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    carbon

    Another stupid little benefit of carbon- I think it is not as cold on your paws when it is really cold outside. Aluminum conducts heat too well... even through the grips. Or when I am leaned over the handlebars gasping for breath

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    one more thing

    I finally had some problems with my Monkey light bar recently. . Some cracking noises and couple of small bubble delams near the stem area. I blame my swapping to a Race Face Deus Stem. That is too much of a weight weenie stem, I think. Not only is the clamping area not very wide overall, but the faces that actually seat on the bar are narrow and far from complete rings of contact. By contrast, I ran a generic Nashbar stem with these bars for over a year with zero problems.

    Needless to say, I stopped using the bar and the stem, and have now upgraded to a FSA Kforce "downhill" carbon bar and a traditional Thomson Elite stem. The Thomson stem is roughly a 1/4 inch wider overall, with much larger and more complete seating faces.

    I highly recommend taking a real critical look at your stem choice for using carbon bars on AM bikes/terrain.

    Another note- the Kforce is 710mm wide with a 2" rise and weighs 225g. The wall thickness is MUCH greater than the Monkeylite, perhaps almost twice as thick. Hopefully this translates into durability/strength fairly well. I doubt it will be as "plush" as the Eastons but should be stiffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyN
    FWIW I had a buddy snap an Easton aluminum bar off of a drop, no warning signs beforehand.
    Bars made of the stronger aluminium alloys can do that when very thin walled tubing used. Heavier bars made of thicker walled 6061-T6 won't.
    The glass is twice as large as it needs to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murchman
    I don't ride carbon bars to save weight I love the feel of them and how they take out some of the vibration from the trail but yet still feel stiffer then aluminum bars.
    same here...

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    I'm using Easton monkey-lite XC lo-rise 685mm Oversize (31.8 O/D at centre).

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    I actually have the XC's

    I don't do that on a regular basis. Actually I only did it twice and one was on to a transition. I have alum on my DH.
    Team MOJO Wheels.

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