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Good Carbon handlebar for 26.0 stem?

Old 08-01-06, 11:45 AM
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Good Carbon handlebar for 26.0 stem?

I have a Deda 215 anatomical AL bar (26.0 clamp) on my bike which I like but it is a 42cm wide and I really need a 46.

I have been eyeing up all the monococque Carbon bars and bar/stem but not sure I want to spend over $300 for a new bar.

I was hoping the carbon would help dampen road buzz and lessen sore hands after long rides. I also am concerened because I torque a fair amount at 200+ pounds. Would the 31.8 upgrade (I'd need a new stem as well in that case) be the safest way to go? I don't race at present, just want more comfort on long rides.

I have a nice Control Tech inexpensive AL 46 wide bar on my old steel Trek with Bontrager buzzkill inserts and am pretty comfortable with that set up. Dunno if the bling of the ergo flat top carbon bars is worth it - any thoughts?

Also - is a 25.8 clamp carbon bar really safe with a 26.0 (ITM Millennium, open face) AL Stem? I was told here by many not to use a 26.4 AL bar in the same stem a year ago.
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Old 08-01-06, 12:05 PM
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best 26 bar
https://www.schmolke-carbon-titan.de/...k/race_bar.htm

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I have heard good things about the Kestrel EMS SL and EMS Pro SL. They are pretty cheap on ebay (new for 120 for the EMS Pro and like 180 for the SL). The pro is heavier and can be used with clip on bars, while the SL is lighter. I use aluminum though, so no first hand experience. Are you looking for an ergo bar or round? What do you want out of carbon bars: flat shape possibilities, light weight, internal cable routing, other? That pretty well dictates what kind of bars to shop for.
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Easton EC90 all the way. Had others and this is the way to go.
Competitive cyclist has them on clearance as well.... 139.00
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Thanks guys.

I am looking mostly to replace my bars with a 46cm wide. (my wife just remeasured my shoulder width and I am a 45mm). My Dedas are nice otherwise. 142mm drop and 86mm reach with ergo flat section behind the brakes; the bar is all round tubing which I am okay with, though I'd interested to try a modern bar like the KSword (it's a 2002 bike). I just thought I'd rather save $500+ towards a new bike (I am eyeing a Cervelo soloist) than splurge on an uber bar for the old gal.....

I had figured as long as I was getting new bars I'd get carbon for the road dampening effect. I'm 42 now and I've had some RSI numbness issues with my hands (typing at work, musician, etc) so any help on the bike is nice. I just was hoping carbon could be had for $100ish. I see the eastons on sale for $150ish which isn't bad, but I also am having trouble finding a 46 these days.

To confuse matters a bit more, I checked ITM's and Deda's site. It turns out the ITM Millennium Stem is a 25.8 clamp - but my Deda 215 bar is a 26.0 bulge! So much for a perfect match.....

I did find the ITM ALU Carbon bar (in 46 wide, 25.8, so it's exactly the size I need) on sale at Nashbar (price is certainly right at $35!!). But it seems a bit cheesy - Aluminum with carbon fiber wrapped near the stem for bling appeal peeking out of the tape? It also weighs 315 grms, about 100gms more than my Deda AL bar and 125-135gms more than most carbon bars I am seeing.....
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