The control or lack of control with bar width doesn't really have a lot to do with strength. It is degrees of turn on the bar versus degrees of turn on the wheel. So with very short bars, at high speeds, it takes very little movement of the bars to potentially throw you off course. Any of the jolts from ruts, rocks, roots, can send you flying. The wider lets you have a bigger tolerance of the jitters before it actually effects the trajectory of your front tire. (Honestly I prefer shorter bars as it makes it more nimble. Trails in my area are generally WAY too narrow for high speed riding. Lots of narrow tree gaps, tons of switch backs, lots of climbing, etc. I actually had to chop my 720mm bars down to 675 just to clear some of the tree gaps.)check your bar width too. Wider bars give you more leverage to control the front when it gets rough. Something over 720mm. What is your current bar width?
Also suffer from CTS on both wrists and my hands go numb quickly. Have tried upright position, thick grips, padded gloves and saddle nose up and still go numb.You may be like me...carpal tunnel. Finally got myself checked and it was confirmed, both wrists. My motorcycle makes my hands go numb almost immediately. My MTB it happens when I don't move around a lot, like on flat single-track. I will be waiting for winter before I get my surgery, don't want to miss the summer riding.
Also, if your bike is black or silver, it is more likely to cause numb hands. Red is the only non-numb color.Check:
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What's the stem length? Wide bars do not feel good with longer stems.Bar is 700. Was 740 but just couldn't get used to it. Felt too wide. I have short arms like a T Rex.