This might sound stupid but maybe it can help someone before he makes a mistake shortening a handlebar.
This evening, I swapped out the steel handlebar on my son's Hot Rock 20 for a Titec Hellbent I had laying around. Obviously, it was too large at 67 cm. I decided to mount it before shortening to see if it wasn't too large with the brake grips mounted as close to the bend as possible.
Everything seemed fine so I started measuring and got the impression there was something off by almost 3 cm but I couldn't figure out what it was (good reason never to do such a job when you have little time). It was only after I cut off 4 cm from each side that I noticed what caused this: the bike only has rear shifters and the total length of the short grip with the gripshift was 3 cm more than just a long grip!
The result is that the brake handle on the shifter-side is now mounted partly on the first bend in the handlebar instead of on the straight part.
Fortunately, it still works and the overall width is just 2 cm more than the original handlebar. If I would have figured out earlier, I would have cut off only 2.5 cm from each side.
The weight difference between the steel bar and the Titec is noticeable but not as large as I had expected. The Titec does look a lot cooler though, with the matte black finishing and the logo's. It's also a bit lower and from the ten minutes my son tried the bike with the new handlebars, I got the impression he is very happy with it.
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