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intergrated bar - stem, which one should I get?

Old 11-30-05, 01:20 AM
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I need opinions on these following:

1. Deda Alanera


2. Cinelli Ram


3. FSA Plasma


Thanks

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Old 11-30-05, 01:47 AM
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I have always been curious about this type of bar. Is there a reason that manufacturers do this? Does it create a stronger/lighter/stiffer/blinger setup?

I think they all look very cool. Based upon looks alone, I would say to go for the cinelli.
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Old 11-30-05, 01:56 AM
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I say go for the FSA Plasma , the pic doesn't do it justice. I saw one at the LBS today and it looks GREAT!. The Cinelli Ram is nice too but the clearcoat would wear off. I don't know about the Deda.
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Old 11-30-05, 02:46 PM
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the only thing i dont like about them is you cant adjust the angle of the dangle.
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I have the Deda Alanera but if I had it to do over again, I'd get this one for $225.

and it can be found here:

https://www.chucksbikes.com/store/indexbr042.htm

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Old 11-30-05, 04:18 PM
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I've got a Cinelli Ram, and I really like it. However, like Rad, if I were to do it again I'd get a non badged one for a lot less than what I paid.
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Old 11-30-05, 04:21 PM
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My bike shop mechanic has the Deda Alanera. I can't really justify upwards of $500 for a bar/stem combo. But that one from chuck's bikes is a nice price. You also lose adjustability when you go with a combo and usually they weigh more.
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Old 11-30-05, 04:26 PM
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These are all made in Taiwan, avoid the names to save $.
the Deda is really Token:




I dunno if I want my bars to have a butt crack.
 
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More opinions please

I am also interested in integrated bar and stem, and would appreciate more opinions.


There is also the K-Sword:

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I would also like to know why one would want this setup...
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For looks the Cinelli.
But where's the advantage in this? You've now married two relatively inexspensive and adjustable parts into one fixed and expensive bit.
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Old 04-26-06, 09:09 PM
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Esthetics

But where's the advantage in this?

Uh, like you've already answered your own question.

For looks....

The handlebar and stem on a bike is similar to a dashboard and steering wheel on a car. You will be looking at it and touching it for hundreds of hours. The esthetics of the integrated pieces are superior. If you can make what you are looking at more streamlined, organic, curvaceous, and integrated why not?

I am interested in the K-Sword because it has most of the integrated esthetics, while losing nothing in adjustability. It is used by some racing pros, so it must not be too big a disadvantage.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20...ilier/IMG_0377
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personally i think the fsa k-force carbon stem with the k wing looks much sexier.
Imagine if you decided your stem was 1cm too long.
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If you can make what you are looking at more streamlined, organic, curvaceous, and integrated why not?
I dont know, because it isnt a fashion show?

I wouldnt put a seat in my car if i couldnt adjust it even if it did look better.
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Old 04-27-06, 01:08 AM
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Those no name bars are made by Trigon in Taiwan. They also make some high quality cf frames, and other various componentry.

I have those bars, and they are incredibly nice and comfy. The really do reduce alot of road vibration, and provide plenty of stiffness for climbing and sprinting.
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At a bike show a year ago a guy at a booth showing these off said that carbon bars tend to snap where they are clamped into the stem. Integrated stem and bars allows the stress to be better spread out thereby reducing the chance of bar failure.
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