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    Carbon bar with Truvativ aka stem

    I have a nice carbon bar that has worked well with several stems I have had in the past however I wondered if anyone had use this specific stem with carbon cars?

    My current Handle bar is the Easton Haven Carbon from 2012.

    I'm looking to mate it to a new Truvativ AKA 70mm stem.

    I typically have used carbon paste with this handle bar in the past with good success on other stems.

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    Well I decided to buy one anyhow as they are on sale for $40 now.
    I'll post if I have any issues with the carbon bar fitting or staying put.

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    you'll have no problem running easton carbon bars on the aka stem
    have built several bikes with aka stem and easton carbon bars and the riders have reported no problems.
    carbon paste + correct torque and you'll be good.
    might not even need the paste.

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    I have the exact set up you are speaking of on my Bronson. Bought the carbon bar off a buddy and it is working with no problems.

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    Thanks guys.

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    Got the new AKA stem. I definitely feel better about it over the ritchey I tried. They are not tons diffefent in size except on the bar clamp on the AKA is robust and sized like an AM stem. The Ritchey bar clamp is practically paper thin and has micro sized bolts like most sleek road bikes would use on a thin handle bar.

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