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My hands dont fit on the grips properly, advice needed.

ollie35ollie35 Posts: 14
edited July 2008 in MTB general
I recently bought a trek mountain bike that cost £900 and just been out on my first ride and the gears get in the way of me putting my hands around the grips, no problem move my hands up and then they hang over the edge and riding was very uncomfortable. I was out with friends and tried their bikes without problem. I really need to sort this out, what can be done. I was going to try and move the gears and brakes down the handle bars but it is very hard to put the brakes on, can I get extensions, I can't see getting longer grips helping as there is no handle bar for them to grip to. Any advice at all would be welocme, even if it means taking it into a bike shop as I can't ride it again the way it is set up.

Thanks Paul


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    so what is the bike? what is the set up?

    But again, New bike not set up correctly, take it back to the shop for correctly setting up.
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  • xtreemxtreem Posts: 2,965
    Bike Trek Fuel EX 5.5? Handlebar: Bontrager Select, 25mm rise, 31.8mm? Correct?
    Why don't you put some wider handlebars, if they are too short.
    If those are your handlebar, Bontrager Select, then they are 600mm wide.
    I had that size before but now have 700mm wide handlebar, wich are more comfortable.
  • ollie35ollie35 Posts: 14
    The bike was brand new but bought from ebay so I can't take it back to the shop, model is a TREK 6700.

    So my only option is longer handle bars, which with the spec of the bike means quite a bit of money, just seems very odd the bike is set up like this, I don't have big hands and it would be uncomfortable for anyone to use, if bigger handle bars is my only choice then I will have to pay out more by the look of it.

    Thanks for the replys.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    so LX shifters and Avid Juicy 5 brakes?
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  • BikerbaboonBikerbaboon Posts: 1,017
    have you tryed to move the shifters along the handlebars towards the stem by about 1 inch sould clear them from your hands untill you need them. it will also shift the breaks for better 2 finger use...... but this may all be wrong

    can you take a quick pic and post it so we can see them ? with and with out hads would be good.
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  • xtreemxtreem Posts: 2,965
    If you have 6700 then your handlebar is Bontrager Select, 0mm rise, 31.8mm, 600 or 620mm wide.
    So, my advice, buy new, riser bar not flat, with at least 650mm wide. 680 would be fine. :D
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