- Ahem… Exotic Bars
I bought them in the summer of last year but I didn’t actually weigh them on the scales. Very light for sure but sadly can’t give you a gram figure.
I took them out to the alps in the first week and they survived a crash which broke the stem so I consider them pretty tough.Posted 4 years agoTaffMember
Brother in law had them briefly. There aren’t many reviews on them but the price and weight were appealing to him. When they arrived the tubing was very thin, less than half that of his Eastons and he was worried about that given the riding he does and what they would be like after a crash. He sent them back before trying.Posted 4 years ago
Looking for reviews for the Exotic carbon bars for which I found none, I’m glad I found this thread.
I’m considering buying the Carbon Riser 5/3 31.8,750mm bar but them being so light I’m concerned they will be quite flexy. Can anyone testify to how stiff the bars are. I’ll be riding aggressive XC and fast wide open trails on a FS 29er and don’t want the bars to be flexing around.Posted 4 years ago
As above I have a set of the 9/4 750 risers and they’re now bolted to a Fox 36 via a Thomson stem. I notice no flex from the front end. Only negatives I have ever seen said about them is due to preconceptions (too light/ too thin to trust them). For me they have been fit and forget.Posted 4 years ago
Just one other question. Is the Exotic logo/branding printed on top of the finish or is it below a clear coat? I ask because I don’t really care for the look of it and the orange will be completely out of place with my lime green colour scheme so was thinking if it was possible to rub it off with some fine steel wool or something.Posted 4 years ago
Mine are the 9/4 version.
One thing I’ve learned is that you need to leave yourself some room for adjustment if you are changing things.
I first got the 750 riser bars and an 80mm stem… I rode for a bit with my grips inboard and then cut the bars to about 730 as that was on the wider side of where my hands fell naturally. I also dropped some spacers to get the height right. So far so good. Rode some more… and then thought about maybe a slightly shorter stem and possibly slightly narrower.
So, 70mm stem… but then I also got a Reverb, which has no layback. Suddenly everything is just about spot on… and I certainly don’t want the bars any narrower (if I has them 750 now I might not even trim to 730).
So the moral of the story is that bar width is the last variable to change if you are cutting… as it is the most expensive to get wrong if you go too narrow.
I should probably have considered a lower rise bar, as I would not now want mine higher, and as you can see there’s no room to go lower.
As it is everything is damn good – but adding a Reverb nearly threw out all my calculations, and I had thought I was being careful!Posted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
I emailed them a while back about info on the wide carbon bar as it had a ridiculously light weight for something so wide and rated for all mountain riding.
I have a lot of their stuff and am very happy with it but this seemed too good to be true. I asked them to confirm the weight and if it really was suitable for real all mountain type riding.
unfortunately the reply back was very vague and didn’t give me much confidence. they also stated a rider weight limit of 90kg.
I decided to stay clear as I am near the weight limit and the bar was going to be used on bike that would take a bit of a battering. I’m sure it’ll be fine for XC use.Posted 4 years ago
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