I've got a set of wide carbon bars on my mountain bike. I get painful wrists after riding because of the shape of the bars. They are pretty much flat with a slight backsweep. How do I know which bars I should buy and what is the benefit of rise and backsweep on handlebars?

  • You may have a fit expert take a look at your cockpit setup. There several other factors that may be cheaper/easier to change before your handlebars. You may look at your stem angle/length, and also where your shifters/brakes are positioned. If you have your brakes/shifters rotated improperly, you can create an uncomfortable angle for your wrists that is painful, but easily fixed. Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 0:21
  • Sounds like your bike-fit needs a review. Could be low handlebars and you've got too much weight on your hands so a slightly lower seat/higher bars/more upright position would help. Voting to leave open because it might be bike fit, but if it goes off into medical then its definitely off topic.
    – Criggie
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 3:11

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That "rise and backsweep" makes it easier to handle the bike when standing up. You'll notice that this is more pronounced on downhill bikes.

I am also uncomfortable on a flat bar, and I use bar-end bullhorns (I don't know if you could install these on a carbon bar).

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