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Bar/Stem CombosUTE
May 3, 2002 3:53 AM
Hey folks, still trying to figure out how to spec my cross project. I was thinking about the Ritchey WCS stem mated to either a Ritchey Biomax or Salsa BellLap bar. Anyone using that High Zoot Easton Carbon bar? I am not gonna be racing this rig, aiming to assemble a single track rig with some road manners. Are 'road' components like stems generally sturdy enough to handle off road excursions?? I'm not talking about wheelie-drops and the like, mostly mellow singletrack. - Thanx Again for your feedback !!
re: Bar/Stem Combosatpjunkie
May 3, 2002 7:59 AM
I wouldn't use a carbon bar on cx. The vibration and constant jarring (no suspension) of off road riding would be a little much for that bar. It would be cheaper and safer to go Salsa or Ritchey (I have one of each and am quite happy w/ both). You don't want a catastrophic failure (bar breakage) while descending some twisty single track. I don't think that easton bar was designed for that level of abuse. It may work as a race bar if you were racing grass crits mostly but fireroads and single track would be a little abusive.
re: Bar/Stem Combosjrm
May 6, 2002 11:50 AM
The bell lap is a great bar. i just cant bring myself to use a CF bar. I never thought of using a road stem cuz i have a 1-1/8" headtube. Im using a 105/0 salsa SUL MTB stem.

This set up is pretty stable in the dirt. Pick you stem so you can you can get over the back of the bike when you come to technical descents, or need to bunnyhop stuff in the trail.
Thanx - I gather you have not had any issues with...UTE
May 6, 2002 12:06 PM
compatibility between the Bell Lap bar and the MTB stem?? I figured the difference between the 26.0 bar and the 25.4 MTB stem clamp would be negligible. Some have told me this is not the case, but apparently not the case - THANX!!!