A narrow bar gives less turning power so the bike is more sensitive to small movements at least through the bars - both not so good on tough terrain. A wider bar gives a stable ride, better, control and often are better for sprinting.
Sette Budini wrote:Monster bars mags!
Even if you're measuring 'along' the bar rather than an effective straight line, they're still enormous.
I'm 170cm and fairly broad shouldered and run a straight bar of 58cm (preferred width and fitted to the Seven) and 60cm (on the Scott, never cut it down cause I'm meant to be onselling it... Near new Scale 10 anyone?)
A cross country bike needs to feel nimble and nifty, not like you're driving the school bus.
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