Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by chelboed
That's a nice bar. The oversize clamp area (31.8mm) will add strength as well. Make sure you have an oversize stem to match it or it will not fit.
Strength...unless you're dropping off huge ledges, carbon should be fine. If you're doing huge hucks then a strong Aluminum bar will be plenty strong enough.
If you go with Easton Carbon CNT bars, check this out: "Nanotubes have a strength-to-weight ratio orders of magnitude greater than steel"
That's from their website, of course. Their new carbon is supposed to have more impact strength than the aluminum. Either way, I won't break a carbon or aluminum bar.
Bar ends...I hate 'em, I won't use 'em. I used to have 'em, but I love risers. I feel constricted with the bar ends keeping my hands in, or something. I get plenty of leverage with a nice riser.
On bar ends- A few years ago you had to have them on the bike- Then risers came in and You don't use bar ends with risers. Then you get the diehards that have changed to risers and I find them more comfortable than Flat bars- but I still use bar ends. Admittedly only short stubby ones but on long rides they do offer a different hand position and out of the saddle riding they give me a better hold on the bars. Hate to say it but having had a Carbon bar fold on me 2 weeks after probably damaging them in a fall- I would prefer to use Alloy bars. Problem with carbon is that they can get damaged internally after knocks and you cannot see the damage.
Every one has their own opinions on carbon- Alloy bars and bar ends, so you will be confused by the answers you get. Only thing I would not recommend is Bar ends on Carbon bars- unless the Bars have strenghtening inserts at the end of the bars to stop them being crushed when tightening the bars ends
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