Over the last decade, we’ve seen wheel sizes go in and out of favor, but one trend that has been on a steady growth path has been handlebar width. Nearly every modern mountain bike comes stock with handlebars that measure between 780-810mm wide. That’s not to say manufacturers are spec’ing the proper width for you, just that it’s much easier to cut handlebars down than it is to make them grow.
Some riders in our General Discussion Forum are fed up with extra-wide handlebars. Suggestions for finding the perfect handlebar width include using a push-up stance to find your ideal fit or using your local trails as a guide to how wide you should be riding.