Anyone gone from alloy to carbon bars on their hardtail?
Yes I did go from alu to carbon some years ago. And swapped back n forth over the years.
Come to think of it, there were two memorable occasions where I got numb hand, and they were both on the alu bars. Not sure if there is a correlation, I always thought it was just bad hand position that caused that…Posted 4 years agoandylMember
Very noticeable difference between my carbon bars (X-lite and Easton Havoc) and my Easton EA70 bars I used before (which are very stiff aluminium bars).
Between the two carbon bars my Havocs feel a lot stiffer (no surprise there)
And my previous aluminium Race Face Deus XC bars were slightly comfier than the EA70s which were just damn stiff and harsh.Posted 4 years agobent udderMember
I ran Truvativ Noir carbons on my hardtail, and it did feel more comfy when using a rigid fork. No noticeable difference with suspension forks, mind.
Swapped out alloy bars on another hardtail the other day, and ended up with numb hands on the test ride. It turns out I had got my brake lever position a little wrong, and as a result I was stretching my fingertips to reach the levers to brake, which stretched my fingertips against the ends of my gloves. Removing my gloves got rid of the tingling, but movimg my levers about a quarter of an inch towards my natural hand position on the grips, and five degrees towards the horizontal more, helped even more.
Moral of this story: check it’s not your hand position. One more thing: if you really get on with a specific aluminium bar, but want something more comfy, see if there is a carbon version of that bar.
Can’t use my noirs on the new bike, as I need flat bars, by the way, so I am going to sell them.Posted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
I’d be looking at bar shape or position first to cure the pins and needles.
I have a set of FSA carbon bars which gave me palm ache at first. I played around with the set up and its fine now.
Also check reviews or opinions on bars before buying. Some poorly designed carbon bars can be much stiffer.Posted 4 years agoclubberMember
Hand position is almost certainly the issue. Different sweep/width/tilt of the bars and grips are the things to try before carbon.
FWIW, I found that ergon grips helped as I had the same issue and despite trying just about every combination of the above nothing else seemed to stop it.Posted 4 years agocannondalekingMember
been flipping back and forth for years mate. Easton carbon ec70 wides cut to fit had a little flex and are comfi for me and on another flip note I find the surly torsion steel bar very comfi. I think its the sweep of a bar that makes it fit me right and adds the most comfort over materialPosted 4 years agoesher shoreMember
running carbon fibre bar on my rigid fork commuting hybrid with road wheels and road tires set at 100psi
previously had an aluminium alloy bar on the same bike with same components, same grips, etc. (CF and Alloy bars from same brand both for MTB riding)
only item that has changed is the bar, it definitely more comfortable with the CF bar and takes away the road buzz and better deadens the impact of hitting all those lovely potholes littering the roads of ‘London town 😉Posted 4 years ago
I don’t suffer from wrist aches and pains. Its my fingers. I’ve thought about ergo. grips but am worried that if I set them up for a seated position they’ll be wrong when I’m descending/ standing. I’m using Oury grips which I find pretty good. I have wondered though whether a grip with more circumference ( I’ve fairly large hands but not long fingers ) would improve the numbness..Posted 4 years ago
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