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Why riser bars instead of high rise stem?(9 posts)

Why riser bars instead of high rise stem?tjl
Dec 15, 2002 9:04 AM
I noticed that newer mountain bikes are now coming with riser handlebars instead of flat handlebars.

But wouldn't using a flat bar with a high rise stem give the same effect, while allowing the handlebar to be lighter, stronger, and less expensive? Meanwhile, the stem would be of similar strength and price, with only a small amount of extra weight.
Longer width, more sweep and, yep, style. nmBud M.
Dec 15, 2002 9:14 AM
RISERS = STYLE ???!!!??? I beg to differ....nm.SirThomasCovenantTheUnbeliever
Dec 15, 2002 9:29 AM
Not riser bars, but riser stem = ugly.Matno
Dec 15, 2002 12:44 PM
Regardless of what bar you have, a riser stem with a big rise (more than 10-15 degrees) looks goofy. Probably just because that's what we're used to seeing on "comfort" bikes. You're much better off (style wise) going with several spacers under your stem and a lower rise stem if you want to raise your bars.

As for the bars, flat bars look sweet on an XC racer, but really out of place on most trail bikes. The opposite is also true, though risers on an XC bike are not quite as weird looking as flats on a bike with 5 inches of travel.

These are all obvious facts. Not just MY opinion... ;^)
SweepRozonic Man
Dec 15, 2002 12:58 PM
The sweep angle helps with comfort. I tried both a riser stem and riser bars and like the riser bars because of their sweep.

One downside to riser bars is that they offer less or a variety for placement position for bar mounted accessories like computers and lights due to the curved section.
You're right...Quattro
Dec 16, 2002 4:16 AM
and this topic is another often discussed one. It all matters
where you're hands are positioned on the bike. This has to do
with comfort and weight distribution. Risers offer extra width,
if you desire.Sweep can be obtained with different stem lengths.
Height can be obtained with stem rise and spacers.I use a 120mm
6 degrees stem and some spacers to get a comfortable position.
You have to leave enough length on your fork for spacers.
The risers offer height adjustment on bikes already set up.
You can go with an existing stem and change out the bar or
change the stem and keep your bar. It's easier to change out a stem.
But it all comes down to hand position and personal taste(style).
re: Why riser bars instead of high rise stem?BadHabit
Dec 16, 2002 8:14 AM
On an xc bike, I have a sweet bar/stem setup, all titanium: flat bar, 24" x 12 deg sweep (158 g); 90mm stem, 15 deg rise (140 g). This would match maybe a 1" riser with typical sweep. However, no matter how pleased I am with that setup, I have to say a riser with a 0 deg stem would look better, although it would be either heavier or weaker as I figure it, and as pointed out, the riser would offer more limited accessory mounting positions. A flat bar is necessary for me because I need bar ends (ti, of course). You can say the appearance factor is a matter of taste, but I think it's an absolute that stems with rise detract from front end lines (even spacers are preferable).
Flat with taller stem for me ...GlowBoy
Dec 16, 2002 1:04 PM
and who cares about the looks? I use bar-ends anyway (especially now that I ride singlespeed) and there are those who say those look really ugly on riser bars anyway.

As for the sweep issue, I like to have more than the 3-5 degrees of sweep typically offered by flat bars, but there are exceptions. I'm running an older Salsa CrMo flat bar that has about 10 degrees of sweep, and love it.

- Dan
re: Why riser bars instead of high rise stem? go for Titeccbchess
Dec 16, 2002 1:58 PM
I currently run a Titec Hellbent Flat Tracker bar. see the reviews on this site. it is the best of both worlds. A nice wide flat bar(cut to your preference) with all the sweep of a riser. Paired with a Big Al stem (again Titec) with 25 degree rise and 105mm length is just perfect to me. I would recommend this to all XC types and everyone except a downhiller.
a Very light stiff and comfortable cockpit. much much better than the riser I was running before( a Kore).