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    Superlight kids handlebar

    Just picked up a used xs Pivot for my daughter.
    Needs a new cockpit to get it sized down.

    Does anybody make a superlight handlebar for kids? I've got a Wren stem and Trailcraft cranks so its already established that this bike has a rider weight limit. If somebody made a 640mm wide bar with a 100# rider limit that would be perfect.

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    I went with a set of cheap ($20) carbon bars from EBay. They were just over 100g, they appear to be more than enough for a kid, I would even consider a set for my bike as well.




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    We did a Chinese carbon one as well, was stupidly light. Paired it with the thin ESI racer's edge grips and it works great for small hands. The chunky's are a hair cheaper and only 2mm thicker as well.
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    Protaper Junit bars are nice for small hands and can be cut down that small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimTucker View Post
    Protaper Junit bars are nice for small hands and can be cut down that small.
    I second these as a potential option. The combo of bar and grips is around 230g I think which is usually on par with a light carbon bar and adult grips. I think itll be a bit more compliant being alum and small diameter stuff. We've been happy with them on our 24" with wren stem etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svinyard View Post
    I second these as a potential option. The combo of bar and grips is around 230g
    Just need to double check, are you sure about that weight?

    I just (today!) received the Junit handlebar/grip kombo and they show 327g on the kitchen scale (uncut bar at 680mm). The bar is 260g and grips 67g. Iíll cut the bar to 600mm which should shave a few grams.

    Before we used the KCNC SC Bone flat bar (aluminium, 600mm) at 131g with the Spawn/Brood grips at 98g.

    So the very nice grip diameter reduction (from 28mm to 22mm) comes with about 100g weight penalty for us 😬

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallander View Post
    Just need to double check, are you sure about that weight?

    I just (today!) received the Junit handlebar/grip kombo and they show 327g on the kitchen scale (uncut bar at 680mm). The bar is 260g and grips 67g. Iíll cut the bar to 600mm which should shave a few grams.

    Before we used the KCNC SC Bone flat bar (aluminium, 600mm) at 131g with the Spawn/Brood grips at 98g.

    So the very nice grip diameter reduction (from 28mm to 22mm) comes with about 100g weight penalty for us 😬
    Ah I'm sure you are right and that I'm transposing some numbers.

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    Thanks for the ebay lead. Those are super cheap.
    I hate buying bars with no sweep or rise specs since there are some bad ones out there but for under $20 to my door, its worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallander View Post
    Just need to double check, are you sure about that weight?

    I just (today!) received the Junit handlebar/grip kombo and they show 327g on the kitchen scale (uncut bar at 680mm). The bar is 260g and grips 67g. Iíll cut the bar to 600mm which should shave a few grams.

    Before we used the KCNC SC Bone flat bar (aluminium, 600mm) at 131g with the Spawn/Brood grips at 98g.

    So the very nice grip diameter reduction (from 28mm to 22mm) comes with about 100g weight penalty for us 😬
    About the same as I'd observed in my prior write-up about them: https://forums.mtbr.com/families-rid...s-1104307.html

    I measured 71g grips and 260g for uncut bars (240g after cutting down to 580mm)

    The only published spec on their site says "245g" -- not sure what they were measuring to get to that number:
    https://shop.hayesperformance.com/co...ar-grips-combo

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    Am I the only one concerned about strength of a chinese carbon bar? I'd hate for a kid to get sliced open on a broken bar from a crash. I initially considered swapping to a carbon bar and seatpost on my kids' bikes for easy weight reduction but just couldn't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyeballs View Post
    Am I the only one concerned about strength of a chinese carbon bar? I'd hate for a kid to get sliced open on a broken bar from a crash. I initially considered swapping to a carbon bar and seatpost on my kids' bikes for easy weight reduction but just couldn't do it.
    You definitely aren't the only one concerned. But IME for a kid, at least the one we got, there's no way they're going to break it under anything close to normal riding. I've tried breaking one, it would take either a defective one or an absolutely spectacular crash.
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    I wasnít too worried, if you get one, you will be amazed at the quality. I have put a lot of force on this one and it doesnít budge.

    I am sure there are some out there that are questionable, but this particular one was impressive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eyeballs View Post
    Am I the only one concerned about strength of a chinese carbon bar? I'd hate for a kid to get sliced open on a broken bar from a crash. I initially considered swapping to a carbon bar and seatpost on my kids' bikes for easy weight reduction but just couldn't do it.
    Yes, I would be concerned if a normal weight person was riding it on aggressive trails. I've seen name brand carbon bars break from unimpressive crashes.
    However, for a 75# rider who isnt jumping yet, I think thats a safe application

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    Quote Originally Posted by buildyourown View Post
    Thanks for the ebay lead. Those are super cheap.
    Did I miss the lead? I see the ebay reference but didn't catch which brand/seller you guys were buying from?

    Thanks
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    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F391757208737

    This is where I bought mine.


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    Awesome! Thanks for sending.

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    I'm using an old school Ritchey narrow Ti bar. Not sure what they go for used ... but mine is 151g for reference.

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