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Bars, post, stem-carbon or alu?

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Old 03-09-07, 08:54 PM
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Bars, post, stem-carbon or alu?

Any justification for spending the extra dough? Doesn't seem to be a huge difference in weight for the carbon version of these items, but I'm wondering if there might be a comfort factor, esp for road racing. I'd pony up the extra for carbon if there's a convincing argument that it'd be worth it for these components. Otherwise, I'd rather save the money on aluminum and spend it elsewhere on the bike.
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Originally Posted by Max Viotu
Otherwise, I'd rather save the money on aluminum and spend it elsewhere on the bike.
^That is exactly what you should do.

edit: I have Zipp CF handlebars and they're pretty good at absorbing road shock but probably not worth the extra $ unless you have cash burning a hole in your pocket. I also have a CF seatpost on my TT bike - absolutely no difference from an aluminum seatpost except it's much sexier.

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Originally Posted by Max Viotu
Any justification for spending the extra dough? Doesn't seem to be a huge difference in weight for the carbon version of these items, but I'm wondering if there might be a comfort factor, esp for road racing. I'd pony up the extra for carbon if there's a convincing argument that it'd be worth it for these components. Otherwise, I'd rather save the money on aluminum and spend it elsewhere on the bike.
Seatpost- absolutely worth the dough. Definitely changes the ride of most bikes for the better
Bars- Worth it if your bike is already pretty much where you want it. A nice upgrade for the weight and slight comfort and anti-numbing properties.
Stem- Never worth it. Carbon is heavier than alloy in this application, less stiff... pretty much pointless.
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Aluminum bars with Fizik bar gel unless youre an extreme weight weenie.

Seatpost, I have no preference.. I have an aluminum on one bike and a carbon on the other. Same goes for stems.
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i have both alu and carbon bars, stem, seatpost on my bikes and cant tell a difference!

for sure alu stem tho
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I just built a new bike with a Ritchey carbon streem bar and love it. The only thing on my frame besides some of the components that are not carbon is the stem, a Ricthey wcs axis, its super light and stiff, I wanted the carbon version but its a bit heavier but sure wood look nice attached to my bar.
I think most compettion riders that might use a carbon bar are using alloy stems, not carbon.
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Top of the line carbon stuff can weigh less. Moderately priced stuff is not worthwhile except for OCP points.
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Cost justified? no
bling justified? yes, if you find deals.

I got a pair of $185 bars for $100 and a $200 stem for $90. I would never have paid retail for either one.
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