- Dec 17, 2007
Sorry to go off topic a bit here but Please explain how lower bars equals more control. I see people say this quite often but the logic to it doesn’t make sense to me unless you’re shorter than average, not the case at 6’5”.
You mentioned you get less leverage and puts you in an uncomfortable position with lower bars. Which is true, less leverage means more effort to do the same work, uncomfortable position means your arms/upper body position aren’t in their most efficient position, eg; you’re hunched over and probably wrists are bent rather than being aligned with your forearms meaning you have less strength to deal with an unsuspecting movement in the sled or to physically move sled.
When sidehilling and the sled is on its sides, the bars stay lower instead of sticking the upper bar up into your chest when trying to manuever it.
When climbing, the tall bars push your weight up high which relates to leaning back and causes more wheelies.
When hitting things and going over your bars, you don't rake your thighs and shins. I always where motocross knee / shin guards.
There is a reason why the professional backcountry riders have switched to lower bars. The old M sleds, yes i had to run a tall bar for the leverage, but the newer chassis sleds don't really need that much leverage. With ski and throttle control you can manipulate the sled a lot.
It does completely rely upon where you are riding. If I didn't do a lot of tree and steep hill riding, I would run taller bars also.