- how long do alloy bars last?
I saw 3 years stated once which seemed reasonable to me, (engineering design technique I was taught once, if it looks right, it will probably do 😯 )
I had an alloy set snap on my commuter bike just before christmas, smallest road pothole was enough to break the camel's back, so I swapped the MTB bars shortly after.Posted 9 years agoRadiomanMember
Only you will know how much use the bars have had. If they are a light weight xc type bar and you have been using them hard with crashes and the odd jump then I would definitely change them often.
The fatigue life is related to the stress on the bar. If you run oversize AM/DH bars that are still fairly light and dont crash much they will last a long time.Posted 9 years agoPictoMember
Only ever snapped one bar – old orange ramrod. It snapped on a descent on Cannock Chase under braking. Managed to keep the bike upright until there was twist in the trail, at which point I missed the trail and ended up in going in to a load of springy pine trees. Walked away from the stack shaken but not too badly damaged.
To be fair to the bar, I had managed to come off a few weeks before and probably damaged it, though there was no obvious sign of damage.
For me the moral of the tail was change the bar after any significant impact to it, if using lightweight bars.Posted 9 years agoMunqe-chickMember
every 4-5 years or after a particularly big crash for me. Usually have a big crash before the 5 years is up 🙄
just about to fit some CF bars after years of being a sceptic despite no 1st or even 2nd hand negative experiences. Possibly Reading John Stevenson's reviews of the first failure-prone models back in the day…Posted 9 years agowest kipperMember
I've had alloy road and mountainbike (flat, of course) bars break and in both cases, got a wee bit of warning before they went. Both times the affected side of the bar went kind've… floppy, before shearing off.Posted 9 years ago
I've also had a cro-moly bar break which suddenly shattered, leaving scalpel-sharp shards pointing up at my falling self.
As far as the original Q, I'd be disappointed if I got less than three years out of a middleweight alloy bar.rob1984pMember
Azonic used to have a five year warranty or more on there bars back in the day but when mine snapped after 2.5ish causing me to do a skin peel on well over half my face neither Merlin or Azonic even offered me new bars.
I always replace my bars every couple years now as the cost of new ones versus the grief of when they go gives a pretty easy choice.Posted 9 years agoaccuSubscriber
interesting question……I still ride my funn rizer bar, which I bought 2004..still looks fine after years of heavily (ab)use…Posted 9 years ago
some years ago I crashed because of a broken stem…the clamp for the bar broke (it was an older 2 bolt clamp, and broke direct on the upper bolt)…
so I think its better to buy a new bar, as long as CRC has the funn rizers on sale ..
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