bar strength comparison - carbon vs high end aluminum
It is time to replace my handlebars (5 year old aluminum). I am considering Ritchey WCS riser bar ($70, ~215 g) or Easton EC70 XC carbon ($140, 155 g). I am a pretty cautious XC rider - no jumps, no terrain parks - weigh 170 #, riding a full suspension bike.
I am kind of interested in the carbon bar to see if I can tell any difference between carbon and aluminum, but don't want to constantly worry about my handlebar snapping during normal riding.
Assuming both bars are installed and torqued properly, will one be more durable than the other?