yep...it's all about gettin the right fit and, (someone call me out if i'm wrong) they are stronger because they have less bends and can be made lighterMightySchmoePong said:Best way to get the sweep I wanted and keep the bars at a good height on my 29er.
I think I see what you mean. The bar has a small rise, but then the degree brings it back down to where it started.FatTrackie said:Bars like this one:
Other than your hands being at a different angle - why get one?
Thanks in advance
to muddle everything even further, the longer stem also slows steering..."oh bike fit's...who wont you confuse".mtnbiker72 said:The reason the Ritchey bar looks the way it does is to allow for the same length stem as a normal flat bar. A bar with increased sweep requires a longer stem to keep your hands in the correct position. For instance, I have a 12 degree sweep Bontrager flat bar that requires a 110mm stem for me. It replaced a 5 degree sweep bar that I used a 90mm stem to keep my hands in the same relative position.
By "offsetting" the sweep of the bar, it is likely that you would not need to go to a longer stem.
And yes, increased sweep is more comfortable for many people...including me
Sweep is bad for technical riding? Weird that basically every all mountain/DH/Black Diamond bike in the world has bars with lots of sweep......splangy said:"A riser bar without rise?" Are you kidding me? It's a flat bar! The increased sweep should have nothing to do with fit. It helps to bring your elbows in, which is great for climbing and not-so-technical XC riding, but bad for DH, technical riding ,etc...
I never said that "sweep" was bad for technical riding. 10 degrees of sweep on most narrow flat bars would bring your elbows further in compared to a 3 degree sweep bar, making the bike more dificult to handle in technical terrain. Although, you can get away with more sweep on a wider bar.briscoelab said:Sweep is bad for technical riding? Weird that basically every all mountain/DH/Black Diamond bike in the world has bars with lots of sweep......
Also, it has a lot to do with fit.... as mentioned be others, the added sweep reduces your reach, which has to be taken into account when selecting the right length stem. Some people's shoulders and wrists do better with a bar that has more than the typical 5 or 3 degrees of sweep a flat bar usually has.
Most flat bars with additional sweep are much wider than a typical flat bar.... just like riser bars. A flat bar with 10 degrees of sweep, that is say 620mm, will handle exactly the same in technical terrain as a riser with the same sweep and width. (obviously bar height would have to be matched if you want to get really exact)splangy said:I never said that "sweep" was bad for technical riding. 10 degrees of sweep on most narrow flat bars would bring your elbows further in compared to a 3 degree sweep bar, making the bike more dificult to handle in technical terrain. Although, you can get away with more sweep on a wider bar.
The added sweep obviously decreases reach but only a fool would buy a bar with increased sweep just to decrease reach. They make stems in many sizes for that purpose.
It seems like some people are confusing rise angle for sweep angle in this thread.
No? Oh, I see, you said (read the underlined...):splangy said:I never said that "sweep" was bad for technical riding.