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View Poll Results: What is the maximum you would ever pay for handlebars (in USD)?
$50 or less
12
14.29%
$50 - $100
28
33.33%
$100 - $200
18
21.43%
$200 - $300
13
15.48%
$300 +
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15.48%
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How much would you pay for road Handlebars?

Old 02-06-18, 09:37 AM
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How much would you pay for road Handlebars?

Hi everyone,

Shopping around for carbon road handlebars, I am amazed at some of the prices of these handlebars go for. I have my eye on some Deda Superleggera handlebars that are sold for around $180, which is the absolute maximum I would consider paying for handlebars.

However, I routinely see some handlebars listed for over $300, which made me wonder... how many people are actually willing to pay that much for "just" some handlebars?

Hence the poll!

Note: This would be for JUST handlebars, not an integrated Handlebar / stem combo! Not necessarily carbon, just ANY handlebars.

Thanks and happy voting!

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Old 02-06-18, 09:47 AM
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I'd buy them used, and less than $50.
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Old 02-06-18, 09:48 AM
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I wouldn't buy carbon handlebars, there are better places to save weight or gain additional compliance.
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Old 02-06-18, 09:53 AM
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$20-$50, maybe a little more if I were deliberately trying to build a light bike. I don't see the point of expensive handlebars.
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Old 02-06-18, 09:59 AM
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As much as the people selling the ones you want are charging.
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Old 02-06-18, 10:05 AM
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I use these



MSRP is $327 240g
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Old 02-06-18, 10:07 AM
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Looking at my purchase history, it looks like $70 is about the average, though my most recent buy was barely $40. I would set my personal "do not exceed" mark for bars around $140.
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Old 02-06-18, 10:43 AM
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I choose handlebars based on shape and size and I pay as little as I can get away with, but I am relatively picky about those so sometimes I have to pay more to get what I want. The most I've had to pay so far is around 70 euros if I remember correctly, and I could see myself stretching that to around 100 if there is really nothing else that fits at a lower price.
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Old 02-06-18, 11:12 AM
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My last purchase was a Deda carbon bar for about $180 IIRC, and yeah, that's really about the max I'd pay, too (for new; I'd not buy carbon used).

FSA used to have a good value alu bar called Wing Pro, and I had it on a couple of bikes. When those were disco'd-- the bars, not the bikes!-- I used an Ibis Road Bar on the next bike, which I like a lot and which is very similar to Wing Pro by weight and shape, and even costs a bit less.

Ibis Road Bar ? Ibis Cycles Online Store
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Old 02-06-18, 11:13 AM
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I have Enve bars on my bike. They were free, but I bought a wheelset.
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Old 02-06-18, 11:19 AM
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I put Ritchey WCS bars on both my bikes. Bars are one area I personally see no no reason to pay a premium for.
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Old 02-06-18, 11:54 AM
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$80 would be the max.


I dont think Ive spent over $50 yet though.
I go for fit/shape 1st.

And with something like a Zipp Course 80 SL weighing 250g in aluminum for under $80, I just dont need to spend more to get less.
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Old 02-06-18, 11:57 AM
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80 for the carbon Eastons at Nashbar. That's the max for me.
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Old 02-06-18, 12:10 PM
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I'm pretty happy with my Richey comp logic curve bars that came with my bike, though I recently took a tip from a BikeFitAdvisor YouTube video and added a couple layers of bar tape on the side of the bars facing the saddle, and wrapping around the bend bit...so the bars have a nice comfort now on the tops and curves, and also look like expensive carbon aero bars now. 😊
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A $30 Timex tells time as accurately as a Rolex. And nobody buys a Rolex to simply tell time. Likewise with handlebars.
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Some people like to have nice things. Nothing wrong with that.
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Old 02-06-18, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Some people like to have nice things. Nothing wrong with that.
and those Zipp bars are definitely nice.

I'm currently looking for new bars for my cross/gravel bike and I wont be spending much more than maybe $80 tops because I don't see the point of putting super light bars on a steel framed bike that weighs 22# with 40C tires. However, if I replace the bars on my light road bike, then I wouldn't mind spending a couple hundred bucks or more.
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Old 02-06-18, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Some people like to have nice things. Nothing wrong with that.
Of course there's something wrong with that. You people should have the same value system as mine, which has been shaped by decades of my limited hands-on experience and tempered by my personal finances. If you spend more money on something than I would, you're obviously dumb.
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Old 02-06-18, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
I wouldn't buy carbon handlebars, there are better places to save weight or gain additional compliance.
^^^^This!

With that, Zipp aluminum bars are great and can ususally be found online for around $80.

The OP asked for my opinion about how I approach pricing/buying handlebars. There you have it!

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Old 02-06-18, 01:46 PM
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The ones that came with my bike seem fine. So I guess, $0, unless they break?
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At the rate my sweat was eating through aluminium bars (three sets in five years) I figured it would be cheaper in the long run to get some $200 carbon bars.
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If you spend more money on something than I would, you're obviously dumb.
Anyone spending more than $100 on a Walmart bike would be dumb by most people's standards. This forum is full of ******** MF'ers I guess.
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This forum is full of ******** MF'ers I guess.
You're just trying to get in to someone's sig line, aren't you?
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Old 02-06-18, 03:04 PM
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You're just trying to get in to someone's sig line, aren't you?
Funny how the forum didn't sensor MF but instead censored the mentally defective synonym adjective before it.
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I would pay a million dollars for handlebars. Why not? Life is too short to ride on perfectly adequate equipment.
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