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WOW! I really like my new Easton carbon bar!(5 posts)

WOW! I really like my new Easton carbon bar!Ken of Fresno
May 6, 2002 9:19 PM
I just replaced the stock 3T alu bar and stem that was on my Lemond Zurich with an Easton EC90 Carbon bar and Salsa steel stem. All I can say is "WOW!" I didn't really think that cf would make much of a change in road feel. Boy, was I wrong. At first I thought my front tire was a little low on air because the raod seemed to be too smooth. Nope, pressure ok. It seems to be stiffer than the alu bar, yet it does a better job of soaking up road vibrations. Go figure. I had a blast looking for ruts and cracks in the pavement to test the new feel of my familiar steed. Things will never be the same again. I'm a believer; stee... oops, I mean carbon fiber is real!

Later,
Ken
Cool.Leisure
May 7, 2002 12:54 AM
I'm pretty much convinced I'll get the Monkeylite for my mtb in not too much time, but I think a lot of other stuff on my road bike could get changed around first. Good info, though. Enjoy!
re: WOW! I really like my new Easton carbon bar!loop
May 7, 2002 6:03 AM
Ken,

It sounds great. Quick question.... How do you like the shape, particularly the tops and the curves leading to the hoods? I'm running a Ritchey WCS, which has a little less angle going to the hoods than I like, and I'm considering the EC90.

Best regards,
Scott
re: WOW! I really like my new Easton carbon bar!Ken of Fresno
May 7, 2002 7:18 AM
Scott,

When I first looked at the bar I didn't think much of it. After riding it I've decided It really is more ergonomic (for me anyways) than my old 3T bar. As you know, if you've seen one, the tops have a flattened area for your hands just before the hoods. I felt that this put less stress on my hands. I like to ride with my hands sort of in between the hoods and the bar and this is perfect for me. One thing to be aware of, because of the longer reach, this bar added at least another cm to the effective length of my top tube while riding on the hoods. I decided to move my saddle forward about 1/2 a cm and split the difference. Maybe it's just me, but I think moving my whole body forward on the bike actually improved the handling of the bike. Can't tell for sure, but it definitely didn't make it worse. Also, when I first installed the bar I had a problem with it slipping. I had accidently gotten some grease on the inside of the clamp of the stem that wasn't allowing a good enough grip on the bar. A little 409 on the bar and clamp area helped out. I'm very pleased with the bar.

Best of luck,
Ken
re: WOW! I really like my new Easton carbon bar!vman
May 7, 2002 1:16 PM
That's great to hear. We sell those bars at our store. With really good feedback from our customers. I'm thinking about them for my own bike.

Mike