How to Set Up Cyclocross Bikes : How to Adjust Cyclocross Bike Handlebar Width

How to Set Up Cyclocross Bikes : How to Adjust Cyclocross Bike Handlebar Width


MICKEY DENONCOURT: Setting up the handlebars
on your cyclocross bike is going to be–you’re going to look for different things than on
a road bike. A road bike, you probably want the narrowest handlebars you can get away
with and still being comfortable for aerodynamics. You know, the closer your hands are together,
the lower your frontal area is. Cross, really, what you want more is you want a nice, wide
handlebar for leverage for, you know, slow-speed riding and, you know, better bike handling
and loose stuff. Then another thing that you usually end up doing when you’re setting up
your bars on the cross bike is you run your hoods, which, you know, your brake lever and
all that stuff is a little bit higher up than you would on a road bike. If this was a road
bike, instead of having–I probably have my bars rotated down a little bit more, so you
get a little bit more drop and to just put myself in a more natural position for riding
in the drops. Most people on cross bikes spend most of their time up here on the top of the
handlebars, I mean, on the hoods, you know, on top of the hoods. So they end up–so you
end up, you know, really optimizing your bike setup around that. So that’s, once again,
where the higher handlebars come in a little bit better. Because it makes it, you know,
easier to ride in multiple positions and still have a high, you know, enough leverage over
the front wheel that you can really corner and stuff like that. So, you know, look for
a wider bar than you normally use for the road. Think about using something with a shorter
reach and a lower drop as well, just to keep, you know, your position between the tops and
the hoods and the drops more consistent, so the bike handles, you know, more similarly
between all those positions.