MTB handlebar usage

Handlebar Usage

How do you hold a mountain bike handlebar properly?

The most important rule when riding in technical terrain is to remain relaxed.

Only then, can the 80 cm or more of travel that the human body is capable of providing be effectively added to the 10 - 20 cm of travel the bike provides. If the body is cramped up, the suspension travel it can provide is reduced and can no longer be used to its full potential. The dynamic human suspension travel can, with advanced riding techniques, even act early, such as with the bunny hop or pre-hopping over take-offs in order to land on the downramp rather than overshooting into the flat.

The 'sucking-up' of bumps or even entire jumps or doubles - a technique used in BMX riding - belongs in this category also.

Handlebar sweep

Handlebar sweep

Sports medics recommend a stronger backwards bend in order to achieve a straighter transition from lower arm to hand.

The so-called back sweep, the backward bend, ensures the wrist is not overstretched, the carpal tunnel is no longer constricted and the supply to hand is improved. The risk of sleepy and numb fingers is minimised. Especially discomfort in index and middle fingers is reduced.

We have a handlebar for each discipline of riding with the respective correct amount of back sweep.

Positioning - The chain hand - Elbow - Shoulder

 Handlebar Ergonomic

This chain needs to be observed as a whole. The hand position determines the elbow position. This in turn has its effect on the load to the shoulder, where the magnitude of the load is determined by the angle of the back.

Our handlebars are not only fine tuned for the intended use, but also for a comfortable, yet at the same time, optimal position, for a dynamic riding style.

The back sweep is adapted to the handlebar width, is typically somewhat more than found on traditional handlebars and provides an optimal transition from the forearm to the hand.

Handlebar Ergonomics

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