Lol I did the same on my 29er. The wide handle bar thing is strange. The shop kid at the bike shop looked at me like I was crazy when I told him to take an inch off both sides of the bars. I told him bombing down fire escapes requires narrower bars. He was possibly high or thought I was actually bombing down fire escapes. LolAfter decades with a 26 I recently made the move to a 29. Loved everything except the long handlebars. I cut an inch and a quarter off of each side and am very happy with the results.