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handlebar width
« on: May 22, 2007, 08:35:58 AM »
ok - i have not cut my bars down.  what is the proper handlebar width and can carbon bars be cut to the correct length?

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007, 08:46:05 AM »
This is more of a personal preference and it will be different for everyone.  I always cut mine at least one inch on each side.  My current carbon Monkey Lite SL's are down to 22.5 inches.  Some will say that making the bars shorter will take a slightly stronger effort to turn.  It may be, but down two inches from normal length, I don't notice the difference in effort.  I do notice a MAJORr difference in confidence.  No problems on the quadrants at Boyette now.

You can cut carbon bars just be careful on which saw you use.  Plumber's pipe cuting tools are good.  If you use a hacksaw, make sure the blade is brand new and very fine.  If you take the bar off and bring it to a LBS, they might cut it for you for free.

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007, 08:58:48 AM »
i didn't know if it was a personal preference thing or a body mechanics thing...like cut them depending on shoulder width. 

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007, 09:16:05 AM »
when you cut your bars.. you should be cutting for feel..  wider bars are nice.. i personally dont like cut bars.. but when i by bars i buy them based on width and weight...

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007, 09:21:16 AM »
mine seem fine...i just hear of people cutting them and never knew why

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2007, 10:02:01 AM »
Totally personal preference. I agree with Bob for myself, but I understand why Marcel did his.


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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2007, 10:10:24 AM »
is that something that should be addressed at a proper fitting?

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2007, 10:32:11 AM »
I have had two fittings done at AJ's.  Both addressed the lenth of my arm reach relative to length of stem as well as angle.  Neither addressed the length betwen my hands on handle bar.  It is totally based on feel, confort, and confidence.  But what do I know....there may be a proper length suggestion based on should length.  I for one think is totally individual's preference. But ask Dave at AJ's next time you there to see if they addres that.

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2007, 11:08:57 AM »
Whatever reason for cutting those expensive handlebars (tight spots?) try adjusting your grips to narrow it to whatever supposed width you like and ride for couple of times and feel the difference. Advantages maybe less snagging branches and hugging trees but disadvantages are less stability and control (just slight) and I heard from other friends experiences that it affects your breathing (?) too since you are squeezing your chest.

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2007, 11:13:41 AM »
OK - just for the phyisical mechanics of it..i just did a little experiment with a broom handle.

i gripped it and then slid my grip out and in and there definately is a "sweet spot" where your wrists are in a comfortable non binded position. 

doing it on a broom stick definately shows that width compared to your shouilder width makes a big difference.  so i have to think that there has to be a sweet spot on your handlebars based on your physical size as well.

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2007, 12:18:40 PM »
I run mine around 24 inches. There are a few spots that I can barely make with them that wide at Carter Rd though. I just go by what is comfortable, but I figure if my fat shoulders won't fit between the tree's what is the point of having handlebars that will? ;)
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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2007, 12:19:34 PM »
HAHA - good point

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2007, 03:40:46 PM »
OK - just for the phyisical mechanics of it..i just did a little experiment with a broom handle.

i gripped it and then slid my grip out and in and there definately is a "sweet spot" where your wrists are in a comfortable non binded position. 

doing it on a broom stick definately shows that width compared to your shouilder width makes a big difference.  so i have to think that there has to be a sweet spot on your handlebars based on your physical size as well.

However, if you check your handlebars with that very same broomstick you will see that the handles are NOT straight on to eash other like the broomstick might be.  That fact alone changes your "sweet spot" theory since your hand angle is very different on a real handlebar compared to a broomstick.
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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2007, 03:50:08 PM »
i understand that there is a sweep - say for instance if you use a handlebar instead of a broom stick and you do the same thing - as you move your hands out and back together there is only going to be 1 distance where your wrists are not in some sort of bunded position

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Re: handlebar width
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2007, 09:10:24 PM »
24" to 25" seems about right. My Race Face bar was 26 1/2" stock - too wide for tight spots between trees on most of our local trails. After tirmming to 25" I have had little problem squeezing through. Just sight the trail through the trees and the bike (should) follow. 
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