What does rise mean for mountain bike handlebars?
Like handlebar width, the rise of a handlebar is usually given in millimetres, and only very rarely in inches. The term refers to the height difference between the centre of the handlebar and the handlebar grips. Handlebars without rise are also called flatbars, while those with rise are called riser handlebars. The most common rise heights are between 0 and 30 mm; above that, they’re referred to as high-risers. Many manufacturers offer popular models in a wide variety of rise options. Exactly how much rise handlebars should have is a matter of taste, and also depends on the bike and the area of application. With handlebar rise you can easily adjust your desired cockpit height to the stack height, head tube length and fork height of your bike. In general, a low cockpit provides a lot of pressure on the front wheel and prevents it from rising when climbing. A higher cockpit makes your sitting position more relaxed and reduces the rollover sensation when going downhill. Expert tip: a high-riser is often a better alternative if you want to raise the cockpit, as it’s stiffer compared to spacers under the stem. Negative rise, i.e. drop, only plays an outsider role in mountain biking in contrast to gravel biking, for example in cross-country bikes one sees in the world cup.