Why You Should Change the Handlebars on Your Mountain Bike

Despite being the most essential stationary part of a mountain bike, handlebars are often overlooked.
Despite being the most essential stationary part of a mountain bike, handlebars are often overlooked.

Handle Bar fit is important

Despite being the most essential stationary part of a mountain bike, handlebars are often overlooked. Unfortunately, most riders only upgrade their handlebars after they’ve been over-restored. Obvious signs as to why you should consider changing your mountain bike handlebars include compromised bike ergonomics, loose or worn handles on the handlebars, or when you need to a handlebar that meets your cycling goals.

Reasons to change mountain bike handlebars include:compromised bike ergonomics, poor handlebar fit, poor handlebar connection to other parts of the bike, or to accommodate specific cycling needs.

  • sore shoulders
  • numb hands, fingers
  • strained shoulders
  • improve control
  • increase handlebar durability
  • getting the proper fit
  • inproving comfort

Different elements of the handlebars, such as handlebar shape, sweep, diameter or handlebar material, affect other parts of the body while driving. However, before considering changing your handlebars, rule out poor posture as the cause of the pain. If you regularly use poor form or use an ill-fitting bike when cycling, you may develop long-term musculoskeletal problems. However, if you’re sure you have a bike that fits properly, your handlebars may be the cause of your discomfort.

With that said, here are some reasons why you should replace your mountain bike handlebars and the factors that influence each reason:

You may also want to upgrade your handlebars to make your bike look cooler. Additionally, you should know the difference between flat handlebars and raised handlebars before making any other decisions.