Chinese carbon drop bars?
Aliexpress. Try flyxii or yushin for starters but any seller with a top rating will do. The former will do there own brand bars and the latter will sell copies. I have had the copies before in the past with no issues what so ever. Just make sure they are a trusted seller.Posted 3 years agobob_summersMember
Farsports have been good in my dealings with them.Posted 3 years ago
Are these the same Zipp that merlin and ribble are selling for shed loads more?!!!! (or the Chinese ones ‘Zipp’ copies?). Just seems like imported here then whacked up on price.Posted 3 years agoiain65Member
I had a set of very cheap Bontrager RXL branded bars off ebay about 5 months ago, they have now just cracked. I suspect if they were proper Bontrager bars they would not have.
I took the leap a while ago of buying proper branded carbon bars for my road bike as I think the risk in this area is just too high if you suffered a failure.Posted 3 years ago
I took the leap a while ago of buying proper branded carbon bars for my road bike as I think the risk in this area is just too high if you suffered a failure.
Hmmm good point. I have Easton Havoc carbon bars on my mountain bike and trust doesn’t even need to be thought about.
Where though for decent 44cm width branded bars? Its alu-wrap or £100>Posted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Do they need to be carbon? Even the Pro’s usualy opt for alu as they prefer the alu bars and don’t need to save weight, bar’s dont save much anyway. And a nicely butted alu bar will be comfortable anyway, and different brands butt them in different ways, some have very flexy hoods/drops, others dont, etc.
Shape’s more important than weight, find some you like the shape of and just buy a nice alu version. My preferance is Ritchey EvoCurve’s.Posted 3 years agoChunkyMTBMember
I got these in 440 width. Alu but crazy light.Posted 3 years ago
Where though for decent 44cm width branded bars? Its alu-wrap or £100>
So you’re saying you want aluminum with a carbon wrap? Why’s that.
Plenty of decent aluminum bars – Ritchey, Zipp, FSA on my road bikes and they’re all fine. 3T bars have a 65g difference between ali and carbon so no big deal.
Although I do fancy a change to 3t for no other reason than they would match forks brand wise.Posted 3 years agonjee20Subscriber
I wouldn’t trust branded items from Aliexpress – they’ll be copies. Go with the products on there where the manufacturer isn’t trying to pretend it’s something it’s not.
A million times this!
FWIW I’ve got some (real) Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon bars and don’t really notice any vibration damping.Posted 3 years agotheflatboyMember
I toyed with getting some China specials but couldn’t bring myself to do it, too paranoid about quality. I’m aware that many already on here will swear blind that there’s nothing to worry about, but we all have out limits!
In the end I got some (genuine!) FSA carbon bars from CRC, reduced to around £70/£80 from far more, which are doing very nicely so far!Posted 3 years ago
And if this is for the new PX then haven’t you only had it a week or two? Ride it a bit, get use to it, before you start chopping and changing parts.
Unless the shape is wrong for you I wouldn’t start swapping bars in search of comfort. If it’s just a bit of road buzz then just get something like this. (I’m also tempted to suggest that you probably have too much weight on your hands.)Posted 3 years agounovoloMember
Carbon forks(which you already have) and decent bar tape will reduce most of the buzz.Posted 3 years ago
As others have said the shapes more important ,I dont get on with the ergo/Anatomic stuff prefer the traditional round drops but in a compact shape.
Running Deda RHM 02 in gloss white on mine at the mo,reasonably light and dirt cheap so Ideal for trying out, also using some Bontrager Gel bar tape which is pretty good to.chakapingSubscriber
Find what shape you like before you splash on carbon, I learned that the hard way.
For me carbon is worth the outlay (if discounted) for the damping and the rock solid feel, the weight saving is a bonus if there is any.
And carbon handlebars are one area where I’d prefer to go with a trusted brand.Posted 3 years agomtbtomoMember
I got some Hylix carbon bars for about £55 off Ebay (imported from China). I’ve also since bought some genuine Easton EC90 bars which weren’t much more than £100 from Merlin.
Deda make some pretty light alu bars. My stock Genesis bars are lighter than the Zipp Service Course ones. How is 280g light for a handlebar??
Carbon bars are nudging 200g, so its a comparable weight saving to alu vs carbon for mtb bars surely?Posted 3 years agoaracerSubscriberwrote:
Carbon bars are nudging 200g, so its a comparable weight saving to alu vs carbon for mtb bars surely?
Not compared to the 3T Prima 199 alu ones on my roadie (I’ll let you work out for yourself how much they weigh – can’t be bothered digging out my build spreadsheet to check exact weight, but I know they were very close to claimed). If it’s comfort and flex you’re after then doubtless those are more flexy than a carbon bar, which might be an issue for some, though I certainly don’t find it a problem – the only real advantage of carbon roadie bars is actually stiffness.
I should point out that I’m a carbon whore, with a lot of other carbon bits on all my bikes (I’ve had carbon framed roadies since ’97) so it’s not some anti-carbon thing, just that they don’t really make VFM sense (I have to admit I also have KCNC alu bars on my MTB having spent too much replacing broken carbon ones).Posted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
These are the ones i bought in the end, nice balance between stiffness and comfort. Had some bontranger Race-X-Lite carbons before them and hated them, they were both too flexy and a really horrible shape (tiny drops with really tight curves). Considering the carbon version is £150 more they’re a bargain (unless £3 per gram saved is important).Posted 3 years ago
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