Has anyone broke a set of carbon bars……………….
yeah, fair point 😉 I did think that maybe it was a bit sweeping when I made it…
OK, I’ll temper it a bit. In most cases, a decent carbon bar will be stronger than an aluminium one.
Regardless, they’re more than up to riding with and logically if you’re happy to ride on an aluminium one, there’s no reason not to ride a carbon one.Posted 8 years ago
Snapped a set of carbon bars at Glentress last year.
Was a bike borrowed for the day my mate supplied from the bike shop he worked in. He saw my worried face when I saw the bars – “don’t worry they’ll be fine”. I’m 14st & they snapped on 1/2 foot drop. Was a testing ride back to Peebles 😉
Never using carbon again – but hey each to their own
Will find a pic & upload!Posted 8 years agoyoshimiSubscriber
Wouldn’t tocuch one again!
Mate of mine snapped his at the stem whilst landing heavy on the front wheel, cracked his full face helmet and broke/chipped his elbow – that was a Truvative Team one.
He advised me agianst getting one but I just put it down to Truvative sticking their name on some piece of crap that was manufactured by some no-name 3rd party………I was getting an Easton Monkeylite XC so had a bit more faith in it. Whilst fittting it, using a Park torque wrench, I heard a crack:(( Upon inspection I could feel but not see a small indentation mark following the outline od the stem face plate.
Maybe mine was just a dodgy one, or my torque wrench isn’t up to much (i dont believe that tho) – whsatever the reasons there are just some things that I think its better to carry an extra few grams for, be it shimano skewers or aluminium bars – would not go near a carbon bar again.Posted 8 years ago
Yes I totally agree but im my 18 years of riding I have never snapped steel. alu or ti bars all used in the same manner.
I am merely providing the results of my experiences
The bars in question were on a brand new whyte hardtail so fatigue is unlikely to have been a factor but an akward landing may have been 😳Posted 8 years agopidMember
I took mine (FSA flats with bar ends) off my SS as heaving uphill on the bar ends made them flex a lot which I found disconcerting – I was never worried they’d break, it was just a bit too bendy. The new alu bars aren’t less comfortable with a rigid fork and I can’t say I’ve noticed the tiny weight gain.
I wouldn’t expect them to be weak unless you crushed the carbon by overclamping.Posted 8 years agozaskarMember
Why are people using XC carbon bars and landing from jumps? duh!
I use raceface carbon with titanim weave-if it snaps then hopefully some of it stays together.
My local rides are becomeing burly so I’m changing my xc to AM gear. Ok adding 150grams -but I rather have 150g extra than a snapped bar.Posted 8 years agoseth-enslow666Member
I think some of it comes down to a riders weight. I would think carbon is ok maybe for an average rider. But it does flex a lot and someone at say 17 stone banging about over bumps and drops etc will for sure make them flex a lot more than a jockeys whip 10 stone XC rider. Carbon fishing rods are great but they can snap when flexed to there max limit. I reckon bars follow in the same ilk. There is also no doubt that carbon crushes a lot easier than good quality alloy. Not only that but once a stem just nips in around the carbon and scores, its lost some of its strength in that area. Its hard not to leave scores on the clamp area. Like carbon seatposts that seem to always get scored around the clamp. Thast is then the weak area of the length of bar. Also the bit that takes the most stress.
If I heard my alloy bars creaking though I would change them, often a sign there is something wrong you can always see.Posted 8 years agoowenfackrellMember
I weigh in at 84kg and have been running carbon bars for the last 4 years or so and they have yet to break even though i have managed to crash a few times with them on, though the crash haven’t been that bad. Mind you i have yet to break anything in the way that is normal (or so it seems) for here.Posted 8 years ago
I’d be very interested to hear if anyone has broken THESE:Posted 8 years agoJeromeSubscriber
Personally would never touch em.Posted 8 years ago
Snapped a brand new carbon post in 30mins of dusk till dawn.
First big hill on first day of transalp, guy at top trying to fix his carbon bars with a stick.
Was only 2 mins later I realised I should have given him the gaffer tape I had in my bag.
Carbon forks are OK though…
Just kep an eye on them.
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