- 3mm hex key
- 4mm hex key
- 5mm hex key
- Phillips head screwdriver
Note: Begin this process by removing the faceplate from the stem of the bike (use 4mm hex key). Whether you're building this bike fresh out of the box or adjusting handlebars that have already been installed, this will be the first step.
Pictured here are examples of incorrect handlebar positioning, with the bars being either too far forward or too far backward. Obtaining the correct handlebar position will optimize comfort and function, allowing you to steer and brake properly. This of course means that riding with an incorrect bar position presents a safety hazard.
Incorrect Handlebar Position
- Notice the "sweep" or angle of the bars themselves. When rotated too far backward, the bars take on a "frowning" shape
- Pay attention to the angle of the brake levers. Here they are almost parallel with the ground which is not recommended.
- Again notice the "sweep", this time when the bars are rotated too far forward. The bars take on a "smiling" effect.
- Brake levers are pointed almost directly at the ground. Depending on the rider, this could present a safety hazard if the brake levers are too far out of reach.
Correct Handlebar Positioning
- When positioned correctly the bars will have a slight upward flare.
- Brake levers will sit at roughly a 45 degree angle.
- Now that you have found the correct handlebar positioning it is time to lock the bars in place by tightening the faceplate on the stem, shown in the next step.
Finishing Handlebar Adjustment
- When tightening the faceplate on the stem you may need to hold the bars in the desired position with one hand while starting the initial tightening with your other hand. Use the marking grooves on the handlebar to center from left to right.
- Now tighten the bolts of the faceplate. The procedure for tightening the faceplate bolts will be a crisscross pattern (top left > bottom right, bottom right > top right, top right > bottom left). Do not begin by fully tightening each bolt, one at a time. Do begin by barely threading each of the bolts in, then once all bolts are in, follow the crisscross pattern.
Note: You may need to repeat the crisscross pattern several times before each bolt has obtained even spacing between faceplate and stem, and before each bolt is fully tightened.
- Achieve even spacing between the faceplate and the stem by paying close attention while tightening each bolt. Make sure each bolt is actually tight in addition to being visually even on the top and the bottom of the faceplate.
After completing the adjustment of your handlebar, you may find that the components attached to the bar may need further adjustment to fit your liking. Pictured below are instructions on how to adjust the components.
- Brake levers (5mm hex key)
- Shifter (Phillips head screwdriver)
-Controller (3mm hex key)
- Grips (3mm hex key)