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Old 07-26-08, 08:41 AM
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DOH! When aluminum goes bad....

Typical day, got on bike, left for work, about a mile from home. I pulled away from a stop sign and..... no warning, no sound, and whoa! My left hand just sunk. WTF ! (see attached)

These bars have about 2 years and 6000 miles on them. ITM Light Luxe Wing 46cm. I'm big and ride single speed so I probably torque them pretty hard every day. But apparently they had had enough, and just gave up. Luckily I was going slowly and did not crash. The right side stayed clamped in so I was able to ride back home with one hand.

I guess I need new bars. I really LOVED the shape of these. The flat tops and the drops and reach and the width were perfect. I think I might buy a better set of ITM's with the same shape. The Millenium Wing or the Wing Shape Carbon wrapped. Both use the better 7075 alloy.

I finally had something unusual happen and I just wanted to share.
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That just is not right. I would contact the manufacture. Probably get a set of replacements at no charge.

I would be curious to know if you are the only one to have this happen or if this is a trend that needs to be followed up on. Thats a MAJOR safety issue if other are seeing the same thing.
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
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I'll stick with cheap and strong. Deda big piega or similar. Nothing too flashy but they don't even seem to flex under my 100kg bulk.

Glad you're ok though and, other than a broken handlebar, the bike's ok.
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Old 07-26-08, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Grim View Post
That just is not right. I would contact the manufacture. Probably get a set of replacements at no charge.

I would be curious to know if you are the only one to have this happen or if this is a trend that needs to be followed up on. Thats a MAJOR safety issue if other are seeing the same thing.
Yeah, that's a good theory. ITM is an italian company that it has little to no actual presence in the states or on the web. My best bet would be to go to Italy and confront them in person but only after many long rides through mountain passes that lead to picturesque villages along the coast.....but I digress.

They are however distributed by QBP. Which happens to be in my home town, and I have buddy who is a brand manager there. I'm sending the evidence to them. At this point my expectations are none.
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FSA Wing Pro Alloy. Can't go wrong.

By the way, 7xxx alloy isn't necessarily better. In fact, Cannondale and Cervelo both swear by 6061, which requires much greater skill to work with.
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Ack. I have those exact same bars.
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