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    New question here. If I cut down bars on a G2 bike will it spoil handling/comfort?

    Hi All, this is my first post to the mtbr but have been reading the forums for about a year now.
    I have just purchased a Trek Cobia 2013 and the difference between it and my previous 26in hardtail is stunning. However, after about 10 years of riding a 26in I love it but feel the bars may be too wide.
    I understand they are helping me breathe easier and offering a more stable ride but if I bring my hands in a little while riding it feels more comfortable.
    My question is: If I cut down the bars will it spoil the G2 geometry?
    Thanks in advance for any comments.

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    The G2 geometry has to do with the frame and fork, nothing else.

    That said, I'd try a shorter stem with the wider bars, and see how you like it.

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    If it's more comfortable slightly narrower, then cut them down.
    Not everyone has the same length arms, shoulder width, flexibility etc, so not everyone should be using the same width bars.

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    They're not helping you breath easier, I don't know who came up with that little gem originally but it's absolute bull****.

    You can always cut more off and you can't add bits on so cut off 1cm from each end at a time and see how it feels.

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    There is also a pure familiarity factor. Ride the wider bars for 4-5 rides and then hop on your old bike and its bars will feel strangely narrow.

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    You can just move your controls and grips inboard and see how you like it before you cut the bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motovita View Post
    You can just move your controls and grips inboard and see how you like it before you cut the bars.
    This. Try it first to make sure. Don't want to cut it then decide you liked it better wide.
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    I moved to wider bars this year and love 'em. All the advice is great... don't cut until you are positive.

    On the other end of the spectrum, though - bars just keep getting wider and wider... if something is good, more must be better? Not.

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    Thanks all for the comments. Been out on it tonight after a couple of days off and it feels less strange. Going to give it some time to see if I get used to it before I start hacking them down.

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    A shorter stem is usual for a change to a wider bar. Borrow a 20mm shorter stem from your lbs service guys to test.

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    If it doesn't feel right in 3 rides, it's not right.

    As noted above, cut in 1 cm increments.

    For regular xc and trail riding, the whole wide bar thing is 50% reality, and 50% dude factor.
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