1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    Stem and Bars question.....

    I'm considering upgrading my stem and bars and have decided on the following;

    1. FSA OS-115 with Carbon end Cap and titanium bolts.
    2. Race Face Next 31.8mm Carbon Low Riser Bar.

    I only ride 2-3 times per week and generally on Cycle Tracks that are either paved or hard packed. I find myself on the road more often than not so riding off gutters and down the occasional few steps is common. I do not jump the bike as yet!! (too scared to damage it as it cost me a sh!t load!!)

    I guess I'm worried about the strength of the bars as a failure would hurt not just financially but physically!!

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

    Oh yeah - I have a confession - the fact that these 2 components look sic was a component of my decision making - sad I know!!

    Cheers.

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    What current bar/stem combo are you using? Why do you suspect the current bar/stem couldn't handle your riding needs? If the looks of the components are the goal, then it doesn't really matter...
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    I would recomend the WTB TXC components but you seem to have your mind set. Dont let others sway your set in ston wants, you will just be frustrated later.

    http://www.wtb.com/index_flash.html

    Enjoying a Pyramid Hefe WeizenAle looking at your happy beer head.

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    The stem is a generic aluminum, 4 bolt, 7 degree rise, black which came suppied with the Specialized Epic Comp (2003) - the bars are Specialized XC Low Rise bar, 6066 Alloy, 6 degree upsweep, 8 degree backsweep, 640mm width.

    The bike I feel came with a mixture of high and low end end components - I have replaced all of the low end ie cassette, FD and crankset and chain etc with Deore XT and only have the stem and bars to go.

    Looks were a minor component of the decision to upgrade - I'm just worried about the carbon bars snapping on me.

    Cheers

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    Enjoying a Pyramid Hefe WeizenAle looking at your happy beer head.

    MMMMMMM - Beer!!

    Have you seen the latest beer commercials for the 2 major brands here in OZ - let me know if you have not and I will post links - only aussies could come up with beer commercials this good!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullos
    Enjoying a Pyramid Hefe WeizenAle looking at your happy beer head.

    MMMMMMM - Beer!!

    Have you seen the latest beer commercials for the 2 major brands here in OZ - let me know if you have not and I will post links - only aussies could come up with beer commercials this good!!
    I would love to see them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullos
    The stem is a generic aluminum, 4 bolt, 7 degree rise, black which came suppied with the Specialized Epic Comp (2003) - the bars are Specialized XC Low Rise bar, 6066 Alloy, 6 degree upsweep, 8 degree backsweep, 640mm width.

    The bike I feel came with a mixture of high and low end end components - I have replaced all of the low end ie cassette, FD and crankset and chain etc with Deore XT and only have the stem and bars to go.

    Looks were a minor component of the decision to upgrade - I'm just worried about the carbon bars snapping on me.

    Cheers
    Carbon bars have come a long way, i dont belive they will break but im a wimp also & would preffer a real aluminum bar. The WTB are over sized at the clamping area so there is no flex when hammering or putting pressure on the bar.

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    You sure know a lot more about your current stem and bars than most beginners...

    I don't like carbon components on my mountain bikes, but they seem to hold up for many. Biggest thing is watching for sharp edges on installation on stem and the levers/shifters, be sure to file anything rough or sharp in the clamp area down so they don't create stress risers on the carbon; also don't overtorque.

    If you want something really cool looking, somewhat adjustable for rise and length, and very stiff try looking at the Syntace VRO system.
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    Aussie Beer Adds - Dogonfr

    Here they are mate;

    Carlton Draught;

    http://www.bigad.com.au/

    Tooheys New ad;

    http://www.fortheloveofbeer.com.au/

    Tooheys Dry ad;

    http://www.cleanfight.com.au/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullos
    Here they are mate;

    Carlton Draught;

    http://www.bigad.com.au/

    Tooheys New ad;

    http://www.fortheloveofbeer.com.au/

    Tooheys Dry ad;

    http://www.cleanfight.com.au/
    Those are great, the last Tooheys Lite is really funny. Thanx for the laugh's. :biggrin5:

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    Thanks.

    Thanks all for your help and advive - I guess it's going to be a personal choice - gonna give it a few days thought but are leaning back towards aluminium bars and naybe a Thompson Elite stem - they are pretty cheap at JensonUSA at the moment.

    Cheers.

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