How To Cut Handlebars Shorter On A Mountain Bike

How To Cut Handlebars Shorter On A Mountain Bike

I wanted some shorter length handlebars on my mountain bike for the XC type riding I do. So while I was at it, I decided to make a video of how to shorten handlebars. This is for ALUMINUM handlebars! Do not do this with CARBON FIBER handlebars! The pipe cutter cost Less than $4 at Harbor Freight. I demonstrate on one side. Just repeat the process on the other side.

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31 Comments

  1. green weed on January 25, 2023 at 3:40 am

    will this work on a 1 inch treaded steerer bicycle fork tube???

  2. Avery Walker on January 25, 2023 at 3:42 am

    this helped a lot thanks dude!

  3. ronnieboy0 on January 25, 2023 at 3:44 am

    Brilliant.Got to get one of those tools

  4. neuregel on January 25, 2023 at 3:49 am

    what do you use to cut carbon bars. Id like to shorten mine by about 1/4 on each side

  5. RJ The Bike Guy on January 25, 2023 at 3:49 am

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  6. Joseph on January 25, 2023 at 3:50 am

    Will the last part splinter my bars in any way

  7. sirpsychosexy on January 25, 2023 at 3:50 am

    wow i didnt even know that tool existed, nice

  8. Cory Smith on January 25, 2023 at 3:53 am

    is that a brass cutter tool?

  9. RJ The Bike Guy on January 25, 2023 at 3:54 am

    Great point!

  10. Formerly Knownas on January 25, 2023 at 3:54 am

    Ty… what size is that pipe cutter?

  11. canadiandude1974 on January 25, 2023 at 3:57 am

    Nice video, but just want to tell anyone who’s thinking of cutting their bars that to cut off such a big piece on the first go will make a HUGE difference in feel. That’s a lot to cut off the first time. I’d recommend cutting off a bit less and see how you like it.

  12. Scotts Fitness on January 25, 2023 at 4:03 am

    this worked great for me, also very satisfying

  13. Win Nguyen on January 25, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Any problem cutting the handlebars while they are still on the bike? Thanks RJ.

  14. Mr.ActionGal101 on January 25, 2023 at 4:07 am

    what happens if you skip the last part

  15. Lomax on January 25, 2023 at 4:08 am

    how long does it take to cut with that tool?

  16. RJ The Bike Guy on January 25, 2023 at 4:10 am

    They felt much better for me. I ride my road bikes more often than my mountain bike. And the really wide mountain bike bars just felt very awkward.

  17. MOoNTE on January 25, 2023 at 4:11 am

    Or use a hacksaw…if your handlebar wall is 5 mm thick,like mine is.

  18. Mark Anthony Sanchez on January 25, 2023 at 4:18 am

    what is that tool called!?

  19. RJ The Bike Guy on January 25, 2023 at 4:19 am

    Though I do love how my bars feel now! 🙂

  20. zackg on January 25, 2023 at 4:19 am

    will this work on chromoly?

  21. green weed on January 25, 2023 at 4:23 am

    thanks a lot, you are very helpfull!!!

  22. Thomas S on January 25, 2023 at 4:25 am

    pipe cutter makes cleaner cuts then a hacksaw.

  23. Sid Sloth on January 25, 2023 at 4:25 am

    Just done the same on my bars, cut them from 760mm to 725, This tool is a godsend

  24. RJ The Bike Guy on January 25, 2023 at 4:30 am

    I haven’t cut carbon fiber tubing before, but from what I have read, there are several options. First, you can cut it with a hack saw, though you will want to wrap spot you are cutting with masking tape to keep it from splintering. Second, you can cut it with a Dremel tool with a diamond coated blade. Third, you can cut it with a tile saw which has a diamond coated blade. You will probably want to wear mask to avoid breathing any of the dust. I recommend you search google for more info.

  25. michael bacon on January 25, 2023 at 4:30 am

    What is NOT mentioned here is how tough this is. I have been at mine for about an hour now, just finished the one side. Also, the pipe cutter was $10 and change at my local Orchard hardware store. Not less than $4 as mentioned. But still better than buying new bars, just be ready to use some elbow grease.

  26. RJ The Bike Guy on January 25, 2023 at 4:31 am

    No, you don’t need to paint them. Aluminum doesn’t rust really.

  27. Paul Helyer on January 25, 2023 at 4:33 am

     Go ahead

  28. Specialized 29er on January 25, 2023 at 4:33 am

    Sounds right, we run ours at 590mm.

  29. RJ The Bike Guy on January 25, 2023 at 4:35 am

    It’s a pipe cutter.

  30. IPTV MAN on January 25, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Go wash your feet u stinker

  31. Phil Woodford on January 25, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Thank you just what I was looking for straight to the point, thank you

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