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Old 04-15-10, 08:26 PM
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Handlebars/Grips replacement for a '09 Rockhopper

I've been riding my 2009 Rockhopper Comp Disc 29'er for over a year now and I'm really displeased with the handlebars and grips. I find that when I get into tight areas the handlebars are just too wide and the riding position is a little uncomfortable so I'd like to replace them. The grips are just as bad, often slipping off and the are just not comfortable at all. I believe the handlebars are Truvativ Stylo Race bars and the grips are Specialized Enduros.

I just started looking but I've read great things about the Easton Monkey series and I've yet to look into grips.

My riding is light trail, fire roads, and towpaths most of the time. Thanks.
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Old 04-15-10, 09:36 PM
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You can shorten your bars by cutting off an equal amount from both ends. A hacksaw will zip through steel or aluminum h'bars. Then just file off the sharp edge. A quick and easy project.
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Lots of bars need trimming, no big deal, like plasticmaam says. What about the riding position and the bars don't make it for you? Sweep? Rise? For slipping grips I'd say look into the ODI lock-on system, quite a few grips work with them.
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I feel like my arms could be a little more angled so a bar with a little more sweep would be cool. I'm sure the rise needs adjusted a little also. I'm going to hit up a LBS today to see if they can help me out a bit since it's hard to align all this stuff solo. The shop I got the bike from did a quick fit but I know a guy that's a little more...picky about minor adjustments.


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Ok so I went on a ride with my buddy today and asked him to ride my bike because I was telling him about the issues I was having with my handlebars and what not. I figured he was probably thinking, "He's probably just making this up." or "He's just being a puss about this.". Well after about 1 mile my buddy was like "Holy crap my wrists hurt like hell." So after our ride I stopped in at the LBS and as soon as I walked the bike in the owner goes "Holy crap. How do you ride with bars that wide." Just like you said, he suggested that I cut about 3-4 inches off each side and try that. He said if that didn't fix the problem that he could set me up with a bar with more sweep.

So it looks like I have a simple project for the next week. I'm going to snag some new grips since the old ones keep coming off and I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the help.

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