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 Post subject: Riser Bars or flat bars?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:41 pm 
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? when is either choice the right one ?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:48 pm 
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Do what you like and sod what anyone says :)
Got risers on two and flatbar on one.
I think flat bars are being used more again on newer bikes.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:11 pm 
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my rule is cross country hard tail with circa 100-120mm front suspension fork = flat bars
full suspension = riser bars.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:13 pm 
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whichever you enjoy the bike with more.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:25 pm 
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Kona-Ian wrote:
I think flat bars are being used more again on newer bikes.


That's because modern bikes have very long forks and so are very high at the front. I see them as risers without the rise because they are still wide and have some upsweep towards the ends, like risers. Proper flat bars are 580mm max :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:27 pm 
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Just my 10 pence worth, I think risers look on on bikes with a high saddle, if the seat pin is lower in the frame the riser bars give it a playbike look, wheras a lanky riders 18" bike with a lot of exposed seatpin w/risers just looks odd to me.

Ditto the comments above about travel & full sus etc.

If in doubt, flat bars.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:34 pm 
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Similar here: I go with the vintage / aesthetics of the bike

I personally don't like to see risers on what ought to be a vintage hardcore XC machine

Up to around '88 risers are cool - So to make a comfy old bike with a Brooks saddle and riser bars I've got a suitable ('84) frame

Interesting that flats are coming back into fashion... DH made risers seemingly almost universal on new MTBs for a while

And the mega, mega high seatpost look is just comical


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:52 pm 
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Flat bars are ok but limited in width if using 25.4.. I like wide low rise bars for general trail use :D


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:36 pm 
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Heard drops are back, but I'm gettin' into Brahma bars right now


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:36 pm 
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Flats are best to hang stuff on, computers, lights, bell etc


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