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    "Carbon" or Plastic?

    Just wondering if anyone knows the breakdown of what current "carbon" frames are. It seems to me that it's plastic being labeled as carbon. I recently bought an Easton Monkey Lite bar. They used to be carbon fiber. Now it's a "composite". Anyone know about what current frames are being made of?

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    Plastic composites with super strong bonding agents and space age methods of forming.

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    Easton bars are, like all others, carbon composite and always have been. Without the resin that holds it together it would be a bunch of flexible carbon fibers. The old style carbon weave they used to have was purely a cosmetic layer of carbon weave on the surface.

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    Yep, you can now add cosmetic outer layering to the box of neon lycra, bar ends, Etto helmets in the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
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    Seems like an artifiical distinction

    Quote Originally Posted by onegeargood View Post
    Just wondering if anyone knows the breakdown of what current "carbon" frames are. It seems to me that it's plastic being labeled as carbon. I recently bought an Easton Monkey Lite bar. They used to be carbon fiber. Now it's a "composite". Anyone know about what current frames are being made of?
    Or at least a slight semantic difference because "plastic" basically means capable of being molded and these types of handlebars and frames are made using molds and carbon fiber based and other plastic materials to make a composite material.

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    Maybe slightly off topic,but who still makes a "carbon" handlebar WITH the cosmetic outer layer. I want to match the look of my sweet origin8 seatpost I got on clearance for $30 !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip9 View Post
    Maybe slightly off topic,but who still makes a "carbon" handlebar WITH the cosmetic outer layer. I want to match the look of my sweet origin8 seatpost I got on clearance for $30 !!
    Krylon does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip9 View Post
    Maybe slightly off topic,but who still makes a "carbon" handlebar WITH the cosmetic outer layer. I want to match the look of my sweet origin8 seatpost I got on clearance for $30 !!
    Loaded does

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    Same technology goes into softball bats. The ones with plastic/carbon composite have a longer life.
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