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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:35 am 
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at least get some wider bars.
Lower might be good too.

It's not climbing so hot because you don't have enough "of an oar to paddle with".


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:15 pm 
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Wider bars (700mm) and stem dropped by 15mm (on the steerer). Much much better. I am a changed man - reckon even wider bars will be on the way soon.

Also put the noir chainset off my tourer on here too. Just wish I could get the 650Bs in the frame. Talking of which need to find some decent mud tyres in the size as the pacentis aren't so good when it gets sticky - which it has been here for the last three years.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:16 am 
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Looks good.

I'm a convert to wider bars. I was happy for ages on my 685mm Monkey Bars, then went to 711mm but they didn't feel much different. I'm now on 780mm bars! Which I like, there are a few bits on the local trails that cause me issues so I may lose 10mm either side, but we'll see.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:56 pm 
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Told ya!

Once you go wide you don't go......back. I 'll have to work on that.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:27 pm 
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Indeed - I hope you're not an obstetrician.

Went out for a spin this morning. Never had more work to do but the sun is shining and the work can wait. I just can't get my head round the fact that 700mm wide bars now feel narrow. A couple of months ago I would have sneered at myself. 900mm ahoy!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:38 pm 
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Indeed - I hope you're not an obstetrician.

Went out for a spin this morning. Never had more work to do but the sun is shining and the work can wait. I just can't get my head round the fact that 700mm wide bars now feel narrow. A couple of months ago I would have sneered at myself. 900mm ahoy!


It is indeed a slippery slope! Both my BFe and SX run 780mm bars (although the BFe ones do a little bit trimmed off because being smaller the proportions looked wrong).

Where I ride, there are only a couple of places where I struggle - one that my bars just don't fit through and the others are just a bit snug.

What I have noticed is that I seem to be wearing grips out faster!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:56 am 
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Think I'm going to hold on to the 700mm bars for now as there is definitely a lot of tree clipping potential on my Kent/Surrey rides, but we're moving to North Wales in June so there'll be no stopping me then...

I reckon you're wearing your grips out because you're going faster and having to hold on tighter. Get yourself the Renthal kevlar jobbies - very hard to wear out.


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