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Feb. 17, 2015, 9:05 a.m. -  DrewM

#!markdown Personal preference is personal preference for sure. I'm 5'9″ with the ape index of Tyrannosaurus Rex and I'm useless at mountain bikes with less than a ~780mm bar. I will say, from a spec perspective, that the "spec 800mm bars and cut them down if you want narrower" crowd are obviously people who do not generally cut down their bars. Most bars are engineered to be ~ a certain length and they are significantly reinforced (stiffer) in the clamp/bend area if they are designed to be 800mm vs. 750mm vs. 730mm. It is the extreme example (re. the high level of engineering that goes into their bars) and a VERY expensive test (so you'll probably want to take my word for it) but if you cut down an Easton Havoc 35mm 800mm bar even 20mm on each side it goes from being the most comfortable "super wide" bar on the market to an incredibly harsh ride.

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