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When choosing new BMX handlebars, there are several key considerations that can all have an effect on comfort and control for moves such as bar spins, manuals, or flat-out racing. For freestyle riding chromoly steel tubing is the optimal material choice thanks to its greater durability and strength. But if racing is your No. 1 priority, it’s worth looking at lighter aluminum or carbon fiber BMX handlebars.
Next you’ll need to decide between two-piece and four-piece, which primarily comes down to aesthetic preference. Two-piece BMX handlebars have one main tube that’s bent to create the main bar. The second thinner crossbar is typically welded across the gap to add rigidity and strength. These are the most common type of BMX handlebars. Four-piece, on the other hand, are consist of two vertically positioned tubes which are joined together by a pair of crossbars.
Height and width are yet two more variables to consider when choosing BMX handlebars. Generally speaking the taller you are the taller and wider bars you’ll want. Wider bars also tend to provide more control because of the greater leverage. But go too wide and it can be harder to execute tricks. Matching bar and shoulder width is a good place to start. And just like mountain bike handlebars, if your BMX handlebars are too wide you can cut them down. The height of your bars affects rearward and forward leverage. For instance, the taller your bars are, the easier it will be to execute manuals.
Upsweep (the degree which the grip area is angled up) and backsweep (the degree which the grip area is angled back) are also options to consider. Both are personal decisions that typically come down to comfort. If you have any questions, give one of JensonUSA.com’s Gear Advisors a call today at 951-234-7554. They can help you get the right BMX handlebars for your needs.