The Rhythm Elite feels stout and flex-free, and we liked being able to start off at 820mm before trimming them down.
|Wide handlebars have their advantages, with some added width helping to slow down the steering of a twitchy feeling bike, and many riders who go wide never go back simply because it seems to add to a bike's level of playfulness. That fact alone, that those who go wide usually don't go back to narrower bars, shows that mega-wide handlebars certainly aren't a trend. There are, of course, many riders and many trails that won't gel with the massive Rhythm Elite handlebar when it's left at 820mm, but this is where it pays to experiment. Sure, you'll likely want to trim them down, but you don't know until you give them a go. I did exactly that, taking them from 820mm to 790mm by first chopping 10mm off each side and then later taking off another 5mm. They're still wider than most, but I don't find them too wide for the trails that I ride, while still getting the benefits of the added stability and playfulness that a wide setup brings to the table. The Rhythm Elite also feels extremely stiff - there isn't even a hint of flex to be found - which you may or may not be into if you're coming off of something a bit more forgiving. No, they aren't trying to be the lightest, and their aluminum construction might not be as sexy as a some carbon fiber options out there, but the Rhythm Elite is a reasonably priced choice if you're looking to see what all the fuss about wide handlebars is for. Start wide and then cut them down to what you think is best for you - you might be surprised where you end up. - Jordan Carr|
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