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    Bar Ends and Carbon Bars

    Hi to all
    So what is the story about bar ends on carbon bars. Easton says to use only bar ends that have a 90 degree clamp. I use Ritchey WCS bar ends that have a angled clamp. I understand that angled clamps clamps can cause rotational strain on carbon bars and eventually destroy them. Is this true of all companies and is there a way around it?

    Can someone please clear this up for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOO
    Hi to all
    So what is the story about bar ends on carbon bars. Easton says to use only bar ends that have a 90 degree clamp. I use Ritchey WCS bar ends that have a angled clamp. I understand that angled clamps clamps can cause rotational strain on carbon bars and eventually destroy them. Is this true of all companies and is there a way around it?

    Can someone please clear this up for me.
    Thanks!!
    Moo
    I have been using a carbon Profile flat bar for 6 years now. It has reinforcement at the ends and has never failed me. I think older carbon bars that didn't have reinforcement in the begining gave carbon a bad name because there were a lot of reports that the ends crush easy.

    Any modern bar shouldn't have an issue.

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    as above, first ensure the carbon bars are designed for bar-ends.

    basically, you need a bar-end that does not pinch the carbon when the clamp is tightened. i personally don't think it's a really big deal, although the Titec bar-ends i have are fine.

    i also use some fine grade (eg: 100~400) sand paper to lightly roughen the clear-coat of the bar where the bar-ends will go, and also roughen inside the clamp. this won't affect the structural integrity of the carbon bar, but will greatly increase the 'grip' of the bar-end, preventing rotation. this means you don't need to tighten it nearly as much, so you avoid cracking the bar.

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