Val Di Sole Pitstop – Bar and Stem Set-Up

Subtle but crucial bar and stem setup for the punishing Worlds track

Bar and stem setup is critical here on the punishing World Championship track at Val Di Sole. The relentless collisions with rock and root over three-and-a-half minutes leads to sore hands and arms which can affect line choice and flow.

Unlike many tracks most riders pay close attention to fatigue levels on their body and adjust the bar height and tilt to make the ride as comfortable as possible. The steep lower sections can also lead to increased weight transfer particularly on tired bodies.

Here’s a quick look at who’s doing what up front:

Greg Minnaar

The three-time World Champion riding Santa Cruz has arguably paid the most attention to the front end of his bike. Greg has gone up and down on bar height with the fork set high and added spacers to get the bar quite high. Note the bar has a 7.5 backsweep where many are running a 9 degree sweep. The Enve bar has a 4.5 degree tip. Like many he’s opted for 31.8mm bar.

Bar width – Enve 31.8, 810mm

Bar rise – 25mm

Stem length – 45mm


Aaron Gwin

Gwin is another who has lifted the front end of his bike. John Hall has inserted two spacers under the crown and the Renthal is a 30mm. The bar is tilted backwards significantly.

Bar height: Renthal 30mm

Bar width: 790mm

Stem length: 50mm/Zero stack



Troy Brosnan

Troy has ditched his custom World’s carbon Renthal for a higher rise aluminium bar. The striking setup with Troy is the narrow 740mm width which is tilted back more than any rider.

Stem length: Renthal 45mm Zero stack

Bar width: Renthal Aluminium 740mm

Bar height: Renthal Aluminium 38mm

Danny Hart

More spacers have been added to Danny’s Mondraker and he’s stuck with the custom painted carbon Fatbar. Bars tilted back almost in line with the fork.

Bar height: Renthal Carbon 30mm

Bar width: Renthal 780mm

Stem length: 40mm

Rachel Atherton

Relative lowness for Rachel although a custom frame with offset.

Bar height: 18mm

Bar width: 775mm

Stem length: 50mm (one spacer)

Mick Hannah

Strongman Mick Hannah has gone high like Minnaar. Many spacers on the front end of the Polygon. Significant rearward tilt on the bar.

Bar height: 30mm

Bar width: 780mm

Stem length: 50mm

Remi Thirion

The french star rides a medium with a 8mm offset. The Commencal has one of the shortest reach figures on any downhill bike and Remi, unlike most, runs a very forward orientated bar position.

Bar height: 30mm

Stem length: 40mm

Frame offset: 8mm

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