- How often do you replace your handlebars or bend / snap them?
I’ve broken one, it was a 110(ish) gram carbon bar that bent after a couple of miles of its first use, so pretty sure it was a manufacturing fault. This was however in the early days of carbon components for mountain bikes so some stuff was of sketchy quality.
I’ve had plenty of carbon and aluminium bars before and since and they’ve all been fine.
Never replaced any after a set period of time although some have been gradually downgraded to the pub/commuter bike where I’d expect them to receive less abuse.Posted 5 years agosnowpaulMember
Just wondering – had a group ride tonight and we were discussing irrational biking fears – fear of handlebar snapping is mine! I havent ever snapped a bar but I did bend a few back in the lightweight 90s craze…
I guess not that many actually snap as it would be all over STW – I usually replace mine after 2 years or after a big spill…
whats the consensus?
paulPosted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
I’ve never broke a modern bar, by modern i mean from mid 90’s onwards and i still happily run an Easton Carbon XC riser bar from 2004 despite having some major crashes with it. The only bar i’ve ever damaged was a narrow Titanium flat bar back in the very early 90’s and that just bent slightly so i bent it back and continued to ride with it for months, i’ve still got it or rather my mother has – it’s on her work bike that’s been pimped up with all my old trick bits and anodised cast-offs.Posted 5 years agoJoeGSubscriber
Never catastrophically broke a bar. I did crack a lightweight carbon bar when the bar end hit a tree or something, causing the bar end clamp to crack the bar. The bar was still serviceable enough for me to use until I was able to get order some aluminum ones as a replacement, though.Posted 5 years agouser-removedMember
Strangely enough, I managed to totally snap an alu bar on a mid 90s Carrera. Landed a small bunnyhop off a tarmac covered tree root and it went at the stem. Managed to stay on by leaning out over the front and rolling to a halt.
Most of my biking fears are completely rational; werewolves on night rides, etc.Posted 5 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Why is the clamp area out of the stem in that Easton pic and the right hand bar section still in the clamp?
For the purposes of taking the photo.
It was clamped in the middle when it went SNAP.
To be fair it was a decent crash, so i don’t blame the bar. In fact I went out and bought another and I’ve only just swapped it 5 years later for a wider OS barPosted 5 years agopslingSubscriber
Broke a flat Ti bar (clean through at one side of the stem clamp) after about 6 years on a rigid HT. Went at the end of a muddy ride whilst doing little bunny hops to dislodge the mud (as you do) 😯
Other than that, occasionally change bars around from bike to bike but never consciously to improve their lifetime. Used to have a fear of carbonfibre seatposts until I remembered I’d been riding around on carbonfibre forks for yonks.Posted 5 years agosbobMember
Broken a couple of cheap stems, and luckily got away with it. Always fails of the weld.Posted 5 years ago
Running a 12yr old Synchros bar and stem at the mo.
I do always get the needle files out to make sure there is no edge on the stem to give a point where the bar can break, but no; never broken a bar.coffeekingMember
Never broken a bar. NEver bent one. Never been below 15 stone and often land nose first from big drops. Never worried about it.
I’ve snapped some forks though, but it was a 1970s road bike and I did try to ride up the kerb at full whack without lifting the front wheel.
I’ve snapped a crank arm too while bunnyhopping.
You could worry your life away, spend a fortune replacing parts preventatively (and pointlessly) or you could just get on with life.Posted 5 years agoPJM1974Member
I bent a set of bars in a crash once on a week old bike, but stupidly didn’t notice for another year…when I realised that the left grip was half an inch higher than the right!
Since then I check bars regularly, I do swap every now and again, mainly for fashion victim purposes though.Posted 5 years ago
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