Words by Cat Crimmins
It’s a popular scenario; you started mountain biking and got very excited when you purchased a brand new (to you) lovely mountain bike. It felt amazing and you learnt your trade on it. However, recently you have been having a little bit of bike envy, be it one of your riding buddy’s bike or by looking at bikes online… everything looks so gorgeous!
You want something new but can’t justify the cost of a new mountain bike just yet. Then what about upgrading your bike? Admittedly, these parts cost £££s, but it’s a lot cheaper than buying a new bike, plus you can transfer them over to the new stead when that day finally arrives.
Thankfully gone are the days when bikes come with 100+mm stems and narrow 680mm bars finished with comedy bar ends. Shorter stems and wider bars allow the rider to be more aggressive and have more control on the techy trails (plus way more comfy to ride too). Bar lengths have gone a bit bonkers recently with 800mm being popular, however, most females would find 740-760mm bars more than wide enough paired with a 50mm stem.
Aluminium bars and stem cost around £130 with a carbon bar alternative costing closer to £200. However, with stem/bar sizes being a personal choice, there are plenty of nearly new ones on the second-hand market, so a bargain is easy to be had!