would you buy secondhand carbon bars?
No I wouldn’t buy secondhand carbon bars for the simple reason you don’t know what you are getting, there are so many Chinese knock off copies out there at the moment, its a danger buying new nevermind secondhand. Some time ago I bought a new FSA K-force light carbon bar from the big auction co, yes they were cheap. I remember being a bit disappointed at the time but now I realise they are probably knock offs. Not in any original packing, silk screening slightly out of register, silk screening marked too easily, 20g over specced weight and poor finish on ends. By contrast I bought an Easton Haven bar from a reputable source to replace them and no regrets as they are perfect. I personally won’t pass the K-force on secondhand as I’m not convinced they are real but there are many out there who would. So from then on I have always bought new from a reputable source.Posted 4 years agomessiahMember
Three times 😳
Easton CT2 on my rigid singlespeed… these must be 10 years old now 8)
Kinesis Strut on my hardtail – Theses were new in package though
Easton Havoc on my Helius – these were damaged under the grip but had been repaired.
None of the above have caused me any concern. But as with anything buy clever… look at the sellers other kit and other forum posts to see what they get up to 😉Posted 4 years agoy0eddyMember
No coz I’ll never trust it’s damage bag it carries.
I’ll second nigelb001’s comment. I too bought a new Ritchey WCS carbon off a the same auction site, for alot cheaper than its RRP. Turned out to be too good to be true. I have an eye for detail and this bar just didnt have it, the decals were off alignment, the UCL colours were off colour and the thickness tube was alot thinner than the real item. Do a search for big brand carbon manufacturers on a site called alibaba.com and you’ll be suprised with what comes up.Posted 4 years agohmanchesterMember
It’s funny, I play hockey and both carbon fibre and aluminium have been used for stick construction over the years.
Aluminium was banned because of sudden and dangerous breakages and carbon is the fully trusted material. This is in a sport where the stick is used to impact a hard ball many hundreds of times. The state a carbon stick can get in before it breaks is crazy – worn away by the pitch, eroded by many bad tackles, de-laminated after water gets in the exposed fibres and they’re dried on a radiator! They still don’t snap. Amazing stuff.Posted 4 years ago
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