help me choose a handlebar bend.

i ride a '98 yz400f. i want to replace the handlebars with some renthal 7/8" bars, however can't decide on a bend. the only thing i would change with the stock bars is maybe 1/8"-1/4" rise at the most. which bend should i be looking at? i am 6'1" if that helps.

also, does anyone know if the renthal 7/8" bars are a bit wider than stock yz400f bars? i'm definitely open to a little more width too.

the windham bend would be perfect for you (9718)

the windham bend would be perfect for you (9718)

windham protapers are 1 1/8"

sticking with 7/8" my pick would be Renthal Jimmy Button Bend...

The renthal windham bend...

The renthal windham bend...

ok...sorry didn't realize Renthal had a windham bend too, makes sense now

And another good option is called the RM High, I believe.

And another good option is called the RM High, I believe.
Pro Taper calls the Windham bend an equivalent to the "RM Mid". Bends and methods of measuring them vary a bit from one supplier to another, so it wouldn't surprise be if one man's RM high was the same as another's mid.

The thing that I particularly like about the Windham is that it not only raises the grip position, it moves it forward a good way, too, which makes standing for long periods of time much more relaxing. They're my favorite so far, and I'm not really tall at all, either.

CR High bend, that is the only bend bar I use on all of my bikes.

the windham bend would be perfect for you (9718)

cool, thanks, i'll give it a shot.

i wish mx bar companies would get their stuff straight and list all the specs of their bars. in the bmx world they have no problem listing the rise, width, upsweep, backsweep and even crossbar length! why can't the mx people do the same? life's great mysteries...

edit-ah, nevermind, i found the bar specs page on their site. doh'.

CR High bend, that is the only bend bar I use on all of my bikes.

Those are good bars.....I found them a little too high by the smallest of margins. The Protaper Henry/Reed is set-up the same but slightly lower.

The thing I didn't like about the Henry/Reed bend is that they sit too far back and don't allow me to stand in a relaxed position with good control.

I've been using cr-hi, they are good bend but too much pullback, I'll go with windham on my next bars.

well, for better comparison purposes, does anyone know the dimensions of stock 1998 yz400f bars? i'd rather this not be like my bmx bike where i had to go through about $400 in bars to find what worked best for me.

Somewhat like the Pro Taper Contour "YZ Low", (or mid) bend. About 75mm rise and fairly straight.

The thing I didn't like about the Henry/Reed bend is that they sit too far back and don't allow me to stand in a relaxed position with good control.

Positive offset by 1.5 notches takes care of that :eek: I have shorter arms than most though.

Another thing about the protaper contours is that they are incredibly strong!

I find the CR Highs sweep to be to exaggerated, look for a less sever bend. IMHO

Positive offset by 1.5 notches takes care of that :eek:
If by that you mean rolling the bars forward in the clamps, not for me. I like the tops of the bars flat, and rolling them forward tilts the ends up. Looks goofy, feels goofier.
If by that you mean rolling the bars forward in the clamps, not for me. I like the tops of the bars flat, and rolling them forward tilts the ends up. Looks goofy, feels goofier.

To each their own but valid point for your style of riding. Bar bends are like tire preferences and oil recommendations........you are going to get a lot of feedback one way or another.

ive been experiencing wrist/hand soreness. not really arm pump. i can run 20 laps no prob on the quad but after about 5 laps on the yz my wrists are killing me. will the windham bend take some of the pressure off?

ive been experiencing wrist/hand soreness. not really arm pump. i can run 20 laps no prob on the quad but after about 5 laps on the yz my wrists are killing me. will the windham bend take some of the pressure off?

While I was trying to set my 06 up for better cornering, I followed everyone's advice about getting a taller handlebar. I had already installed taller bar risers so I didn't go with the tallest bar (Windham) instead I chose the one that was the flattest (least amount of sweep) which is the "Factory Suzuki/KTM" EVO. The FS/KTM bend is only 7mm lower but is 6mm flatter. My experience is that it was one of the best mods for improving the cornering on my 06, but it had a tremendous comfort improvement on my wrists, especially the one that had been broken from my racing days. I like this bar so much that I just installed it on my 08. So yes, the right bar will definitely improve your comfort/performance by helping you get into the correct body position and taking stress off certain parts of your body.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now