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New 2021 Talon. Thinking of shorting the handle bars

Old 04-22-21, 02:11 PM
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New 2021 Talon. Thinking of shorting the handle bars

I just bought a new gaint talon 1 and the handle bar are so long I am having hard time get it in and out of house door i am think of cutting 2 inch of the bars is this bad idea ?
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Old 04-22-21, 03:00 PM
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I think you are talking about the handlebar width.

In any case handlebar width is subjective and largely based on personal preference.

Generally speaking....riders who are taller or have broader shoulders will likely need wider handlebars. The opposite can be said of riders with narrower shoulders and shorter arms.
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Getting out the door is much, much, much less important than how your bike feels on the dirt...right? I can't believe this is a serious question.
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First slide the shifters, brakes and grips in on each side by the amount you want to remove before cutting them to see if you like it.

If a narrower bar isn’t going to work, you can cut slots in the door frame.

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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
Getting out the door is much, much, much less important than how your bike feels on the dirt...right? I can't believe this is a serious question.
Nothing on this forum surprises me anymore. I often wonder how some members can function at all day to day.
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ummm...maybe just take the front wheel off and turn the handlebars sideways to get it in and out the door? That seems like a more sensible solution than hacking up a nice new bike...
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Originally Posted by bcaz View Post
I just bought a new gaint talon 1 and the handle bar are so long I am having hard time get it in and out of house door i am think of cutting 2 inch of the bars is this bad idea ?
As suggested, you can slide the shifters brakes and grips in 1 on either side and see how you like it. If it feels OK, then go ahead and cut them down.

But first I would ride it for a few rides as is. Looks like these are 780mm? Some folks like them that wide (or even wider) Cutting 2 off gives you 730mm which is definitely on the narrow side these days, at least for men.

I run a 777mm bar on my FS bike and a 750mm bar on my fat bike. I tried my old 725mm bar and it now feels too narrow for trail riding to me.

In short, find the right width for when you are riding, not for getting in the door.

There is nothing magical about the stock width of these handlebars. Many handlebars come longer than they need to in anticipation of them being cut down later. Many handlebars even have marks on them to guide in the process.
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Old 04-25-21, 04:29 PM
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Thanks for all the advice I will think about
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