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Old 02-21-06, 09:14 PM   #1
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is there any advantage on 31.8 handle bar ?
Any comments pros/cons with it?

I weight 140lbs 5'7", ride all mountain trials.
using EA70 + thompson at the moment.

would there any difference(stiffness) if i change to 31.8?
target: 06' EC70 XC+thompson(31.8)

any comments are welcomed.

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Old 02-21-06, 09:18 PM   #2
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I don't think you'd notice a difference. But maybe, it'd be slight, unless your a pretty serious racer.
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Old 02-21-06, 09:35 PM   #3
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but they look pretty phat!!
i have one and just like the security look of it. its just on my XC bike so i know it wasn't necessary
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I switched from a 25.4 to a 31.8 a little while ago, just because I wanted a shorter stem and my friend offered me one+handlebar for cheap I don't think there is a difference (like mx said) except it looks beefier, and you have just that much more security.
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bigger is better I hear
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so 31.8 is kind of marketing gimmick? really no advantage over 25.4?
the reason is i need to replace with a slightly longer stem...
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If you are hucking huge or racings and are a big guy, I don't see the point. I ride a standard bar and have never had issues.

At your size, unless you buy it for looks, you will see no difference in performance, longevity or breaking point at all.
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If you are hucking huge or racings and are a big guy, I don't see the point. I ride a standard bar and have never had issues.

At your size, unless you buy it for looks, you will see no difference in performance, longevity or breaking point at all.
I agree. I have both sizes, and don't notice any appreciable difference.
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Old 02-22-06, 11:22 AM   #9
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I find they limit the adjustment of your shifters for comfort. I have LX dual control levers and I cant have them tilted as forward as I would like and I cant move them towards the centre of the bar either. They might work better with another tyoe of brake/shifter combo.
Apart from that they are ok.
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so 31.8 is kind of marketing gimmick? really no advantage over 25.4?
the reason is i need to replace with a slightly longer stem...
no no. its not a gimmick. its just that a lot of us have them even though we don't technically NEED them. but i won't give mine up!!!
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I prefer the oversized ones after bending the regular ones a few times
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so... will 31.8 handle bar have a better chance to survive under the same impact force(when crashing)then 25.4?

actually my old 2002 EA70 where slightly bend backward(probably 1-2degree)... and i am thinking to replace the new 31.8 CNT monkeylite XC while i can replace a longer stem at the same time.
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yeah they are stronger

i like truvativ's bars... a lot
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