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Old 04-03-07, 03:44 PM   #1
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Are carbon handlebars worth the cost?

How much shock will they absorb? I mean will I feel an obvious difference from aluminum? I already have a carbon fork so maybe it's not worth it. Talk me out of spending my hard earned money--please!
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Choose a nice pair of Deda, Zipp, Oval Concepts, or Cinelli carbon bars. They'll be absolutely SWEET on your bike! Go for it.
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Replaced the flat alloy bars on my Novara Big Buzz with generic (performance?) CF bars and was impressed with the reduction in vibration. But, once I forgot how it used to be, it seemed again like a rough ride, thanks to the heavy duty alloy frame and fork. Not as rough as it used to be, but still not a Comfort Bike. Thank goodness.
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Thanks for the info.
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I won't use them. I doubt you will gain any weight advantage and the cost is prohibitive. They do look cool though.
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Bzzkill bar plugs FTW
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I won't use them. I doubt you will gain any weight advantage and the cost is prohibitive. They do look cool though.

Weight is not the decisive issue - vibration damping is.

Do the Bontrager Buzzkills work ok?
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Not worth it.
Get wider tires.
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I have Performance CF bars on one bike, and FSA Wing Pros (Al) on another, and honestly, being a clyde, the additional flex of the CF bars take a little getting used to. Your choice of tires, wheels, and fork all conribute to the amount of buzz you'll feel at the handlebar. On a price/gram scale, Al wins hands down. Something like a Deda 215 bar would be a worthy upgrade. Or you could do what Treespeed says and get wider tires. Cheaper option, would make a noticeable difference.
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