• 05-01-2004
    danK
    answer protaper carbon bar question
    I like the fit/bend, and found a brand new one for $60. Is this a good deal?

    Is there anything about this bar I should be concerned about in terms of durability, etc.?
  • 05-01-2004
    waynomtb
    I have one and love it. 160 grams, perfect for aggresive XC riding. Can feel some flex but thats kind of a good thing as it dampens trail vibrations.

    Cheaper and lighter than the Maxim MX-6 and Easton Monkeylite EC-70.

    Cheaper and wider than the Maxim MX-5 and Easton Monkeylite SL EC-90

    If you want a stiffer bar, I hear the Maxim's are the way to go.

    Easton has $40 off coupons right now.

    Wayne
  • 05-01-2004
    Duckman
    Been using one for over a year. Broke my collarbone on it Dec before last. Slammed it many many time. Multi xc races. Pisgah rides like Heartbreak ridge. Yada yada. Even one end looks a tad fraid somewhat, but its still going strong. FWIW. I cut mine down to a more managable 24".

    I like the bend alot. Have an alloy one as well. This bike has an MX5 on it now, but this ones on the HT pic'd behind now. Or is it on the....and that ti bars on the black bike, and...and...LOL! I have way too much time on my hands sometimes. :)

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  • 05-01-2004
    danK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by waynomtb
    I have one and love it. 160 grams, perfect for aggresive XC riding. Can feel some flex but thats kind of a good thing as it dampens trail vibrations.

    Cheaper and lighter than the Maxim MX-6 and Easton Monkeylite EC-70.

    Cheaper and wider than the Maxim MX-5 and Easton Monkeylite SL EC-90

    If you want a stiffer bar, I hear the Maxim's are the way to go.

    Easton has $40 off coupons right now.

    Wayne

    Wayne,
    Thanks for the tip. Found the coupon's at Easton's site, but I think even with the $20 to $40 off RETAIL (ugh), the $60 Protaper carbon is still a better deal, wouldn't ya think?

    I'm 165 and have a F100X on the front with a 2.4 MutanoRaptor so I guess stiffness isn't my #1 priority. Comfort and weight and durability (not in that order).

    Found it interesting that Easton purchased Velomax wheels!
  • 05-02-2004
    waynomtb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by danK
    Wayne,
    Thanks for the tip. Found the coupon's at Easton's site, but I think even with the $20 to $40 off RETAIL (ugh), the $60 Protaper carbon is still a better deal, wouldn't ya think?

    I'm 165 and have a F100X on the front with a 2.4 MutanoRaptor so I guess stiffness isn't my #1 priority. Comfort and weight and durability (not in that order).

    Found it interesting that Easton purchased Velomax wheels!

    Well the SL model is the only one I would consider if the price was right. See if a dealer could get you a good deal with the coupon.

    How do you like the mutanoraptor tire and what do you run in the rear?

    Over and out
    Wayne
  • 05-02-2004
    - Jeremy -
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by danK
    I like the fit/bend, and found a brand new one for $60. Is this a good deal?

    Is there anything about this bar I should be concerned about in terms of durability, etc.?

    I put this bar on my girlfriend's freeride bike. It's definitely durable.

    My only complaint is about its diameter. It's a fairly fat bar which makes putting brake levers on that use a 1 bolt pinch clamp design slightly difficult - but still doable. This isn't a problem if you're using disc brakes which use a 2 bolt clamp instead.

    Oh, and I'm pretty sure you can find that bar for like $47 at JensonUSA.

    - Jeremy -