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    Carbon bar width

    I recently purchased a SC Blur. It has an Easton MonkeyLite riser bar on it. The bar is 26.5" wide. My previous bike had a bar width of 25". The new bar seems a little wide. I ride cross country, pretty tight single track, not much for downhill or big jumps ( too old ). The guys at the LBS said you can take up to 1" off each side of these bars, requires a special hacksaw which they have. I realize I'll probably lose the warranty if I do this. Any thoughts on bar width or cutting down carbon bars before I proceed?

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    It does not require a "special hacksaw," this is a common scare tactic used by some LBS.

    The hacksaw blade must be a 32tpi (tooth per inch).

    Since your bars are 26.5" wide, you can safely take them down to 24" with no problem. As a matter of fact, the MonkeyLite "SL" version is 24" right out of the box.

    I suggest you download the "how to cut carbon bars" instructions below:
    http://www.eastonbike.com/downloadab...-05-Carbon.pdf

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    Ditto.

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    I used a fine diamond disk on a Dremel-type tool. Cut very cleanly, but wear a mask and glasses.

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    Wait a month till you cut it down. Many people now like wider bars with a slightly shorter stem.

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    What Rave on said...!
    But before cutting, just slide your shifters/brake levers and grips in a tad and ride... keep shifting them in and out till you get a comfortable position for you. then just run a pencil or marker around the outer edge of your grips. and cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogii View Post
    Wait a month till you cut it down. Many people now like wider bars with a slightly shorter stem.
    yes. you will like wider bars, it's in your destiny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaveOn View Post
    It does not require a "special hacksaw," this is a common scare tactic used by some LBS.

    The hacksaw blade must be a 32tpi (tooth per inch).

    Since your bars are 26.5" wide, you can safely take them down to 24" with no problem. As a matter of fact, the MonkeyLite "SL" version is 24" right out of the box.

    I suggest you download the "how to cut carbon bars" instructions below:
    http://www.eastonbike.com/downloadab...-05-Carbon.pdf
    I'd be interested in checking that link out but.......Liinky don't worky. Please re-post!
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    A post from 2004, so that's probably why the link doesn't work. What's with the grave dig?

    dirtjunkie, http://www.eastoncycling.com/bike/wp...-05-Carbon.pdf

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