Ask MBAction: Handlebar Trimming

HANDLEBAR TRIMMING

Question:

I see that my handlebars have measurements on them, which leads me to believe that my handlebars can be cut down. Can you teach me how I can do that?

Chris Stevenson
East Burke, Vermont

Answer:

You are correct. Those marks are put in place to make sure you get your handlebars cut evenly. Since handlebars can only be trimmed down, companies often offer a wider-than-necessary bar so riders can trim them to their desired width after purchase. Aluminum bars are quite easy to cut with either a bench-mounted vise and a saw or a pipe cutter. Carbon handlebars require a more careful cut.

This is a Park Tool SGI-7 jig that is used to cut angles if needed or a guaranteed straight cut.

If you plan to use a saw and a bench-mounted vise, you will find it easier to remove the handlebars from the bike. Using a pipe cutter, you can make your cuts with the bars attached, but make sure your bike is secure. Check twice before you cut and, if needed, use a file (on aluminum bars) to smooth out the bar ends. Install your grips and go hit the trails.

Bonus Tip: Check Out MBA’s Guide To Choosing The Right Handlebar Width Here


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