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Liam Mercer

Tech Editor here at off.road.cc Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as revelling in cycling's intricacies. Whether it's gravel, mountain, or e-MTB as long as it's a bike on dirt, he's happy.

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1 year 4 months ago

Liam Mercer wrote:

 

But then adding a bar with more backsweep affects weight distribution over the bike, tipping it further backward. This may be great for some but for myself, that's far from ideal as I prefer a flatter bar. This grip, and many tapered grips, tilt the wrist slightly, offering a more comfortable position without sacrificing the sweep that I prefer.

Sredlums wrote:

 

 

Every ergonomic grip puts the wrists more inwards, and every tester loves it. So exactly how no one ever puts 1 + 1 together and realizes that maybe, just maybe, mtb handlebars are too straight is completely beyond me.
I'm not saying everyone should go all alt bar and have handlebars that are way swept back, but you just have to look at an average mountainbiker holding on to a 1 meter wide straight bar to see that that can not be comfortable.

 

 

 

 

I think you missed my point a little. Again, i am not talking about an alt bar that brings the end of the handlebar much closer to you, I'm saying that if these ergo grips put the wrist/hand in a slightly more angled position, and users and reviewers find that brings them comfort and relieve, than the standard straight mtb handlebars aren't the right shape to begin with.
If's easily possible (and already done on some bars) to agle the grip part of a handlebar a little bit, without putting the hands (much) closer towards you.

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1 year 4 months ago

But then adding a bar with more backsweep affects weight distribution over the bike, tipping it further backward. This may be great for some but for myself, that's far from ideal as I prefer a flatter bar. This grip, and many tapered grips, tilt the wrist slightly, offering a more comfortable position without sacrificing the sweep that I prefer.

Sredlums wrote:

 

Every ergonomic grip puts the wrists more inwards, and every tester loves it. So exactly how no one ever puts 1 + 1 together and realizes that maybe, just maybe, mtb handlebars are too straight is completely beyond me.
I'm not saying everyone should go all alt bar and have handlebars that are way swept back, but you just have to look at an average mountainbiker holding on to a 1 meter wide straight bar to see that that can not be comfortable.

 

1 year 4 months ago

Every ergonomic grip puts the wrists more inwards, and every tester loves it. So exactly how no one ever puts 1 + 1 together and realizes that maybe, just maybe, mtb handlebars are too straight is completely beyond me.
I'm not saying everyone should go all alt bar and have handlebars that are way swept back, but you just have to look at an average mountainbiker holding on to a 1 meter wide straight bar to see that that can not be comfortable.

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