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Should I be worried about this....(6 posts)

Should I be worried about this....OwenMeany
Oct 25, 2003 4:48 AM
I went down on my 6 week old CT1, it had to happen eventually I guess. The extent of the damage is minimal, however, I did note this small gouge on the EC90 handle bar. To the feel is seems to have gone fairly deep into the "red" layer.

Is it a failure wating to happen?

Thanks, jb
sounds familiar...IDH2
Oct 25, 2003 5:39 AM
You're going to get a 50:50 split on this one I'm sure - I say replace the bar if you think it's going to bother you. If it will always be on the back of your mind that it may break, then your better off spending the money to spare yourself the stress. I had a carbon bar (xc) break while I was riding and it was not at all entertaining.

One vote to replace.
I agree.MShaw
Oct 27, 2003 11:01 AM
While I don't think your bar's going to break, if its going to bother you, replace it.

I went down a few weeks ago and bent the left drop of my Ritchey Pro bars in a bit. I'd look at it, think it was bent, wonder if/when it was going to break, convince myself it wasn't bent, look at it again...

I finally replaced it with my spare pair of bars this weekend. Much better now that I KNOW that the bar isn't going to break.

That's my $.02.

re: Should I be worried about this....Juanmoretime
Oct 25, 2003 6:03 AM
If you ride the drops alot, yes. If your 99% of the time on the hoods, not right away although I would replace it within a year.
Nothe bull
Oct 25, 2003 8:49 AM
I would not worry about it.
Carbon is pretty strong.
re: Should I be worried about this....Ian
Oct 27, 2003 11:36 AM
Carbon needs to be gouged down to the carbon for there to be a problem. Based on your picture, it does not appear to have penetrated the paint. If it is just a scratch on the clear coat and paint you are fine. If you can see black (carbon fiber) you need to examine closely for broken fibers. But based on your picture, and your description of "the red layer", I would say you are fine.