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    Fake or real carbon fiber handlebar?

    Here the pictures . So you can see a fake handlebar looks like. it s a RaceFace NEXT handlebar. The thickness of the tube is not even.
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    Ok. So why do you think it's fake?
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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    Crankbro's 11 bars are not even either... doesnt mean they are "fake"

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    I dont see anything unusual about those at all.

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    That's just a sign of tooling that allowed the inside mold line contour of the bars to vary during the cure. Resin flows like water during cure and if the mold moves at all so do the resin and fibers. Most bars look the same, not a sign of fake carbon .

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    Not sure if you know what real carbon looks like...
    Every carbon bar Ive had looks just like that including my Thomson.

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    The one that I used to have , the thickness of the tube is about 3mm. And it s perfectly rounded and it s even. Unfortunately I don't have it anymore.

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    Really ? The one that I used to have it was perfectly rounded and even.

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    The thickness of the tube is supposed to be perfectly rounded and even. I believe .

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    Here the other picture.
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    One side is thicker than the other side !? I don't think it will be strong enough.

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    I used to have one and it s perfectly rounded and even.

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    How many times are you going to use the phrase "I used to" in one thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    Here the pictures . So you can see a fake handlebar looks like. it s a RaceFace NEXT handlebar. The thickness of the tube is not even.
    Where did the bar come from (store? web? location of said shop?)
    What packaging did it comewith?
    Any serial numbers or identifiers on it?

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    Fake or real carbon fiber handlebar?

    I have a easton bar that looks identical and I guarantee its real. Mine may even be a little more heavy to one side, but it has worked flawlessly for over a year and survived a few tree strikes.

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    I thought my reply did not go through .
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    I got it on eBay : ****************10Q7ebw.
    No original package . No series number or anything !
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    If referring to the lack of visible weave inside, this is normal. Nearly all carbon fiber bike parts use multiple crossing layers of Uni-Directional (UD) carbon-fiber, with no weave, as the body of the piece, it is the strongest and lightest carbon-fiber material having less resin between the stronger fibers. The visible weave on the surface of some carbon-fiber parts is less strong, but more cosmetically pleasing to some customers.

    The irregular thickness at the ends, is probably from manual finish sanding with a rotating sanding bar inside the ends. To remove sharp, glass-like splinters where customer's fingers may poke and be cut otherwise. And to give more room where maximum strength is not needed to more easily fit common bar end caps that come with grips, caps which are also used with thinner walled metal bars.

    Nice looking bar.

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    Cool. This one might not pass the QC and they don't destroy but just sell it cheap .

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    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    No original package . No series number or anything !
    Probably fake then.

    Even if it was an OE part it should have a manufacturer's serial printed on it somewhere and some packaging with another number to mark it's origin.

    I'd send Raceface an Email with some pictures and ask them, if they confirm it then report it to ebay and try for your money back.

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    If I were to design a carbon bar to take asymmetric loads, I'd at least consider building it so that the thicknesses are also asymmetric to take advantage of opportunities to reduce weight where it can be done. Maybe that's what they have done. Doesn't look fake to me.

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    Thanks i sent it back to the ebay seller already. He promised to refund . Let wait and see.

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    Sorry to burst your bubble, but I have a next bar with that looks identical to that.

    I guarantee it is real because I acquired it from raceface direct.

    Too bad you sent away a perfectly good bar.

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    Fake or real carbon fiber handlebar?

    I better go saw my ibis HD frame in half to make sure it's "real"

    This thread makes me laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    The one that I used to have , the thickness of the tube is about 3mm. And it s perfectly rounded and it s even. Unfortunately I don't have it anymore.
    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    Really ? The one that I used to have it was perfectly rounded and even.
    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    The thickness of the tube is supposed to be perfectly rounded and even. I believe .
    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    One side is thicker than the other side !? I don't think it will be strong enough.
    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    I used to have one and it s perfectly rounded and even.
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    Cool. This one might not pass the QC and they don't destroy but just sell it cheap .
    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    Thanks i sent it back to the ebay seller already. He promised to refund . Let wait and see.
    As someone who works with carbon fiber, I can tell you that is real carbon fiber and it is plenty strong for handlebars. Feel free to ignore all of the advice you got after you asked a question. These bars were probably New Over stock which sellers cant legally sell at MSRP. Thats why they put it on ebay.

    Also, were your old bars perfectly rounded and even? There are somethings that I have to have perfectly rounded and even but handlebars not one of them.

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