Adjust Your Bar Height | Mission Control

Welcome to this edition of Mission Control the mini series of videos we talked about
the finer details of bike setup and skills that actually make a big difference to your riding. In this edition we’re going to talk about bar height and how you can adjust it using a various different ways you might see plenty of pros of various races
you’ve been to doing this. and we’re going to talk you through how to do
and why you might want to do it. So the height you set your bars are at
actually determines where your weight sits on the bike so the lower the bars are, the more that
weight is going to tip towards that front wheel the higher they are the more it comes
back towards the rear wheel. So bar height is often determined by the
discipline you ride. For cross country, a lower bar height is gonna put
you in a more aerodynamic paddling position but more importantly for that is
to keep the weight on the front tire that’s going to stop you from wheelieing
on those steepest of climbs. With cross country, you’re looking for a weight
balance of 60/40 to the front wheel. Polar opposite to cross country is
downhill They have aggressive geometry due to slacker head angle and also big suspension forks and that’s naturally going to put your weight further back so it’s going to be really good for steep terrain and also rough terrain You’re going to find more stability With downhill,
you wanted to have 40% of your weight over the front and the remaining 60% over the rear. Somewhere in the middle is Enduro riding
or normal trail mountain bike. When you’re looking for much more
balanced stance on the bike something around 50/50 front to back
with your weight. So you want your bar height somewhere in the middle
to keep some weight on the front tire for climbing but not to low so that feels sketchy going downhill. So, how do you change your bar height? Well the first and easiest way to do so is probably by adjusting your stem spacers As you can see here
I’ve got a couple on top and a couple down below so if we want to raise it or lower it
I’ve got plenty of options. The next one which isn’t that cost
effective is to change your handlebar Nowadays there are a variety of rises for handlebars ranging from 10 all the way up to 40 mm and this is a personal preference
I’d suggest playing around. Personally I’ve got 20 mm raised bars
on at the moment. You can also change the stem you will
see that someone got a 0 degree rise which is really neutral but these go all
the way up to 15 degree rise and remember if you do change your stems
you actually change the length this will change where your bars are relative your
body position. The last way to adjust your bar height
is with your fork. Now some manufactures and
for these Fox 36 is i have here it actually adjust them internally to increase the travel from 140 to 180 and other models do have on the fly adjustments. You can actually lower the travel for the climb and then raise it back up
when you get to the top of the descent so you can rally all the way to the bottom Aside from the discipline of riding you do so low bars for cross country
and higher bars for downhill there a couple of other factors might determine your bar height Your own height actual make a
difference. So if you were 6 foot 5 you’re probably going to have higher bars then someone who is 5 foot 2 because your bikes are scales up. But also a lot of it does come down to personal preference. Whilst I like quite high bars
they’re really confidence inspiring for going downhill, I can take some weight off the front tire
and that doesn’t help in cornering. so if you’re sliding the front wheel and
washing out all the time maybe you need slightly lower bars to
get a bit more weight onto that front tire it does make a big difference to cornering So to summarize.
By adjusting your bar height you’ll actually find that by lowering it you’re going to get more
front wheel grip and will be better for climbing by raising it you’re going to get more back wheel grip and you’re gonna be able to descend about
the easier with a lot more stability Personally l’d like to keep a couple of
stem spacers spare so if I’m going somewhere like the Alps
that’s predominantly downhill I’ll stick an extra spacer underneath and raise that bar high top but I don’t care about it too much. For you want to see more videos like this you click up there for stem length explained and why not click down there for
top 10 beginning mistakes give thumbs up enjoyed it
click in the middle to subscribe and leave us some other cool comments of videos you want
to see like this down below what was that one that you said
if the bar is closer to you then it’s easier to get a drink it’s easier to drink if the bar is higher low bar I have to right reach down there for the height Good examples into weight distribution.
Bar height, I always thinks about bar height.

75 Replies to “Adjust Your Bar Height | Mission Control”

  1. Jackson Buresh says:


  2. Thomas B says:

    First comment 😄

  3. Mike says:

    Last time I came this early neil's face was entered into the caption contest

  4. Mack Raymond says:

    how did you determine the weight distribution ratios?

  5. Oliver Wise says:

    I want to see a wheelie/ manual competition with mark

  6. toasty bear says:

    do the length of your forks change too then? i have spacers on top of my stem, is that not okay?

  7. Jack says:

    wheel size will also effect bar height

  8. Jason Mccarthy says:

    star wars "resistance fighter" helmets!

  9. Nicolai Melchior says:

    I miss Marc

  10. DANNY BOY says:

    Hi I'm Daniel I'm 5'10" I ride a Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 Medium frame it has 720mm bars and 76mm stem I watch your videos all the time they're very educational since new to the mtb seen my question is I'm been trying to decide on longer bars and shorter stem since I'm having a hard time doing manuals can't seem to get the front end off the ground even leaning way back I weigh 270lbs I can do a simple bunny hop but can't do the other the combo I've been looking is 780/760 Syntace carbon 20high rise or 760/720 10high rise with either 40mm or 50mm stem wich setup do you think would best fit I want to be able to jump do manuals pretty much ride my bike like a bmx on the trails up and downhill rough and flat terrain with confidence thanks for your time and awesome videos 👍👍🚵

  11. Andrew Kelly says:

    Nice vid guys some excellent info as usual. Will be taking delivery of a custom monstercross soon. Am using off road drop-bars will let you know how I get on.

  12. Mihailo Bata says:

    I am 13. What is better bar width for me: 740mm or 700mm???

  13. Alex Scott says:

    Can you do a video about procore?

  14. Scott Wilson says:

    very usefull thanks lads

  15. ThunderStruckCoach says:

    My 4 lumbar surgeries effect my bar height!

  16. stuart shelley says:

    not bike related but just wanted to say well done to the English boys to winning the six nations and also the grand slam 🙂

  17. Justin F says:

    Can you do a video on how to make a non dh bike more effective for downhill without spending much money? I am building a steep dh trail and my brakes get real hot even just going part way down even though it's not done


  18. Iñigo Zubizarreta says:

    I have a question: how do i adjust a loose headset, the actual problem is that I have a dual crown fork, please reply, is it the same as a single crown ?

  19. JD Walker says:

    Scott's lucky the industry doesn't charge for bars by the mm

  20. Ethan Shaw says:

    Really good video nice and helpful!! Thanks

  21. NorthEastRider says:

    Is there a video on how many mm of suspension is needed for various uses?

  22. Colson Bennett says:

    Land between the lakes in Kentucky

  23. Oliver Boldero says:

    I was hoping to see something about bar roll in this video. I'm not sure what's the best setting for me. Any tips for setting this up?

  24. Harwan stia yoga says:

    I have steel handlebar and stem. Is recommended to change them into carbon material type?

  25. DarekTube1 says:

    Truly british… pint always needs to be considered in any type of calculation 😉 You should start a new video section "Pint friendly tips" 😉 Nice video BTW, informative and entertaining as always.

  26. Michael Herleth says:

    Niel how are those 7iDP Transition kneepads?

  27. Cormac Hogan says:

    do a video on how to train for motocross using a mtb

  28. Sam Cope says:

    Where do you ride

  29. Tomáš Horák says:

    Hello what is the best knee pad (price/quality) ?

  30. Brandon_G13 says:

    Thank you! I was never able to find anything about bar height! looks like ill be raising them a little!

  31. Wayne Wang says:

    i was just wondering.. could you guys make a GMBN mud guard? would really love to buy your merchandise!!

  32. gerrit erickson says:

    Can you do a viedo for suspension and its various uses

  33. Peter Jay says:

    That GT bike color way is horrid.

  34. Monica says:

    Am I noticing kind of a different tone from Scotty? I kinda find it more relaxing than when he drops everytime in ends of a sentence. It just feels more natural to listen to, hope you keep it up.

  35. Merrilees MTB says:

    Can higher bars cause the front wheel to wash out? I find that with my new frame which is bigger, more travel longer and slacker, that on turns going downhill and berms that I don't have enough weight on the front wheel. (I have already washed out on a turn and I've only had it a few days). Should I just lower my bar height or adapt to a more forward/central riding style?

  36. Willvsfood says:

    Will those long sleeve GMBN shirts that you guys wear in these videos ever be for sale on your website? Seems like a lot of people would look into purchasing them.

  37. Jeffrey Stewart says:

    how can I get one of the shirts that you guys wear when you are out riding

  38. Michael Towler says:

    would a minor adjustment of a  dropper post have the same effect on weight distribution  without changing having to change  bar height ?

  39. rex villanueva says:

    hi. im rex from the philippines. I would like to ask about my current bike set up. I have a hardtail gt avalanche and my fork has a 120 travel. I have 4 spacer of 10mm and a 90mm stem length. is it balance enough as a xc bike?

  40. Jeffrey Maselli says:

    Hey guys still loving the videos. I was hanging at my local shop the other day, and one of the guys showed me your videos, saying you had some good stuff, so of course, I had to let him know you were on my subscriber list! Thanks again!

  41. Adrian Martinovic says:

    why don't you make videos with normal bikes,Its easier with those expensive ones

  42. Kye Wilson says:

    can't you get the best of both worlds by having a longer stem and a riser bar? so your weight is over the front wheel but also in a downhill position due to the high bar??

  43. Gábor Móczik says:

    The only thing I don't understand in the A-Head system is, why is it superior to the old "steerer tube slides in the fork tube" system. It was a more logical system, easy to adjust the bar height and the bearing clearance independently, no need to play with spacers, and offers much more height adjusting range.

  44. Alex Paulsen says:

    If you want to adjust your bar height the easiest way, use a threaded headset and a quill stem. Cut those bars down and add some brightly coloured anodised bar ends for good measure. Don't forget to fit your cable stop if required, so that you can have your cantilever brakes running mint.

  45. Winsor Espadilla says:

    You guys are legend 👍

  46. Sandeep Ghorale says:

    my height is 5.10feet and have 26innch bike…how to raise my handle bar height

  47. scott wilson says:

    scott is that a renthal 50 or 60mm stem you was using in this video??

  48. Private X says:

    I keep adjusting my bar height, and now the screws on stem are loose.

  49. j mack says:

    you talked and talked and talked , but did not show how to adjust the height

  50. Spirit™ says:

    Is 40/60 good for wheelies, or it doesn't matter?

  51. Jake Williams says:

    Say I am just going to school on my bike with my friends and doing wheelies what bar height would u recommend

  52. Jake Williams says:

    Also if I go out to jumps how should I put them

  53. Akmal Vlog says:

    I like enduro better than downhill

  54. Phillip Nieman says:


  55. Donn Longstreet says:

    It would be helpful to include measuring, and relation to seat height. What is "Higher" and what is "Lower"?

  56. tmomedrano says:

    will 10mm rise in bar height make a difference? kinda feel stretched and sketchy in my local dh/enduro track. but how do i determine if its because poor posture or bar height?

  57. Jonathan De Smet says:

    Hi guys love your vids 🙂 now how about jump bikes? I run the standard bars and stem and would like to change

  58. Jack Feder SKI says:

    Nitpicking note: for 2:24 in the video: 1 "mil" is NOT 1 millimeter. a "mil" is a thousandth of an inch.

  59. musicsuxnowadays says:

    I just wanted a video that ACTUALLY SHOWED ME HOW TO RAISE IT.

  60. Mr Persevere says:

    Hello guys. need some advice. I recently installed a stem riser onto my mountain bike, and it doesn't seem to be stable. Let me explain: before every bike ride, I like to test that everything is in tact to prevent any injuries, you know, things like the seat, handlebars, and peddles. I've tested the handlebar too by trying to move it side to side, and after installing the stem riser, THE HANDLEBARS MOVE.

    I need to know whether this is normal? Should I return it?

    PLEASE NOTE: Its not super lose, so requires a little bit of strength to get handlebars to move out of position. BEFORE installing the stem riser, this did not happen….EVER!

    what should i do? Thanks

  61. mosiowaty says:

    XC – more weight to the front wheel? Seriously?? Could you give me any source that explains it? I've been riding cross country a lot and on flat terrain there's much more weight on the rear. I would say: XC – 40 front/ 60 rear, enduro – 35 front / 55 rear, DH – 30 front / 70 rear and I think I actually heard it somewhere. Confirms with my observations as I do a little enduro.

  62. Boof Eyes Thanos says:

    I enjoy casual trail riding, but do enjoy sending some down hill. I have 4 spacers (idk what height), should I remove them?

  63. FSU_V_Pad says:

    How do you raise it? What’s purpose of this video? Didn’t show me how to raise it….

  64. Zishan Murat says:

    Not good

  65. Meat Paws says:

    Not a single wrench is turned in this video to demonstrate raising bar. Complete waist of time to watch, with lots of Grey Poupon chitter chattering from two power ranger dressed white dudes.

  66. Meat Paws says:

    Lmao Jason!

  67. Henry B says:

  68. Rick Ved Jyotish says:

    Is there a version of this video in English?

  69. Ed P says:


  70. DSM Dallas says:

    DUAL DROPPER POST! One for the seat and one for handlebars JOB DONE!

  71. marlon cordova says:

    Sorry to bother yogu. Are I have 2014 zesty 329 is a trial 29er bike with 120mm travel I want to feel more secure as I go DH. Will a riser bar help me stay more secure behind the bars and how many mm do you recommend

  72. ROU Xenophobe says:

    Hi GMBN, how about a video showing wheelie/manual-ability vs bar width! Start with wide bars and chop down in increments…

  73. Cam Wells says:

    Main area I struggle on descents is back pain , finding that sweet spot for my bars on descents is not always the same for general pedaling around

  74. Bas says:

    50/50 etc doesn't rly help.. showing the bar height in comparison to the saddle would help

  75. Joe Peroni says:

    THIS and the previous video featured guys going "blah blah blah", without saying how to RAISE THE HEIGHT OF MY HANDLEBARS.

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