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Easton Carbon bars for big rider?(6 posts)

Easton Carbon bars for big rider?yeah right
May 28, 2002 9:58 AM
My Dad crashed at about 23mph last week when the right side of his TTT Formas sheared off at the stem. Very surprising considering the bars were only three years old, and the Forma isn't exactly light. Anyway, the LBS talked him into buying the EC-90 carbon bar, which I think is questionable at best. My dad is a smart guy and was thinking more along the lines of, well, when it does beak, it's going to delaminate and become soft rather than break all at once, and since it's got a life time warrenty, he's in good shape, but I'm wondering how long it will last because he's a pretty big guy. By big I mean 6'9" 260lbs (custom 67cm waterford) and ripped big, not fat, so he can torque the bars quite a bit. Anyone care to share experiences?
re: Easton Carbon bars for big rider?brider
May 28, 2002 11:59 AM
There's light, and there's stupid light. For your dad, I think this gets into the latter.
re: Easton Carbon bars for big rider?Ian
May 28, 2002 12:34 PM
I ride them and I'm 220. That isn't in the ballpark of 260 and full of muscle, but I don't think you'll find many riders at 260.

Anyway, go to Easton's webite. Under the handlebar section they have an animated display showing how they test their mountian bars. Their road bars are put through similar tests. The bottom line is that Easton is a leader in their field, whether it be bicycle components, bats, hockey sticks, arrows, tent poles, etc. I feel they are a company I can trust.

Ian
no!merckx56
May 28, 2002 5:18 PM
a pro guy that lives about an hour away just shattered his two weeks ago in a sprint for the line. he's 5'8" and maybe 145! the drop came right off in his hand! he was still holding it when we got to him. i think it was a muscular reaction to the broken shoulder! i've seen three bars this season alone come back broken and/or cracked severly.
as for the bars ONLY being three years old; for a guy that size, he should really think about new bars every other year. it was irresponsible of the shop to sell him a super light carbon bar. they just wanted to sell 'em!
he needs a solid, middleweight bar. tell him to take it back and demand his money back!
re: Easton Carbon bars for big rider?Avanti Guy
May 28, 2002 8:10 PM
Sounds like your old man is a good candidate for the Cinelli Intergralter bar and stem combo. Not too heavy but stiff and strong.
I'd say the Kestrel EMS would be better nmDougSloan
May 29, 2002 6:54 AM