HANDLEBARS BUYERS GUIDE

Need some help understanding BMX handlebars? BMX handlebars have a lot of options, some differences are obvious, others more subtle. A good thing to remember is that there are no 'wrong choices' and out handlebars use a universal fit found on 99.9% of BMX bikes. However, we still made a buyers guide to help you understand the ins and outs of handlebars geometry.

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CONSTRUCTION

BMX Handlebars come in either a 2 piece construction or a 4-piece construction. What one you choose is down to personal preference.

4 PIECE BARS

4-piece offering additional strength (and weight) popular mostly with Street riders.

2 PIECE BARS

2-piece bars offer a more classic look and typically lighter weight.


GEOMETRY

The geometry of handlebars dictates how the bars “feel” and is down to personal preference. The biggest metric that affects the feel of the bars is the rise. Read below to learn about how the different angles change how the bars feel.

A. RISE

The rise refers to how tall the bars are, and is the biggest influence on how your handlebars will feel. The rise of the bars is completely down to personal preference. If you are starting from scratch and need a reference point, then handlebars with a rise of 8"-8.75" are considered average.

B. UP SWEEP

This angle measures how much the bars angle upwards at the grip area. A 0˚ up sweep would mean that the grip area is perfectly flat and parallel to the ground. The up sweep angle choice is completely down to rider preference with the average being between 2˚ - 3˚.

C. WIDTH

The width of handlebars simply refers to how wide the handlebars are - they typically range from around 27" to 30" in iwdth. Again this is completely down to personal preference and many riders cut the bars down to a required width if needed with a hacksaw.

D. BACK SWEEP

Back sweep refers to the amount the grip area of the bars angles back towards the rider. This angle plays a pivotal part in how the handlebars feel. A 0˚ back sweep would mean the bars are completely flat, the larger the angle the more the bars angle back. An average back sweep would be between 2˚ - 3˚.

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