- Are carbon bars worth it?
I currently have a set of Race Face Evolve bars on my (hardtail) bike. I’m happy with them, but wondering if carbon bars are better?
I can get a set of Race Face Sixc carbon bars for £45 (Promo code PAT10 until the 12PM 19th), but don’t know if it would be worth changing.
The only big(?) difference between them that I can see in numbers is they are nearly 100g lighter.
Do carbon bars feel different? Has anyone used these bars? Am I pissing into the wind and heading onto the slippery slope of weight weenieism?Posted 3 years agoandysredminiMember
They are not really any better but I still have sixC on all my bikes just because the look good and are strong for their weight. If you are happy with 730mm wide then those are a bargain. The sixC are a really good shape and don’t have the horrible tacky manky gold like the renthal I also looked at.Posted 3 years agoHob NobMember
I was always sceptical of the whole vibration dampening thing people mentioned surrounding carbon bars.
Recently I rode a weekend with some aluminium bars, albeit a lot of riding over the weekend but I badly broke my wrist last year and it caused me loads of pain. Put the carbon bars back on, no pain when riding again.
So, from my test sample, it does seem to make a difference to my long suffering wrist.Posted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
I’m quite happy with mine (on-one knuckleball, 777mm, hard), lighter and you can definitely perceive a difference between them and the aluminium bars they replaced (and not just a huge chunk of weight).
Worth it as an upgrade, depend how much £45 is worth to you, if I was 18 and skint, probably not worth it, in a cushy office job and all the bills paid, maybe. I’d probably not get them unless it was for a new bike or there was something wrong with my old ones, they’re not that different.Posted 3 years agoallan23Member
Got a bargain on some Easton EC70 bars about 18 months ago. They replaced same size and rise Easton Alloy bars, straight swap of grips and levers.
I do seem to get less wrist ache after longer rides, there’s not a huge difference in feel, just not as much joint battering vibration.
Got me convinced – still too tight to pay stupid money. Achy wrists is preferable to an empty wallet 🙂 I’d recommend to go for something expensive on sale rather than something cheap.Posted 3 years agorocketmanMember
Have recently ditched some Thomson carbon bars they wouldn’t stay put even in an X4 stem. Replaced them with Fatboy Lites which haven’t budged. The price was almost identical
The Thomsons were 200g the Renthals are 260
The Thomsons did actually feel quite good in a stiff-plastic kind of way but the Renthals are fine for mePosted 3 years agoandylMember
is the sweep, rise, width etc right for you? Don’t buy them just because they are cheap.
Back sweep makes the biggest difference to me (have broken both wrists so am sensitive). Carbon does make a difference though but it is variable as some bars are stiffer than others. Sweep is just more important IMO.Posted 3 years agoandykentosMember
I bought exactly those bars. My theory was i’ll see how they look before i fit them and if they feel really narrow i will send them back. Free 365 returns at CRC.
Running 785 just now but sometimes feel overly wide. If i try them and eventually decide they are to narrow i reckon you can get not far off that price on ebay. Maybe lose 10 or 15 quid on them.Posted 3 years agogravity-slaveMember
Cheers OP! Good find. Just bought some for my Mrs, to replace her relatively heavy 650mm wide bars.
Now she can have her Maltesers and eat them. Anyone know the average content of a bag? How about a box?
With some Nukeproof pedals that’ll save almost 400g off her bike, for £75. Well ahead of the £1 per g rule.Posted 3 years agokerleyMember
Feeling any difference in materials after going through a suspension fork and a big soft tyre has got to be in the princess and the pea territory hasn’t it?
I have used carbon and alu bars on my rigid bike whilst also using 1.9 semi slick tyres pumped up hard for summer use and can’t say I felt any difference.
The only benefit I saw was weight as I was using very light carbon bars.Posted 3 years ago
They were also cheap and I never trusted them so have switch to Ritchey WCS alu bars which still only weight 220 grams anyway.
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