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Hey guys,

Just got a Marin FS bike. On my 26er carbon hardtail, I run a 26" handlebar. The 29er came with a 28" handlebar.

Just wondering what are you guys ridding with? Also, carbon worth it?

Thanks!
 

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680mm (26.75") and pretty happy with that width. I ride XC with lots of single track, at times the trees are not much further apart than my bars so I would't ride with bars much wider, but on the other hand, I like at least 680mm now, so maybe wider is better.

A comfortable bar width is a function of stem length, rider shoulder width, and riding style. Everyone is different, you probably need to ride a few bikes with different bar widths (and stem lengths) to see what you like.
 

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ENVE Sweep Carbon 740 mm 9* Sweep @ 180 grams.
I really like them over my Aluminum bars as far as ride.
Just wish they made 760 or 780 mm.
Are they worth it ? Is to me.
 

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Easton Havoc Carbon 750mm
 

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800mm Enve DH. Love them. I thought they would be too wide, but I thought I'd try them for a few rides befor I cut them down. I found them so comfortable I never did.

I'm running a 60mm stem, and I'm also 6'5" tall with broad shoulders.
 

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What came on the bikes.

GT Sensor 9r Elite - 690mm (about 27")
Spot Brand Honey Badger SS - 700mm (about 27.5")

You will want the wider bars on the 29er.
 

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All mine are 680 to 690. Any wider and I can't get between some of the trees around here. All of mine were 700 Niner originally.
 

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800mm Enve DH. Love them. I thought they would be too wide, but I thought I'd try them for a few rides befor I cut them down. I found them so comfortable I never did.

I'm running a 60mm stem, and I'm also 6'5" tall with broad shoulders.
800mm Kore here....and the same thing...I bought them thinking I would cut them down but I have not done so yet. Im running a 70mm stem and thinking of trying a 50mm.
 

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What type of riding is everyone doing ?
This^

Depends for me. In Austin, tight technical single track under dense/vertically challenged cedar and oak, I had many occasions where the 680mm Easton EC70 bars were too wide. Out here in Oakland, more established flowing single-track with less small scraggly young saplings in the trail, I run 740mm Enve bars with a shorter stem and love the set-up.
 

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800mm Enve DH. Love them. I thought they would be too wide, but I thought I'd try them for a few rides befor I cut them down. I found them so comfortable I never did.

I'm running a 60mm stem, and I'm also 6'5" tall with broad shoulders.
I really hope that ENVE comes out with a 800 mm flat bar.
I settled for 740 and I wish they were wider.
A buddy off mine runs 762's and I really like them.
 

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Hey guys,

Just got a Marin FS bike. On my 26er carbon hardtail, I run a 26" handlebar. The 29er came with a 28" handlebar.

Just wondering what are you guys ridding with? Also, carbon worth it?

Thanks!
680mm H-Bars. I use them with dual control shifters on my gearie bikes.

Best setup evar.

... and IMO, carbon is totally worth it. It takes some of the buzz out of the ride, saves a ton of weight and doesn't fatigue. If they made carbon H-Bars I would totally go into debt to own 5 sets for all my bikes. Titec H-bars have like a 1/2 pound weight penalty over regular carbon bars, and are tooth-rattling stiff.

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710mm and 100mm stem, both was stock on my XC bike. Waiting to receive a 60mm stem. There are two pretty tight spots with trees in my local trail, but I can squeeze through so pretty happy with the width. Have considered upgrading to carbon at some point, but thats a bit down the line.
 

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I have 700mm ODI bars on my 29er fully. I bought the same bars for my fat bike and felt like they needed to be wider. I added 1/2" wingtips to both sides and now the fatty feels right. I'm gonna do it to the other bike too.
 

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Went from a 680mm flat bar to a 725mm low riser Raceface Turbine w/70mm 6deg stem.Perfect for me as my hand pressure issues are gone (tingle n numbing pain).
I too thought I would need to cut down the 725 to under 700 but after a few rides..leavin it!! Love the wider feel. I do feel "faster". Am I??...prolly not hahaha
 
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