Q: So I’m looking to try to cut my bars because they hit my knees alot when I do X-ups & barspins. I don’t know how much to cut off or if it would be better to just buy new bars.
Here is a quick way to find out if the problem is your form or your bars. Turn your bars to your seat, if they clear the nose without passing over or under it, then the problem is probably you. When you do tricks like barspins and X-ups the key is to push the bike out and tuck your knees back. If you are having a hard time doing this, then you may also be falling victim to the gigantic bar syndrome sweeping the sport, which could be limiting your ability to manipulate the bike in the air. And don’t try and give us that “no, big bars mean more control” speech you dug up online (not you Dalton, we are speaking to the masses here), if that were the case, people would be doing footjam whips on sub rails with beach cruiser bars on their bikes and Ryan Nyquist would be rocking uncut Odyssey Lumberjack bars. Shoulder width or slightly wider seems to be the best place for all around riding, so if you are looking for a reasonable width to balance both control and knee clearance, that is a good width to aim for.