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    Answer Protaper Carbons or Easton Monkey lite SL?

    I am trying to decide between the Easton Monkey lite SL low risers at $60 or the Answer Protaper low risers at $49. Easons look a little lighter and have one more degree of seep which I like. They are 25.4 which would mean I need to buy a new stem. More money but not to bad since my current EA70 stem is 157g. The answers a re a little heaver, $10 cheaper and I could use my current EA70 stem. If the quality is the same I might go for the Answer and save about $60-80 at the cost of around 30g. What do you think?

    PS last time on the scale showed me at 126lbs. so i wont be putting to much stress on these.

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    I have used both for long periods and quality was never a problem. Being 126lbs, 30g isn't gonna have much effect on your overall speed or weight.
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    I have the ProTaper Carbon in 31.8 and I am very happy with it. I weigh 240 plus gear and I'm an expert at crashing. So far the bar has taken quite a few hits with no damage done. I would recommend you buy the 31.8 diameter bar for a little extra strength plus you'll save some dough not having to buy a new stem. Jenson has had them on sale off-and-on the past few months. I got mime from them for $46.00 plus shipping. I'm sure you already know this but make sure you use a in-lb torque wrench to tighten your stem, shifters, brake levers, and whatever to your bar. Harbor Freight sells a good click-type torque wrench for about $19.99 that's as good as anything out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccerdude
    Harbor Freight sells a good click-type torque wrench for about $19.99 that's as good as anything out there.

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    Can you link it? I searched around, and didn't find it. Thanks.

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    It's not on sale right now but will be soon. They have the 1/2 in drive torque wrench for $9.99 but it measures foot pounds which won't work for what you need. The 3/8 inch drive is currently $19.99 but won't work either. Here is the link for the 1/4 inch wrench that you need. Sign up for their circulars and email ads. They put the 1/4 inch wrench on sale nearly every month and advertise it heavily. You might be able to get the store to match the price of the 1/2 drive if you talk to the manager.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=2696

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    Thanks soccerdude, I think the 3/8" 5-80 ft-lbs version would also be useful for other things on the bike, so I'll probably pick that one up too.

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    Don't believe the claimed weight for Answer carbon bars, I bought one last fall and it was about 50g heavier than claimed.

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