Loose the riser bars, you don't need them with that length of stem. Hot rods are cool as long as you don't try to hid the fact it is a hot rod.
err? what? hide the fact its a hotrod? a? where's the engine then?
1, I like risers, they're cool. Especially the Easton carbon ones.
2, I don't have enough steerer length for spacers so I need the extra height of a riser bar.
3, I prefer the riding position and bar angle. Its more comfy and gives better control
I used to ride a very low front end BITD and thought at the time risers came out that they would be crap for climbing. So I tried one and discovered I had more control in the descents and technical sections and after I got used to it I found no problems with climbing whtsoever. Ive not used bar ends, and had a riser bar ever since. I'm not one for head down arse up even on an XC or commuter bike. I prefer a more comfortable ridng position with my saddle a tad lower than the 'norm' (leg extended) and a nice comfy front end. BITD we set up our riding position like a roadie would. I'm past that. Its just what I'm comfortable with. Now where's my riser bar....