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Im just wondering what the pros n cons are of the greater rise in handlebars. Im in the process of ordering components for my new bike build and havn't had alot of experience differentiating the 2.

Thoughts? Itll be mainly for AM use and some FR stuff. Is the higher rise structurally more sound?
 

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Different rises are mainly just to put your hands at a different height. That effects your weight placement. If you're trying to get the maximum height out of an AM/FR rig, using one of those little BMX-style stems, you really only get the 30mm of spacers over your headset (depending on how your fork is rated,) a little bit of height from the stem, and the rise from the handlebars. High-angle stems aren't a great idea on a big-hit bike, as I understand it, because they can be structurally a bit funky.

Unless you tend to run your stems negative and at the bottom of the spacer stack on your other bikes, the higher-rise bar is probably a safe bet. You can always put it lower in the spacer stack.
 

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The effect of handlebar rise is to make your upper body a bit more upright. Even 10 or 20 mm change in rise can make a noticeable difference in how the bike feels and handles. Other ways to get more: higher angle stem, or more spacers under the stem, assuming you have fork steerer tube to work with.

So which one is best for you? Can't say. You just have to try one and see how it feels. This is why many riders accumulate at least 2 or 3 of everything.
 
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