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Carbon bars and the 31.8 diameter...(2 posts)

Carbon bars and the 31.8 diameter...floatch
Mar 20, 2002 12:21 PM
Hey all... I'm about 5'7", 130 pounds (a little guy), and I'm considering "lightening up" my new trek 5200. I've decided a new seatpost is in order, probably a USE. However, I'm debating installing new Easton carbon (or other lightweight) bars as well. My stem and current bars are 26.0... If I'm upgrading to lighter stuff, is the jump to 31.8 worth it? My current stem is fine, but if I jump to 31.8 bars, I'll need a new stem. The thing is, I'm not sure I NEED 31.8 bars, being as light as I am. Any input?

On a side note, this question is posted in both the general area and the components area.

Thanks guys!
re: Carbon bars and the 31.8 diameter...unobtainium
Mar 20, 2002 2:20 PM
Deda now makes an oversized carbon bar, called Spectrum and a stem to go with it. Bar weighs 191 grams and stem 98. I'm sure the price will be high. http://www.dedaelementi.com/2002/eng/indexeng.htm
Kestral now offers a lightweight version of their carbon bar, called the EMS Pro SL per the latest catalog from Excel.Surpringly there is no info on it on the Kestral website. It weighs 175 grams and costs $210. Like the EMS carbon bars (which I have and are on sale for $99 at Performance and SuperGo) it appears to use the std clamp size like Easton.If money is a concern you could always use your existing stem and later upgrade to ITM The Stem ,100 grams for only $200 more!