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    C/F Bars...are the worth it

    What I meant to say was "are THEY worth it"...(where is the post title checker when I need it). I have a Felt F70, with alum bars and stem. I am wondering if a C/F set up will dramatically reduce road vibration transfer and improve the ride? Thoughts?

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    This gets discussed all the time. I doubt you could tell a difference. You might think there is a difference but chances are that all that will be in your head. Most experienced riders will tell you that it doesn't make a big difference and all you get is the bling factor. I would spend my money on something else that will make a bigger difference like maybe better gloves and shorts. Maybe spring for clipless pedals and shoes if you don't already have them.

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    The replacement cost is ridiculous. That alone makes them not viable for me. If my bike takes a tumble, I don't want the choice of shelling out the $ for new ones or risking catastrophic failure.

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    Thanks Ray

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    I put a C/F set up on my bike last last year. There are some rides in our area where the road vibration is pretty bad. I felt it was noticably better with the C/F bars on the bike.

    If it was just in my head, well that's fine.. in my head, on my hands... either way, I'm still happy with the change.

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    C/F bars offer two general advantages: Odd, more ergonomic shapes and, vibration damping as a product of their flex.

    I've got some nice hydroformed Al bars and gel under the tape. More durable, 1/3 the cost, no worries.

    If all you want is bling, that's another story. Pretty much the same with stems and posts as well: more form than function. Not appreciably lighter.
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    And remember that it's easier to damage carbon bars installing them or if you crash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophidian
    And remember that it's easier to damage carbon bars installing them or if you crash
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    had a cf low riser on my last two bikes (one died preemee), and judging from the replies here, my experience was unique.

    it DID make the front end feel noticeably lighter, both in steering and lifting the front end; but the vibration damping i was expecting just wasn't there...in fact, it was worse!! no flex at all -- oh, and the "old" raceface SYStem wouldn't hold the sucker! CRREEEEAAAAKKKK!!!!!

    i'm sticking w/ aluminum bars for the duration, thanks. (btw, the brand of bar was profile)

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