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Old 06-14-02, 02:45 AM
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Carbon vs Ti handlebars

Hi Guys,

I've recently switched from Ti handle bars to carbon (mainly because I was interested in the material) but I found yesterday that my wrists were aching after the ride.

Now, I'm not so sure if it's the material, as I figured that Carbon has good shock absorbing properties, but there is a 3 degree bend in the carbon bars, and my Ti ones were zero degree bend.

Could this be the cause of my achey wrists?

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After watching a fastidious LBS owner friend of mine snap a carbon bar on a decent (ugly ) I've been leery of them. Sorry, just a heads up.
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Cheers Jeff,

I'll keep an eye on it...was your friend ok?

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He was fine, bruised his ego though.
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I read an article a couple years ago about the impact testing and drop testing that Easton performs on their products. Their Carbon Fiber bars outperformed most aluminum products. I can't remember the month or magazine, but I think it was MBA.

I think it's a matter of buying a quality product and not abusing it.

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Do these ultra-light bars come with external shims. You can drop test a bar all you like under lab conditions, but if you score it near the centre at the stem fitting, it will snap pretty soon.
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The bars my friend stocked in his shop are (were?) made by Klein. I love the look and weight of carbon, however, there are so many other things to worry about while mountain biking who wants to mess with it? Road is a different matter, though what happens after a hard crash? Do you have to replace your forks if they are scratched? Now I'm curious roadies.
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To answer your question regarding the pain...I would definately say it's the change in bend angle. I had some profile carbon bars for awhile and they did flex a bit...So shock absorption really shouldn't be an issue.
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Cheers for the advice guys

I guess I'll have to get used to the bend in the bars....I'll suffer it

To answer your question Michael, the bars do come with shims, but I don't think I'd ever chance barends on them.

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