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    Carbon fiber handlebars?

    Want to get some slightly taller bars for my GT force, and I think carbon fiber would be cool. Are they strong enough to handle average downhill trail riding?
    Who makes some of the best carbon fiber bars/risers?
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    Short answer, yes. Lots of forums on this. --> Are carbon bars that much of an improvement?

    Best on the market? Purely subjective. I love my Easton Monkey Lites.
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    Nope. No pro downhillers would ever trust a carbon bar, frame, rim, etc. on their bike. lol.

    Shy away from ebay. Nearly every big name brand has a carbon bar (Enve, SRAM, Easton, Race Face, Pro, Ritchey). Find one with the rise, sweep, and width you want and go ride. There are even aluminum bars wrapped with carbon for the "look". After all, some ppl want carbon just to be cool.

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    +1 on the Easton Monkey Lites. I've been running them
    for years without a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    +1 on the Easton Monkey Lites. I've been running them
    for years without a problem.
    Yep John same here 14 years of running the same bar to be exact. I'm 205 lbs and have always ridden technical rocky western terrain and they've never let me down yet. Easton was the pioneers of carbon bars with many companies following suit. I'll never ride anything else.
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    Ok..... are Azonic bars good too?
    Bars : Azonic CFK Bar 750/20mm Rise White/Carbon
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    Yup, Azonic's are good bars. I've been riding monkey lites for about 7 years for all mtn, including jumps, drops, you name it. I'm 190lbs and never had an issue. I just moved to Race Face 35mm carbon bars and they are equally awesome.
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    Yup, Easton here too.
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    For DH - Easton, Azonic and Answer are the best....
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Havens or havocs or specialized are what I've seen and used in the past. Ordering another haven

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    Hello,
    Could you please give more info on what you talk about aluminum bars that look like carbon? I have read many horror stories about failures. I do not ride too aggressive but luck have it, if it can break it will be me. I love the look of carbon and am set on building an insert (aluminum of course) to fit inside my yet to be purchased handlebar.

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    Didn't believe the hype... so I (cautiously) bought Renthal carbon FatBar. Trusted the Renthal name and their testing.

    Now I run carbon HB's on every bike. Stick with Easton, Renthal, RaceFace, etc if you want peace of mind.

    Does a carbon HB make a difference? Oh heck yes. Is it noticeable? Oh heck yes.

    Would I go back to an AL bar? Nope.
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    I have a 780mm Answer Protaper lowrise carbon bar. It's "thick" and no super-light XC bar. Compared to an aluminum bar it's going to be far stronger. This is strong enough for crazy DH abuse, so I think it would be fine for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cberry View Post
    Hello,
    Could you please give more info on what you talk about aluminum bars that look like carbon? I have read many horror stories about failures. I do not ride too aggressive but luck have it, if it can break it will be me. I love the look of carbon and am set on building an insert (aluminum of course) to fit inside my yet to be purchased handlebar.
    Why? To look cool with the carbon look but have an aluminum vibrating bar heavier than other aluminum bars because it has the added carbon look wrap. What a joke.

    Just get some Easton carbons and be done with it. There are numerous threads on carbon bars. My above post gives you my experience with them which is 14 years positive same bars.
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    I abused a set of Race Face risers for 7 years and they have been awesome. On the latest bike I am using Race Face 800mm x 35mm carbon with an Atlas stem. Composite is so much easier on the arms and has always been reliable under max load.

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    Although my Renthal Fatbar Lites are my first set of carbon bars i have ever owned, I LOVE them. But they are pricey
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    Carbon fiber handlebars?

    Love the Renthals and Answers but got some Easton's and have been completely happy with them and like the extra cash too. Every little bit helps.


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