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For the last 15 years, I have always cut down my handlebars to less than 24 inches. All of my bikes have been hardtails until my recent purchase of a Trance 2. The Raceface Evolve lowrise bars are the first non- straight bar I have owned and are over 27 " wide. The Trance is also the first full squish bike I have owned. I have always used the width of my shoulders as a starting point for the handle bar width. What is the current opinion or "rule of thumb" for handlebar width on a DSus bike or downhill/ FR bikes.

Re- learning to ride on a full squish bike,

BTLG
 

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BTLG said:
For the last 15 years, I have always cut down my handlebars to less than 24 inches. All of my bikes have been hardtails until my recent purchase of a Trance 2. The Raceface Evolve lowrise bars are the first non- straight bar I have owned and are over 27 " wide. The Trance is also the first full squish bike I have owned. I have always used the width of my shoulders as a starting point for the handle bar width. What is the current opinion or "rule of thumb" for handlebar width on a DSus bike or downhill/ FR bikes.

Re- learning to ride on a full squish bike,

BTLG
As far as I know, shoulderwidth is still the rule of thumb. However, that's just a generalization. For more agressive riding I prefer a wider grip, especially when I don't have bar ends. A wider grip does two things:

1) More leverage on the bar

2) Slows steering - makes your bike a little less twitchy
 
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