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Old 06-12-19, 12:14 PM
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Cinelli Solida bar query

So I am building up a bike, have an XA stem (26.0), and got a decently regarded Cinelli Solida black bar for a ridiculously low price. Some questions...

1. Bar is 25.9, so it will likely need a shim. I can make one out of a can. Which is better, soup or Dr. Pepper...? Should I rough the surfaces with sand paper on both sides? Concerned since many on here consider it a death stem.

2. Bar is black. Would rather have showing parts silver. Is the finish anodization or a powder coat?

3. Better for de-anodization...
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Old 06-12-19, 05:47 PM
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A 0.1mm undersizing from the nominal clamp area diameter is normal for handlebars. If the bars were 26.0mm and the stem clamp was 26.0mm you'd have a hell of a time sliding the bar through. You wouldn't even be able to make a shim from a can - a can's wall thickness will be 0.1mm at the least, so then you are adding 0.2mm in thickness to your clamp diameter, which will make the bar 26.1mm, too large for the stem.

The various pictures on the internet I see of black Solida bars look painted, not anodized. You should post a picture for us to be sure.

I personally would just sell this one and get a silver handlebar instead of removing the finish from this one. Plus the ergo bend is ugly That's a personal opinion though.

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If the bar is painted/powdercoated the finish will come off readily with paint stripper. If anodized you probably don't want to remove it. Those are already extraordinarily light handlebars. A highly engineered product. The changes made to aluminum by strong lye solutions are small but real. Maybe not enough to make a difference but doesn't seem worth the chance.
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Originally Posted by 63rickert View Post
If the bar is painted/powdercoated the finish will come off readily with paint stripper. If anodized you probably don't want to remove it. Those are already extraordinarily light handlebars. A highly engineered product. The changes made to aluminum by strong lye solutions are small but real. Maybe not enough to make a difference but doesn't seem worth the chance.
Thanks guys. I already decided to leave it be and try it out. Still might need a bit of a shim however. Also have a Giro that is a 26.0 so might use that instead.
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