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    31.8 bar recomendations

    between my broken space bars and another friend breaking his 25.4 bars, i think i am ready to move both bikes to 31.8 bars. the hardtail will be easy since salsa makes the same bar in 31.8. i was running a 11 degree salsa pro moto 25.4. for the ss i am using a soma odin. forward sweep + back sweep = no real sweep. i would be ok with a salsa bar or niner flat top, but i am looking for other options as well. right now i am trolling ebay for bars and thompson stems to replace what i have.
    i know 31.8 bars can and will break, but i will feel more comfortable with my 235 lbs on an oversize bar.

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    I wouldn't blame all that on 25.4mm bars. The On One Mary is known to have problems with snapping because of the design, and the Space Bar was simply a copy that was even weaker. Origin8 no longer sells that bar for off road use because of the number of failures. On the other hand though, downhill bars all used to be 25.4mm as well and they didn't snap. Its all about the design and materials. I say stick with what you have unless it actually feels week in your hands, although I guess I can understand if you just don't feel confident in that size anymore.

    BTW, I did find this cool bar from Ritchey

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    I'm looking at 31.8mm options myself.

    Here are some of the options I'm considering:
    Bontrager Big Sweep - 620mm & 640mm width with 12 degree sweep
    Titec Flat Tracker - 700mm wide with 11 degrees sweep
    Salsa Pro Moto - 710mm wide with 11 & 17 degree sweep
    Origin 8 Pro Sweep 6061 - 640mm wide with 15 degree sweep
    Origin 8 Pro Sweep 7075 - 660mm wide with 15 degree sweep
    Ragley Carnegie Bar - 685mm wide with 25 degree sweep (this is the one I want to run)

    There are other options under 10 degree sweep, but I have no interest in those.
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    i don't think that all 25.4 bars are weak. i would just feel more confident in a stronger stiffer bar.

    that ritchie looks nice. i like really wide bars, so the salsa and titec are good options. there was another bar that some folks here use that is called echo, i think. i think its actually a touring bar, but people have had good luck with them on mountain bikes. anybody know which ones i am thinking of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_America1976
    i don't think that all 25.4 bars are weak. i would just feel more confident in a stronger stiffer bar.

    that ritchie looks nice. i like really wide bars, so the salsa and titec are good options. there was another bar that some folks here use that is called echo, i think. i think its actually a touring bar, but people have had good luck with them on mountain bikes. anybody know which ones i am thinking of?
    Echo makes bars for trials riding, like this 29" wide flat bar.

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    Also the main reason I'm switching my rigid bike to 31.8 is to get more clamp surface on the bar. I loved my 25.4 H-bar, but it would gradually move a tiny bit every ride. So before long, I'd have to reposition it. On a rigid bike, using a bar with sweep, 31.8 just makes since to me.

    Another thing CA1976- pay attention to which alloy AL the bars are too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_America1976
    235 lbs

    Syntace 31.8 Vector carbon gets top marks against the VR3 DH standard @ 189 g.

    http://www.syntace.com/index.cfm?pid=3&pk=1529

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_America1976
    235 lbs

    Syntace 31.8 x 12 degree x 27-1/2" Vector carbon gets top marks against the VR3 DH standard @ 189 g (xc weight).

    http://www.syntace.com/index.cfm?pid=3&pk=1529

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    boomn: thanks, that was the one i was looking for

    nj: i know all aluminum is not created equal. i will look at the grade

    bh: thanks, but i don't do carbon. there are too many things about it that don't make it worth it to me. expensive, easy to damage in a crash, having to use a torque wrench for 12 different bolts

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    I justed picked up the new Easton EA70 bar with 9 deg bend and 685mm's wide.

    I got it on sale for $40, but they retail for $55, not to bad.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    I have the Syncros AM flat bar 690mm with 10 degrees of sweep, and the Easton EA70 685mm with 9 degrees of sweep. Both are nice bars!

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    I've said it before, I'll say it again (and second a post above) the Syntace Vector is a great wide carbon bar. A tiny bit of rise, nice sweep, light. What else do you want?

    http://syntace.com/index.cfm?pid=3&pk=1529
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    I just looke at a RaceFace Atlas..785mm..it felt VERY nice.
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    I went with a cheapo Performance Bike/Forte' 31.8 Carbon low-riser bar and it is turning out to be fantastic. Nice and wide.

    Check this thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=536311

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    For rigid and SS - the Titec J-bar and Thomson X4 stem is a tough combo to beat.

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    deity "Dirty Thity" bars - http://www.deitycomponents.com/dirty..._handlebar.htm

    Awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_America1976
    i know 31.8 bars can and will break, but i will feel more comfortable with my 235 lbs on an oversize bar.
    How about one of these?

    http://wheelworld.com/product/azonic...r-bars-753.htm
    sth

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleTrackHound
    i would rather buy a new stem and bars than go that route. its a bit of overkill.

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    Easton EA50 for me....rise depends on bike and your taste....685mm wide, just right.
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