You asked: How do I choose a mountain bike bar?

Are 780mm bars too wide?

The short answer is “yes.” The long answer is, well, kinda long. At six-foot-three-inches tall, an 800mm handlebar allows me to get into a super comfortable and stable position while maintaining a posture that is conducive to both shoulder strength and mobility. A perfect world right there.

How do I measure my mountain bike handlebars?

With a tape measure or caliper, measure in from the end half of how much you want to cut off and mark it. For example, if you currently have 800 mm handlebars and want them to be 760 mm, then you need to cut off a total of 40 mm. This means that you’ll be cutting 20 mm off each side.

How do I know what width handlebars to buy?

The standard fitting advice is to get a handlebar as wide as the measurement between your AC joints. Those are the bumps atop your shoulders where the collarbone attaches just inboard of your deltoid muscle. But many riders prefer a handlebar slightly wider than their shoulders. A wide bar opens the chest.

Can you put road bike handlebars on a mountain bike?

Mountain bike stems are made for smaller diameter flat bars, so road bars don’t fit them.

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