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Carbon Fiber handle bar/ seatpost on a carbon fiber bike?(5 posts)

Carbon Fiber handle bar/ seatpost on a carbon fiber bike?USAF Stud
Jan 12, 2002 7:06 PM
I'm just woundering if this setup will give to much of a dead feel? I'm thinking of getting a new handle bar, maybe Easton. Or should I go for the Newton Oversize handle bar/stem setup? I like to pull hard on the bar when I'm sprinting.

Thanks
no dead feel....C-40
Jan 12, 2002 7:59 PM
In my experience, I've found that a carbon seatpost will not make any noticeable difference in the ride.

I have a C-40 with a carbon post and Easton carbon bars. It has no dead feel at all. Personally, I couldn't notice a bit of difference in road vibration when I switched to the carbon bars. I've found them to plenty stiff, but I don't yank on the bars. To me it's a waste of energy and makes it hard to hold a straight line.

If you like to yank hard, the oversize bars may be just the ticket.

Another point that should be made is that the bars, stem and steering tube all work together as a system. Unless you only change one item at a time, there's no way to distinguish which of the three is flexing. Bars usually get the blame first, followed by 1" carbon steerers, then stems. There is usually no valid evidence for any of the claims.
I recently put the EC-90...DT
Jan 13, 2002 10:07 AM
...on my 2000 Klein Quantum Race, and I haven't had any problems with it. Admittedly, I'm no heavyweight sprinter (155#) but I do work the bar pretty well going uphill. With a carbon fork, it does pretty well in dampening road vibrations. I, too, am looking at putting on a carbon seatpost to further help...Kleins are stiff to begin with, and the roads around here definitely don't help (I live in Columbus, MS). By the way, I'm also in the AF, stationed at Columbus AFB, going through pilot training. Where are you stationed? Feel free to email me at froggypj@aol.com
re: Carbon Fiber handle bar/ seatpost on a carbon fiber bike?Ian
Jan 13, 2002 5:08 PM
I ride a Look KG361 with a Look carbon ergo-post, Look carbon stem and EC-90 handlebars. I couldn't be happier with the combo, it rides wonderfully.
re: Carbon Fiber handle bar/ seatpost on a carbon fiber bike?JimP
Jan 14, 2002 11:11 AM
I would caution you on a couple of points: If you use any clip-on bars, the carbon fiber handlebars aren't reinforced enough to handle them. I talked to Easton about this last year and they said they were working on this but I haven't seen their solution. Also, if your carbon frame has an internal wedge system for a seatpost clamp, this can be a issue with a carbon seatpost. The outside of the carbon fiber post is actually soft and the little wedges make big dents in the surface and can actually break the carbon fibers. Of course one solution to this is to use an undersized seatpost with a metal shim.