I was involved in a front collision with another bike a few days ago and brought the bike to my LBS for a crash assessment.
As expected, the fork and front brake caliper are to be replaced as they have taken most of the impact and were a bit twisted but they have also advised me to replace the handlebar and stem just to be on the safe side.
Is this really necessary? I can't really see any deformation on the handlebar and the stem is still looking rock solid. But, obviously, I don't want any of these things to fail while going downhill at high speed!
I'd quite happily replace the handlebar since I'm not particularly satisfied with the shape and comfort (FSA Energy New Ergo) but I'd be quite pissed off to have to replace the stem as I invested quite a lot of money in it (Thomson Elite X2).
I know that ultimately the decision comes down to whether or not I trust the components to keep using them but I was wondering if anyone had a similar experience and/or recommendations?