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    Good Vibrations : Handlebar Material

    Ok, I am looking for more info, experts chime in.

    My experiance:

    I have a HT bike with a factory handlebar that fits me perfect except one thing.
    When I stick a big landing from DH or a jump, my handle bars buck my hands and arms loose.

    So, I got a nice Carbon bar.
    Now there is no more bucking at all.

    Questions:

    Do different grades of aluminum have more or less of the reaction I felt?

    Is carbon the only reliable way to fix this?

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    Carbon isn't the only way to go. There are plenty of stiff aluminum bars out there that you can use, but they're not much cheaper than some of the carbon ones. The Renthal Fatbar comes to mind, as well as the Azonic World Force and ODI Flight Control. I've used a Truvativ Hussefelt bar thats doesn't give much either.

    There are many grades of aluminum and processes that manufacturers go through to produce their handlebars. Some are simply single-butted while others are double butted. Others have different reinforcement locations.

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    Jensonusa has some great deals on those handlebars.

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    So, is "stiffness" the attribute that made my stock cannondale aluminum bars buck me off?
    So, I want more or less?
    ...are you sure about this?

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    These catch my eye:
    Renthal Fatbar
    Deity Dirty 30 Riser Handlebar

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    I have yet to ride an aluminum handlebar that has anywhere near the damping quality of the Niner Carbon Flat Top 780mm bar I have been riding for the past 6 months. I have a couple friends that just recently switched to them also (one got the 710mm and the other got the 780mm) and they were blown away as well. They are not cheap, but they are reeeeeally nice to ride with.

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    I prefer my carbon bar to my stock alumi but thats not much of a comparison.

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 4

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    I was more looking to compare diff alum types and models.

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