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    Trek hardtail questions

    Pardon these newbie questions- I'm a road biker and haven't mountain biked since the mid-1990s. I've just bought a Trek 6300 and need a bit of advice. The bars are 660mm Bontranger alloy and are too wide. Is there any reason I can't just hacksaw an inch off of each end?

    Second, the RS Recon silver fork moves up and down annoyingly when I'm climbing standing in the pedals. Other than locking it out every time I climb is there any other way to mitigate this?

    Third, when I lift the front wheel off the ground (say, carrying the bike upstairs) the fork clunks slightly, like the lower forks have a little play in them and are dropping a quarter inch. No big deal, just wondering if that's normal or can be adjusted.

    Thanks for your patience and happy to be on the forum!

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    Trek hardtail questions

    1) You could cut the ends but 660mm bars are actually on the narrow end for mountain biking. I'd stick with them for awhile and try to grow into them a bit.

    2) Maybe your running too low pressure in your fork. Consult the manual for the proper air settings. If there's a coil as well, consult your lbs about the proper coil for your weight.

    3) Ask your lbs about the klunk.
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    660 is too wide? The trend is going the other way towards 800. It's a XC bike so you don't need to go wider but I'd ride them for a couple of months before cutting them down.
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    I have the tekon silvers as well and i use the lock out for climbing.You stand and put pressure the forks will work if not locked out.You can play with air pressure i like 120 for me and im 165 pounds.

    As for bar width i like wider too.

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    Thanks to all. I will hold off on hacksawing till I ride with these bars more. I have a shock pump on order and will check the fork's air pressure

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