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Advice / Feedback on Carbon Handlebar.....(3 posts)

Advice / Feedback on Carbon Handlebar.....SpaceCowboy
May 1, 2003 5:38 AM
Was wondering if anyone has any positive feedback /advice on Carbon Handlebars. After reading Doug Sloans topic on his friend being seriously injured because of his handlebars snapping it definitely got me thinking about the faint creaking sound I've noticed as of late with my bike. Yesterday I took a short ride to see if the creaking might be coming form the handlebars. After a process of elimination and trying not to get in an accident while examining the front end, it seems to me, and I could be wrong, but the creaking happens when I'm in the drops and accelerating to a sprint. It might be the fork, but it may be the handlebars. Any thought?... Also,
does anyone have any experience with Deda's Spectrum bars or Cinelli's More bars?. Of all the bars I've viewed online, these are the two that a more shaped to my current bars (TTT Forgie.)

The sky is falling-filtersweep
May 1, 2003 5:56 AM
The creaking could be at the handlebar clamp...

While Doug posts a cautionary warning, considering the thousands of road bikes out there, and the millions of miles ridden on those bikes, what truly are the odds of an injury from a catastrophic failure of the bars?

Feedback/advice on carbon bars? I have the Easton EC90s - probably the most garden variety of carbon bars (and cheapest). They are arguably stiffer than the Al bars I had before. I don't think the point of carbon is for dampening or weight savings to the degree it may be elsewhere on the bike (like frame or fork)- in other words, despite the fact that I have a carbon stem, seatpost, and bars, they could ALL be AL without changing the ride.

The creaking might even be from the headset or the wheel at the drop outs....
Carbons common on mountain bikesMel Erickson
May 1, 2003 6:14 AM
and they take much more punishment than road bikes. Granted, they're different bars than on a road bike but I've seen no evidence that carbon fails more often than aluminum. In fact, an aluminum failure would likely be more catastrophic because of the nature of the material. I have Scott carbon/thermoplasic bars on my MTB with integrated bar ends and am not a bit worried.

I've had similar creeks with aluminum bars/stem. Mine was actually the interface between the stem (quill) and the head tube. Sanding both took care of it. I've also had a creek that came from the aluminum handlebar clamp/carbon bar on my MTB. Make sure all your bolts are tightened to the proper torque. No substitute for a good torque wrench.