How wide should your mountain bike handlebars be?

How wide should your mountain bike handlebars be?

Today, mountain bike handlebars tend to be between 700mm and 800mm in width. As you get progressively wider, and once you head into the mid-700mm range, consider the type of terrain you’re riding.

How wide should my bike handlebars be?

The standard fitting advice is to get a handlebar as wide as the measurement between your AC joints. Those are the bumps atop your shoulders where the collarbone attaches just inboard of your deltoid muscle. But many riders prefer a handlebar slightly wider than their shoulders. A wide bar opens the chest.

How is MTB handlebar width measured?

The easiest way to measure this is by using the *push-up position method. Stem length also comes into play; typically, the longer your stem, the narrower you may want your bar width. This helps your body stay centered over the bike. If you’re running a stem that is 50 mm or less I’d suggest a 760 mm to 800 mm bar.

What is standard handlebar width?

Width: Most companies measure a bar’s width between the center of each drop. Common sizes are 38, 40, 42, and 44cm.

Are 800mm handlebars too wide?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is, well, kinda long. At six-foot-three-inches tall, an 800mm handlebar allows me to get into a super comfortable and stable position while maintaining a posture that is conducive to both shoulder strength and mobility. A perfect world right there.

How do I know if my mountain bike bars are too wide?

If the bars paired with that stem are too wide, the steering will feel even slower, you will be bent over too much at the hips, and a strong riding position will be compromised. Narrower bars are used in this case to keep your chest open even when leaning forward in a climbing position.

Can MTB bars be too wide?

How do I choose mountain bike handlebars?

First make sure that the diameter at the center of the handlebar, where you tighten your stem, is actually 31.8 mm as 95% of the current MTBs are. If your bike is old, entry-level or equipped with a very high-end extra-light handlebar, then you may be equipped with a 25.4 mm handlebar.

Are 40cm handlebars too narrow?

There’s no industry-wide accepted definition, but given the standard handlebar sizing range for road bikes is 40 to 44cm, I would define a narrow handlebar as anything narrower than 40cm.