Mountain Biking - Bars cut?
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Just wondering, me and siu blue wind were talking about this. Do people get they handle bars cut down when they buy a new bike? I didn't know people did that. But now that I think about it, I guess for people who don't have broad shoulders it would improve handling.
not necessarily. it is preference mostly. i guess tight trails might call for narrow bars to avoid trees etc...
i am a pretty small guy, however i buy wide bars. in fact, it is one of the main determinants of which brand i buy. i have found some wide fsa dh bars. i think nearly 28". my shoulders are far from broad. so don't feel like that has to dictate bar width...do what you like
these are the ones i bought:
as you can see....whatever 710/25.4 = ? i have not found too many wider than this...
i would be PO'ed if i woke up to find my bars narrowed! it would feel really weird. i like the increased leverage and, whether real or perceived, stability that only a wide arm/bar stance provides.
06-30-06, 02:16 PM
I do it myself after riding the bike for a bit so I will know how much is best for me. a decent pipe cutter will do the trick
i rode for a lil, and then cut them myself. i couldnt get my hands ona pipe cutter so i jsut took a hacksaw to them and then filled them so they werent all jagged, and crooked on the end.
here and there
06-30-06, 03:33 PM
I'm broad shouldered and find the 64 cm wide riser bars on my rockhopper to be perfect. For a while I had Nashbar trekking bars on the bike (during the semester when I didn't have time to hit the trails and was only riding on the road) which are 55 cm wide and they felt fine too, but I much prefer a wider handlebar.
06-30-06, 03:39 PM
i cut my bmx bars a while ago because it made that bike handle how i like. as for my mountain bike, when i by new bars they're gonna stay wide for trials, unless i have a trials rig by then. then i dont know how wide ill leave them.
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