Handle angle

December 10, 2014 | 1 Minute Read

While getting into the BMX game again I am struggling to get a decent manual and j-hop landed. A fellow rider named Tim told me that the handlebars are a little too much forwards leaning into Chicago-style.

My 4130 stance

Looking more closely to other setups, he’s surely right about it. Getting my weight above the rear axle is just undoable. Unable to move my bum towards the back enough I am unable to balance the bike out. Even though it’s just a few centimeters to the front it will make a difference in the tilting point.

Handle bar positions

Looking more closely at the handle bar positions i decided to go for ‘The Norm’ position. This is actually very comfortable.

My 4130 stance - The Norm

A broomstick is used to vertically level out the the bar to the fork. The handling will be different and I hope my knees will survive. The front load stem has already been flipped to rise the bar a little. When this isn’t feeling right of slips too much, due to the downward impact force, a top load stem will be installed.