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Stem and aero bar reccomendations for Easton carbon bars(5 posts)

Stem and aero bar reccomendations for Easton carbon barsrider5673
Apr 25, 2002 6:26 PM
I just got an Easton c-f handlebar and was looking for a good alternative to the recommended Easton stem which will work well with these bars. I also would like to know if anyone has experience mounting aerobars on these. I lean towards the Syntace, but already have some Superstykes sitting around- whaddya think?
ITM Millenium / no aerobarsDougSloan
Apr 25, 2002 6:39 PM
I think aerobars are prohibited with the Eastons. I have a set with an ITM Millenium stem that works fine.
re: Stem and aero bar reccomendations for Easton carbon barsJekyll
Apr 25, 2002 6:49 PM
The bar has a standard diameter and should work with stems other than Easton. Don't over tighten the stem face plate or you may score the surface and weaken the bar - this can cause it to snap at the stem.
Easton tells you NOT to mount aero bars on their CF road bar... Probably best not to. The carbon has to have enough reinforcement in the area where clip-ons mount - if the bar is not designed for this you risk catastrophic failure.
Kestrel CF bars do allow for clip-ons on their standard CF bar but warn against it on the stupid light version.
any open-face stem will work...C-40
Apr 27, 2002 5:51 AM
Although the bars are listed as 26.0 diameter, mine measured in between the two common sizes, 25.8 and 26.0. There's not enough difference to matter. I've used both the ITM Millenium and Ritchey WCS. The four-bolt models should provide more holding power without over-torqueing the bolts, since both use M5 bolts.
re: Stem and aero bar reccomendations for Easton carbon barsJimP
Apr 27, 2002 3:38 PM
I had a conversation with an Easton rep last year about using aero clip-on bars with the Easton cf bar. He strongly discouraged trying them since the bar wasn't designed to have that part of the bar squeezed. He said that they were working on a solution but wouldn't elaborate.