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Handlebar suggestions wantedaltidude
Jan 26, 2003 5:26 AM
Can someone suggest a good, light and yet stiff handlebar? Should I go with a carbon or an alloy bar? I weigh 165 lbs and want a bar which won't flex for out of the saddle efforts, CAT 2.
all bars flex...C-40
Jan 26, 2003 6:33 AM
Personally, I think that proper technique does not involve a lot of pushing and pulling on the bars during out of the saddle efforts.

There's not a bar made that doesn't flex some amount. Stems flex too, so don't blame the bars until you're sure it's not the stem. If flex is your big concern, then an oversize 31.8mm bar and stem combo should be considered.

My favorite bars are the Deda 215 anatomic and the Easton EC-90 carbon. I noticed that Jenson USA has the Eastons on sale for $106.
all bars flex...altidude
Jan 26, 2003 9:11 AM
Thanks. I try not to overly crank on the bars when I'm out of the saddle and I weigh between 160-165. What would you suggest as a good stem for the Deda 215 or Easton bars? I have heard that the Ritchey WCS stem is top of the line, on the other hand I have read that 2 bolt bar clamps on stems are superior to 4 bolt clamps as its much easier to get even pressure on the bar with only two bolts. Right now Colorado Cyclist is running a special on the TTT Zepp 26.0 bars, do you consider this to be a good solid bar on par with the Ritchey WCS?
just the opposite...C-40
Jan 26, 2003 10:23 AM
I find that the 4-bolt bar clamps work a lot better than 2-bolt models. I've had trouble with the bars slipping when I used an ITM Millennium stem. Surprised that I never broke a clamp bolt.

The Ritchey WCS stem has been great. Only requires moderate torque on the clamp bolts and the bars never move. Highly recommnded.
Thomson road, 26.0mm, 4 bolts, install and forget. Da bomb! nmSpunout
Jan 26, 2003 12:03 PM
re: Handlebar suggestions wantedMR_GRUMPY
Jan 26, 2003 3:30 PM
Less material = less weight = more flex = shorter life.
If you want less flex, go with a middleweight bar. I'm using a Ritchey WCS stem and a Pro bar. The WCS bar is just a little too light for me. My other two bikes use an ITM Pro 260 bar. Carbon bars are great if you never crash. How often do you think the Pro's change them ?
re: Handlebar suggestions wantedkoala
Jan 26, 2003 6:34 PM
Yup, I too went with a middleweight bar. The primas on my friends bike seemed a little flexy even though he had a four bolt stem.
How much do you want to spend? Kestel carbon, 139.00, ttt prima,Paul
Jan 27, 2003 9:21 AM
45.00 from Jensonusa. I like the prima, and cant beat the price. Have friends who have carbon and they love them. Keep away from the Easton 90, breaks real easily when tightening.New ones have abrasion to keep from slipping.
How much do you want to spend? Kestel carbon, 139.00, ttt prima,atpjunkie
Jan 27, 2003 5:23 PM
Nashbar has deals on Syncros bar. ran it during cx season and loved it. Strong, and fairly light.
Go oversizedspeedisgood
Jan 28, 2003 12:33 AM
I have a 3T Forgie XL (mid weight stem, 120 mmm) with a Zepp XL bar in 40 cm width. Or is it 42 cm? I don't remember how 3T measures their bars. Either way, it's their narrowest bars. You want stiff? This is it. I can barely get these to budge while honking up a steep climb, even pulling on the tips of the bars.

FWIW, I'm 5'8", 175#.
Go oversizedaltidude
Jan 28, 2003 9:38 PM
Thanks, looking for a stiff and light bar, budget isn't really a concern. I'll check out the TTT's. I have heard that the guys running the Kestrel carbon bars swear by them for both their stiffness and superior comfort over alloy bars although I'm not sure carbon bars really dampen lots of vibrations. Kestrel does seem to build rock solid carbon parts though.
Carbonatpjunkie
Jan 28, 2003 10:24 PM
does damp a bit, but keep an eye on it. any nick (in some cases a slight razor cut from putting on bar tape or a crash) can compromise integrity. Ran a Forgie on 1 of my cx bikes and I'm 230. stiff stem.
Like 3T's stuff. good luck