There are a few different factors to consider as you search for the right bars for you. Finding the perfect combination of width, rise, and pullback will have you feeling confident and comfortable while on your sled.
Width is simply the overall width of the handlebars. People with broad shoulders or long arms might prefer wider handlebars, but there is no direct correlation; whatever feels most natural is the best way to go. It’s also worth noting that narrower handlebars can make travel through trees or brush easier, so if you find yourself in that kind of terrain on a regular basis, something like 28” handlebars could come in rather handy.
Handlebar rise is probably the most important variable to consider. Raised handlebars are extremely popular amongst the mountain sledding crowd, and they’ve started to become popular amongst trail riders too. Raised handlebars enable you to stand comfortably while riding, so depending on how much time you spend on your feet, this could be a seriously valuable feature for you.
Another feature to consider is handlebar pullback. Pullback is the angle or the degree to which the handlebars are bent towards your body from their center mounting position. The higher the angle, the more pullback you feel. Pullback is entirely subjective, whatever feels most natural to you will be best for you!
A couple other points to consider: If the handlebars you choose are listed as tapered, that means that they are thicker at the center mounting point. This increases handlebar strength, but it also requires new clamps to hold the larger handlebar in place. Make sure you find the right sized clamps before you try to put on your new handlebars!
Also, if you are going to use a raised handlebar, it’s important to make sure that your throttle cable and brake line will be able to reach their new raised position. If they can’t, you can pick up new ones right here on our site.
We hope that you’ll find the right handlebar for you, and we hope that you’ve enjoyed your shopping so far at Dennis Kirk! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. We are happy to help however we can!