced wrist pressure), assuming same stem is used.
In my build i went for a modest riser but the type where the grips themselves remain parallel to the ground, which IMO looks better than grips which are angled upward. Some flexibility there in the way you mount them of course..


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:05 am 
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ibbz wrote:
It's 80m m fork. Btw


Yeah, trick of the light makes it look longer; look closer and you can see the stanchions are thicker than they at first appear...

...still think the riser looks better though!


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