Are carbon bars safe ?
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carbon or alloy bars ?
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Dazzzzbo



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Are carbon bars safe ? Reply with quote

Hi I have decided to opt for a longer set of bars on my scott and would like to start to skim a bit weight off it. People have recomended carbon bars but I have seen fishing rods snap under pressure and would imagine bars would be the same.
Just wondering if anyone has ever seen anything like this happen and do you feel confident in them ?



cheers daz


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the main thing with carbon is that whilst it's strong and light, when carbon breaks, it just snaps rathen than (hopefully) bend like most alloy ones would.

This is probably why you see so many horror stories about it. Stick with a decent brand that's been tested thoroughly and I'm sure you'll be fine. Also, any damage (even surface damage) would more than likely mean replacement whereas you might get away with it on alloy.

That said, bare carbon doesn't half look good!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GnasherVXR wrote:
I think the main thing with carbon is that whilst it's strong and light, when carbon breaks, it just snaps rathen than (hopefully) bend like most alloy ones would.

This is probably why you see so many horror stories about it. Stick with a decent brand that's been tested thoroughly and I'm sure you'll be fine. Also, any damage (even surface damage) would more than likely mean replacement whereas you might get away with it on alloy.

That said, bare carbon doesn't half look good!!
Cheers mate I reckon I will just get some EA70 monkey bars then.



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a carbon road frame but alloy bars, stem, cranks and seatpin for exactly that reason.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing wrong with carbon bars, pretty much everyone i know with decent bikes uses carbon bars, I've rode with them for about 6 years with zero probs, never known of anyone having issues under normal riding shenanigans either.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use carbon bars, no problems at all.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carbon bars are fine, don't believe the horror stories.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have carbon bars too,never had any probs Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a set of EC70's love them. No problems with carbon bars, totally trust them
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont know what to do now lol I will do a poll Laughing

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the last starfighter



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alu can snap quite dramatically too.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just removed a seized carbon seatpost and can testify to there strength. I have always been concerned by the strength of carbon but this seatpost put up quite a fight and withstood far more than an alloy one would have, including the use of hammers and stilsons. I finally defeated it with hacksaw blades. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't get me wrong from my earlier post - I wasn't saying not to go with carbon bars, just that I believe the horrer stories that seem to surface are more than likely from people using the cheap chinese carbon parts from fleabay.

You'll be more than likely fine with a decent set of Easton or similair bars but not the cheapo ones.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I your going to be doing a lot of DH & big jumps then you really should go with a set of alloy bars but if your more into XC then I feel carbon bars would be a good option. TBH only you know how much impact & punishment your bars & bike take
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweety wrote:
I your going to be doing a lot of DH & big jumps then you really should go with a set of alloy bars but if your more into XC then I feel carbon bars would be a good option. TBH only you know how much impact & punishment your bars & bike take
I will only be doing light xc and cycle paths on this bike so looks like carbon is winning the vote lol.

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