Wrecked during the Dakota Five O this past weekend - clipped a tree with my right side bar (not the broken side) and went OTB, headfirst into a huge tree... was washing the bike off on tuesday and realized that I had broken my 3 week old Easton Haven Carbon bars.
I had a perfectly round concentric series of bruises on my knee, which I matched up to the bottom of my front shifter, and the break in the carbon was right where the shifter mounting bracket went around the bar, so that's where things went south for me.
2. Huck n' Roll said 'here's an RMA and a shipping label - send it on back and we'll replace it', so thumbs up to them.
3. I can flex the break open a little bit, but I rode another 25 miles of the heaviest descents of the Five O on this thing without breaking it off, and without noticing that anything had happened, that's how stiff it was. Both the break and the bar's ability to keep going after it are a testament to the +/- of carbon, I guess.
4. The 2012 Haven bar is not in stock, and they aren't sure if they can get one... I can wait a couple weeks for a 2013, but I thought I should at least see if there are any other bars I should take a look at (including non carbon bars).
I'd like to keep weight down (I lost about a quarter pound going from the alloy bars to these bars), but I don't want to keep breaking bars, either. It seemed that these bars had a very good reputation to begin with, so maybe I should just chalk it up to bad luck and replace them. I liked the rise, sweep, etc., and that the damping of the carbon resulted in less hand numbness.
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