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Thomson Carbon Handlebar

Old 03-04-13, 08:07 PM
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Thomson Carbon Handlebar

Is anyone using these bars?
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I'm not using them but I have seen them on a bike at my LBS and they look very nice!
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I've had them on my bike for about 2 weeks, for a few rides. Size 44 weighs 187 grams on my scales. A nice piece of hardware. I'm liking them better than the Zipp SL Speed that I took off. The tops are very faintly ovalized,. There is no flare to the drops. Compact somewhat anatmic bend, but not too much so. They look like this before mounting:

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Pics? Flat top? hook shape?
Haven't seen Thomson carbon bars yet.
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https://bikethomson.com/handlebars/road-and-cyclocross/
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Old 03-05-13, 08:40 AM
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Here's how they look wrapped and mounted:

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I haven 't used the Thompson, but have experience with the Kestrel Pro SL at a similar weight. Actually they look very similar; I wonder if they are same with rebadging. Anyway, the Kestrel works fine for me on the second go round. I destroyed the first one by applying too much torque at the stem clamp. I used the stem maker's recommendation of 4Nm, and the bar just shattered. On my second try I stopped at 2Nm and had no problem. Still very tight. No issues with rotation or slippage. Like I said, I can't say the Thompson is the same, but at the same weight, you should just be careful. A shop wrench told me most recommended torques are way too high. We use a torque wrench thinking we are protecting the parts, but in many cases we are overdoing it with the recommended torque. I, for one, would actually use less torque in general if I weren't using the special wrench and trying to do the "right" thing.
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Jump bumping this to see if anyone else has them and what bars they replaced. I'm real close to puling the trigger to replace my 3T bars.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
I haven 't used the Thompson, but have experience with the Kestrel Pro SL at a similar weight. Actually they look very similar; I wonder if they are same with rebadging.
Nope.

Q – Are your bars made in Macon at your facility?
A – No, our carbon bars are the first product designed by us but manufactured in Taiwan.
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I destroyed the first one by applying too much torque at the stem clamp. I used the stem maker's recommendation of 4Nm, and the bar just shattered. On my second try I stopped at 2Nm and had no problem. Still very tight. No issues with rotation or slippage. Like I said, I can't say the Thompson is the same, but at the same weight, you should just be careful. A shop wrench told me most recommended torques are way too high. We use a torque wrench thinking we are protecting the parts, but in many cases we are overdoing it with the recommended torque. I, for one, would actually use less torque in general if I weren't using the special wrench and trying to do the "right" thing.
Most manufacturers have a recommended max torque, not a recommended torque. I think that it's a mistake to tighten by torque spec, anyway - make small, even adjustments to all fasteners until the bars (or seat post, or whatever) don't slip, regardless of what the torque wrench says. After getting a torque wrench, I discovered that all of my fasteners were "low."
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Originally Posted by tjk23 View Post
Jump bumping this to see if anyone else has them and what bars they replaced. I'm real close to puling the trigger to replace my 3T bars.
What 3T bars are you replacing, just out of curiosity?
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Here's an updated photo for a better perspective. I now have about 400-500 miles on my new Thomson road bars, in that time I have pulled as hard as I ever did on previous bars (back and forth on steep hills etc), and haven't noticed any deflection or anything to give me pause. They definitely feel more substantive than the bars I just took off (Zipp Contour SL which were a few grams heavier) but that's because there's more volume of bar in my hands, and not because they feel any "stiffer" in how I'd use that term. These are everyday bars, not that I'm a racer or anything like that. I go 185 pounds generally and they won't need any babying.

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I have 3T ergosums now. I have a Thomson seatpost and stem and since I was looking to go with a wider bar I have been contemplating going with these. I am just having a little stick shock and wondering what if any benefit I would get?
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Hello, I'm Vincent from Belgium (fresh new one here) and I plan to buy these bars but I have a question^^
Do you think it will be possible to put second brake levers on the top?
Enough place next to the stem?
Thank you very much for the help!

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https://www.councilofmoo.com/crosscheck/CIMG2076.JPG

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They look and feel great.
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Vinz -- The road bars don't look like they would work with interrupter (auxiliary) brake levers.

The cyclocross bar description on the Thomson page specifically says they are designed to allow the use of the auxiliary brake levers.

Thomson Bike Products | Road and Cyclocross
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I have 3T ergosums now. I have a Thomson seatpost and stem and since I was looking to go with a wider bar I have been contemplating going with these. I am just having a little stick shock and wondering what if any benefit I would get?
Weight reduction is all you can expect.
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Hello E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E.
Thanks for your answers and pics.
It helps me to make my decision
I'm probably gonna take the road bars and try to put only one auxiliary brake lever on the right for the back and keep
the left place for an additional light or garmin
We will see...
My reflexion about the bicycle components is still under construction but the frame and fork are ready.
If you want to have a look, it's the "St Pauli" on this page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Noble...20013931370317
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P.S: sorry for my poor english and I'm not use to chat on forum
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Weight reduction is all you can expect.
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Hello.
Here are the result on my new bespoke bicycle with Thomson handlebars

You can see more pictures here if you want (the St Pauli):
https://www.facebook.com/Noble-Cycle...0317/timeline/

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Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
Here's an updated photo for a better perspective. I now have about 400-500 miles on my new Thomson road bars, in that time I have pulled as hard as I ever did on previous bars (back and forth on steep hills etc), and haven't noticed any deflection or anything to give me pause. They definitely feel more substantive than the bars I just took off (Zipp Contour SL which were a few grams heavier) but that's because there's more volume of bar in my hands, and not because they feel any "stiffer" in how I'd use that term. These are everyday bars, not that I'm a racer or anything like that. I go 185 pounds generally and they won't need any babying.

more pics of full bicycle please
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more pics of full bicycle please
Okay, but I don't have the Thomson bars on it any longer, switched to Deda
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Why? Problem with the Thomson?
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I went down a size and the Deda is a little lighter, also matched the stem. Not really any problems with the Thomson, although I may have over-torqued the stem and I noticed a small indentation in the bar when I pulled it off.
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Ok
I can not ride my bicycle for the moment (recovery time :-/)
but I'm going to enjoy it in a few months and share my impressions^^
Any advices for a good/solid and lightweight seatpost?
Carbon or not?
Thx
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Okay, but I don't have the Thomson bars on it any longer, switched to Deda
It's not the bars I'm interested in it's the frame.
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