but be prepared to be ridiculed by the fashion nazis.mtblife said:I'm setting up my bike for XC racing. Is it smart to put bar ends on a riser bar, or should I stick withd a flat bar instead?
Vecsus said:ignore fashion and do what feels right and works best for you.
If it works, use it, why put up with crap that don't work?!max-a-mill said:but if you dig it, why not?
True, but it doesn't have the "feel" of a riser. I tried that setup and I didn't care much for it--the bar wasn't wide enough and I missed the sweep. Sure you could get a wide, swept flat bar and put it on a 45 degree stem but that would REALLY look stupid (especially with bar ends).george_da_trog said:it's stronger and lighter than riser bar with bar ends.
I know Titec makes a really wide flat bar with sweep and I'm sure there are others. And this is what gets me with the whole bar end riser bar argument and that the only reason for NOT doing it is fashion. The only reason FOR doing it is fashion. The stronger lighter (and probably cheaper) set up looks stupid.kristian said:Sure you could get a wide, swept flat bar and put it on a 45 degree stem but that would REALLY look stupid (especially with bar ends).
Or...get a high rise stem, a riser bar AND bar ends (my setup for years until I retired the high rise stem last week in favor of a DH stem).george_da_trog said:If you want bar ends, get a flat bar and a high rise stem. Unless you're worried about how it looks.
Works for me. IMNSHO, bar-ends and rise bars solve two different problems. Rise bars solve the problem of low bars. MTBs have small headtubes, and one's ideal MTB frame is much, much smaller than one's ideal road frame. Rise bars also tend to be wider. Not because they have to be, but that's just how they make 'em.mtblife said:I'm setting up my bike for XC racing. Is it smart to put bar ends on a riser bar, or should I stick withd a flat bar instead?
True, but that puts a whole lot of stress on your bars (think of the leverage that they have on the end of the bars). If you use aluminum bars with risers on a singlespeed and stand a lot, remember to change the bars more frequently than the standard 2 years. Breaking a handlebar is not a fun thing on a ride.tube_ee said:Climbing on a single speed involves lots of standing, pulling hard on the bars, rocking the bike, sweating, and cursing. (if I have the breath) The bar-ends more than pay their way... I use them all the time.