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    Rubber side down Clipped_in's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    Warning: Heresy Content.

    I went the other direction and replaced the alloy bars with vintage chromed steel drops. Crazy smooth.
    Warning: Additional Heresy Content.

    I replaced Kestrel EMS Pro carbon bars with Zipp Service Course SL aluminum bars. Love the Zipps! I really prefer the stiff/solid feel of the aluminum bars. Oh, and yeah, I do really like the Short & Shallow compact design as well.
    ...Just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    because aluminum never breaks, or corrodes.

    Scary. I sweat like a pig. Maybe I should unwrap and have a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makel View Post
    They just cost more to replace when you wreck and break them.
    You must crash a lot. This is a non-issue for people who can control their bike.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I have the same handlebars on both of my bikes, in carbon on the fun ride and aluminum on the commuter. The alu bars rattle a little more. It isn't major, but I notice it on crappy pavement.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
    Scary. I sweat like a pig. Maybe I should unwrap and have a look.
    if you sweat a lot, ride in a high humdity environment, and/or use the bike on a trainer, you should check your aluminum bars for corrossion periodically.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    if you sweat a lot, ride in a high humdity environment, and/or use the bike on a trainer, you should check your aluminum bars for corrossion periodically.

    and preemptively replace. had a teammate in a race wind up with only half a bar attached to the stem, and the other half in his right hand. zero fun for him. if you have only one bike, perhaps 3-5 years would be a reasonable service life?
    By the time you're experienced enough to get something germane out of a test ride, you won't need a test ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltooslow View Post
    And if so, what are your favorite bang for the buck choices?

    Thanks!
    Used a carbon for a few years, then switched back to aluminum. Zipp makes a beautiful aluminum bar in their "Service Course" series. I noticed no real difference, of course my entire bike is carbon. (Look 585). On a super rigid aluminum or steel bike, carbon bars might make more of a difference.

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    I switched to a carbon seat post, handlebars and went to 25s (at 100 PSI). I feel like I am riding a new bike. The comfort level on my bike went way up. I noticed an improvement with each change. Going from 23s at 120PSI to 25s at 100PSI was a bigger ride improvement than the carbon bars. Since all three additions were purchase on sale/clearance and cost less than $200, I consider it money well spent.

    I would not have liked them in my younger, more aggressive riding days. You can feel the flex while in the drops while riding and especially sprinting. Now I am more of an endurance type of rider, comfort is king. The improvements that I noticed, now have me thinking about getting carbon bike.

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    These are comfortable, because of the nice flat surface for your hands.

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    As long as you don't ride them in the sun or rain, carbon is fine. In my dreams, it is always shady and 20 degrees c and I keep lapping a midget on a horse.

    I have 2 sets of Easton EC90. Dropped them crashed one set and they are fine. They do dampen some vibration but they don't smooth out cobblestone if that is what you are expecting.

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