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handlebar, stem, and seatpost upgrade(5 posts)

handlebar, stem, and seatpost upgraderm6rider
Aug 13, 2003 2:11 AM
I want to get carbon handlebar and seatpost for my Trek 2200. What do you guys recommend? Thanks.
my choices....bicycle268
Aug 13, 2003 3:25 AM
I recently upgraded to kestrel carbon bar, Ritchey WCS stem and U.S.E. Alien seatpost for my oclv frame. The stem/bar combo is a stiff yet vibration absorbing combination I would highly recommend. The seatpost is merely a weight issue, IMHO, but my new post accomplishes that goal of light weight.

I'm happy with my itemsAllUpHill
Aug 13, 2003 5:43 AM
U.S.E. post, easton carbon bars, ITM magnesium stem. The bars are comfortable and everything is holding up nicely. Do not install this stem without a torque wrench, though. Unless you're trying to be a weight weenie, you should go with a stem that's a little more practical. The ritchey wcs is popular.
Skip the post, get the barspmf1
Aug 13, 2003 9:04 AM
Aside from looking cool, a carbon post will make no noticable difference in the ride of the bike. Take my word for it, I've had 2 of them.

Definitely get the bars. I got a set of Easton bars for Christmas and absolutely love them. They're much stiffer than the TTT Prima bars I've been using for years. They also have a great shape -- a flat area right before the levers that's really comfortable. If you use aero bars, you're constrained to get the Kestrel bars because Easton recommends you don't use them (another reason not to).
Upgrade for the sake of upgrading?Fez
Aug 13, 2003 12:51 PM
Is the current stuff fine? If so, save up and upgrade something else.

If the current stuff is ill fitting, bad, or just worn, then go for it. The carbon handlebar may be the only thing that may be more comfortable. The post won't make a comfort difference.

Actually, I think Ritchey WCS bar and stem combo is the best value for an upgrade, even though it is aluminum.