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    Cutting Carbon Bars

    What's everyone using? Thinking about cutting my bars down to 685-700mm.

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    Sharp hacksaw.
    Old carbon used to fray when cut and tape was necessary. Now a sharp blade and a soft hand is sufficient. (and a guide)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironlegsracer View Post
    What's everyone using? Thinking about cutting my bars down to 685-700mm.
    Google is your friend: https://www.google.com/search?q=cutt...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    I'd use a 32T hacksaw blade and make sure you tape the area you want to cut. That prevents delams.

    Make sure you move the controls in on your un-cut bars before you go through all the trouble of cutting down your bars. If it doesn't feel right after you cut, you can't put length back on. Ride it for a little while with the grips and controls moved in to where you want to cut to then decide if it's the best move.
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    Like zebrahum, I always wrap some masking tape around the tube before I cut it with a 32T hacksaw.

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    Wear a mask and gloves. Carbon is nasty chit, man.
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    What everyone else said. Plus I use a Fork guide
    cutting tool to make sure the cuts are square.

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    Everything as above - I also use water to keep the dust down.

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    i also put some nail polish on cut surface when done
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    I had the bike on my kuwat rack, took the grips off and used masking tape. Then used a hose clamp as a guide and lightly cut it with a hacksaw. Worked perfect. Thanks guys!

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    I like to use a park steer tube cutting guide. It makes a perfect cut every time. And I use at least a sharp 24TPI blade. Then I lightly sand the ends to prevent fraying. Easy as pie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    I like to use a park steer tube cutting guide. It makes a perfect cut every time. And I use at least a sharp 24TPI blade. Then I lightly sand the ends to prevent fraying. Easy as pie!
    +1

    A steerer cutting guide is a must have tool. I also have the Park but note that Nashbar has one currently on sale for $13. To good to pass up!

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...3_10000_201354


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    keep your 700. not that big a difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailtime View Post
    keep your 700. not that big a difference
    Where I ride it comes down to the width you like descending in treeless terrain and the width required to negotiate tight tree lined single track without bashing your pinkies. I compromise on the side of my pinkies.


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