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I made the switch to Fleegles on the rigid SS Monkey a few days ago and went out for the first ride yesterday. Based on one ride (which isn't a good test...I know), I think I'll be going back to risers, at least for the rest of the race season.

I got some annoying hand pain in the outside edges of the palms (only ~10 mile ride), and my back is killing me today. The bike felt more rigid than ever yesterday.

Anybody out there with a similar experince with the new alternative handlebar craze?
 

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You forgot to tilt the ends back and down, most probably.
The more sweep, the more important setup becomes.
 

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When I got my Fleegles, I was pretty stubborn about the setup. Up until then, I had run risers with the sweep aimed towards my shoulders. When I tried the same with Fleegles, I found that that setup didn't work well when it came to turns. The sweep caused my wrists on the inside of the turn to pivot unnaturally, 'causing discomfort and pain. Now, seeing as no one ever rides a MTB in a straight line only, I made the change to the setup, so that the sweep is now perfectly level towards the rear.
 

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Mine are set pretty level too. Maybe I'm just a riser kinda guy? I am dissapointed though, in that I expected to like them quite a bit.

I'm having a good season...why mess with a good thing?
 

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Mine are angled up just a bit. I cut an inch off each end and have had no pain whatsoever. They are definitely stiff though...
 

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my mary and fleegles are pointing down toward my rear hub. I got really bad ulnar nerve compression and my fingers were numb until I got my set up right.
now they are perfect and I've got no hand pain at all. I trimmed a bit off the width too as I was hitting trees in the tight single track.

I really like my fleegles and actually wish for just a bit more sweep.
 

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I should have mentioned I cut about an inch off of each side as well.

But I agree, if they're not working for you and your risers are, why mess around.
 

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Hold the Fleegle bars alone, at the usual arm angle you have on the bike. Copy that angle to the setup on the bike. I bet the tips will point down more than you think.
 

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You know, I had this thought. For some reason, the Mary tends to bother me with it's stiffness, but the Fleegle doesn't. Must be the angle(s) or something.

I actually wanted a Ti bar, but couldn't find anything I was looking for. There still may be a Seven bar in my future.
 

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In my book Fleegles are a minor variation of the the flat/riser/straight bar theme. They are also designed for strength rather than light weight and compliance.
 

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Padre said:
I don't know how anyone rides rigid on anything other than carbon bars...:confused:
I don't know how anyone rides rigid on carbon bars when they could be so much more comfy using ti...

MC
 

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Padre said:
Well said...
but how does one find a ti bar 28" wide?
I think that Seven will make you one for $100 at any length/bend but I don't know if they will do a riser. Anybody know?
 

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Originally posted by mikesee

I don't know how anyone rides rigid on carbon bars when they could be so much more comfy using ti...
This is Dave's replacement bike (GDR incident). James made him the ti bars you see here (sorry I did not take bar specific pics). Dave let me ride the bike and I was really surprised at the comfort level I experienced - a big difference from both carbon and of course aluminum. Dave loves the bar. The bar is 28" wide I believe.

And Dave tackling some pretty steep stuff (steeper than it looks in the pic of course) on a trail near CB this weekend. Note the tires, and that brake lever he is squeezing controls the front brake (moto-style).

Anyway, I just tried some Mary's and was unimpressed but that ti bar is very impressive and had me thinking...hmmmm.

Ed E
 

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green mt. boy said:
I thought the frame was a Cross Check but the fork is throwing me off.
Cross Check is right.

The fork is a....it's a....hmmmm, well dang it there goes my memory again! Dave mentioned the name but I can't remember. I think it's a fairly generic 29'er fork, nothing special.

Ed E
 

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cocheese said:
I think that Seven will make you one for $100 at any length/bend but I don't know if they will do a riser. Anybody know?
$150, no risers, length and sweep is custom order.

I have a Seven bar laying around my bike room that I used for a day before they came off. I have to have risers, or I can't make motorcycle noises while I ride.
 
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