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    Value Carbon Riser Bars?

    Help selecting the best value on a carbon riser bar, 680 mm, 31.8 mm.

    Chinese ebay models included, cost being the biggest factor. What have you used and what are your reccommendations?

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    I have Forte (performance bike house brand) carbon riser bars on two bikes and like them a lot. The price was around 80 if I remember correctly but for some reason I am not seeing them on the website. Last time I saw them they were 60 bucks!

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    I was going to recommend the Forte bars too but when I went to check the price online I couldn't find them. They are probably discontinued like their carbon seat post. I saw them in the store a couple of weeks ago so if you have a Performance Bicycle near you, you may still be able to get them.

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    I do have one nearby, and they have a few products that I thought were very reasonably priced. I belive the carbon bars were $80 in-store and I have seen them as low as $70 online. I have also given thought to rolling the dice on a $27 Chinese carbon bar but I don't think I can do that to myself...

    I'm really looking to cut the weight in half on my factory bars. I was fairly satisfied with the stem weight and I like its angle.
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    I am beginning to think for weight savings and value a flat bar is the best route, however I really like risers they work best with my posture on the bike. I see a lot of good prices on bicycleoutfittersindy.com but can't seem to pull the trigger on any of them.

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    If you have enough steer tube length to use stem spacers, you can get the same position with a wide flat bar and it will likely weigh less than the difference between flat and riser bars.
    I'm a member of NSMBA and IMBA Canada

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    Well I decided that Forte was the route to take, EXCEPT I didn't go carbon and I didn't go riser...... Very satisifed with the Forte Team Flat Bar, its 720 mm so I got a wider bar at a fraction of the weight and it only cost $21.99!! For a $600 bike I think this was about the best I could have done. It has a good sweep and even just a pinch of a rise still. I killed 165 grams, gained better leverage against the 29er wheel and didn't have to pay for shipping. Case closed.
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    Great solution! Love it when people think outside the box AND go for the actually sensible solution.

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