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    carbon handlebars

    Are their any pointers as to what to look for in a carbon bar? do's and don'ts etc. thanks in advance.
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    Beware that there are plenty of counterfeit carbon components on EBay which are considerably cheaper than the real thing. If you find something which seems too cheap, it's best avoided.

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    I recently bought a set. For me weight and stiffness were the important factors. I do like the aero look but they are generally heavier. Check out reviews and take it from there.

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    Not sure about carbon bars... my concern being that they are likely to take the brunt of any impact, even an 'unclip fail'. A sudden bar failure due to a small fracture would be a very bad thing indeed.

    I would go for a set that is from one of the 'big name' manufacturers, and from a recognized retailer for the reasons Flatlander says.
    "Training is also a battle" - Kim Jong-Un

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    Thanks for the input guys. The comments about the cheap Ebay ones is enlightening as that is why I ask. Circa 40 sounds cheap, and probably is too cheap. The thought of a fracture failure is not one to be dismissed, the cheap price has to be tempered against quality control, that is assuming there is QC.
    Gary.

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    Don't go for the all in one bars stem....my last set of integrals got cracks around the stem clamp....so now I've gone for separate carbon bars and use a alloy deda stem.
    also worth mentioning if your going to use carbon components then get yourself a torque wrench and some carbon paste, as overtightening is going to cause cracks/fails

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    nothing is fail proof .....remember the men's time trail at last years oylmpics, one of them had a carbon bar fail...

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    I don't agree with the concerns re carbon handlebar failure. If carbon is so brittle why have a carbon frame?

    I do agree that 40 carbon handlebars on EBay are a bad idea.

    I just bought a new set of carbon bars from Germany. Not fitted them yet. However they are so light they feel like kids plastic handlebars from a toy bike. Will be interesting to see if they are as stiff as the aluminium version of the bars I have. They weren't made in Germany, made in Taiwan was on the packaging.

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