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  1. #1
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    Riser Handlebars....carbon or aluminum?

    So part of my Prophet build it to make it lighter and more AM friendly. I have had great luck with my FSA XC-281's which came stock, but would like more rise.

    The bars I am considering are the FSA XC-280 or Easton EA70 MonkeyBar aluminum setups and for carbon the Easton Monkeylite XC. I tend to like my bar width around 660mm and think 40mm rise is my preferred setup, just slightly over my current 25mm. Though weight reduction is one of my project goals, I really want this bike to be durable and comfortable to ride.

    So I was wondering what peoples feeling are on these aluminum vs. carbon bars? Is the lack of crash-worthiness worth the ~140g weight reduction (will I even feel it and the carbons damping effects). And of the aluminum bars, which do most people prefer.

    Thanks for the feedback.

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    The White Jeff W
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    I've been using the Easton Monkeylite XC low rise carbon bar for about 6 months & have had nothing but a positive experience. It's proven to be durable, no issues with my lock-on grips and has survived several crashes with 0 damage.

    I haven't noticed any 'damping' effect with the carbon bar but the narrower width is definitely easier on my wrists and combined with a shorter stem really made the handling a lot more snappy.
    No moss...

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    What are some other good carbon bars out there besides the eastons and fsa's??

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    Gravity (FSA) Carbon DH Riser

    Very nice! I love mine with a 25mm rise.

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