How to raise your mountain bike handlebar

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How to raise your mountain bike handlebars

When using the mountain bike, at times you may require adjusting the size of the handlebars. You can do this to maximize comfort, to boost visibility, performance, comfort and also to prevent injuries. In this article, we shall guide you on how to adjust your mountain bike handlebars successfully.

Even before you start the process of raising the handlebars on your mountain bike, you need to consider the type of mountain bike you are using. This is because mountain bikes come with different types of handlebars. Most of the mountain bikes use flat bars. These bars are the most versatile and are very stable. Apart from that, flat handlebars are lightweight and easy to use.

After you have determined the type of your mountain bike, you will need to check if your bike uses a threaded headset stem or a threadless headset stem. This will allow you to determine the best method you should use to raise the handlebars.

How to adjust Threadless Headset Stem Handlebars

  • Using an Allen key, remove the long bolt located on the stem cap.
  • Using the Allen key, make the small bolts on the threadless headset stem loose.
  • Remove the handlebars carefully from the stem.
  • Add spacers on the main tube
  • Replace the stem cap and the stem
  • Loosen the handlebars and ensure that they can move freely.

The stem is the ‘L’ shaped metal that is located between the body of your mountain bike and the handlebars. Threadless headsets are very easy to identify because they have many bolts. They usually have two small bolts and one large bolt.

How to adjust threaded headset stem

  • Ensure that the bolt at the top is loose
  • Using a wrench, loosen the locknut
  • Remove the stem from your bike
  • Set your required handlebar position
  • Reattach the stem and then set it properly

Threaded headset stems features one continuous piece of metal that connects the body of the bike with the handlebars. They also have a single bolt that is located at the top.

There are no set standards that determine the correct size of the handlebars. However, different widths can help in various ways. Before you think of the best size, it is good to consider how you will be using the mountain bike. You should keep the following tips in mind when determining the proper width of your handlebars.

  • Consider the body size of the user
  • Decide the intended purpose of the handlebars
  • Consider other types of mountain bike you have used and whether you would like to maintain the same size of handlebars
  • You also need to thing of the trails or the terrains where you will be riding


Irrespective of your preferred handlebar size, you should ensure that the handlebars are very comfortable. If you are not sure about the correct size of handlebars you should use, you can take your bike to a local bike shop for assistance. You can also talk to a bike expert for guidance.


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