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    Ti Handlebar

    I'm looking for a new handlebar, and it seems that with a rigid front end, a ti bar would be a nice way to go to help out the hands and wrists by dampening some of the smaller rough stuff. My only concern is that the benefit may be outweighed by too much flex on the climbs.

    Any thoughts or experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poutineyum
    I'm looking for a new handlebar, and it seems that with a rigid front end, a ti bar would be a nice way to go to help out the hands and wrists by dampening some of the smaller rough stuff. My only concern is that the benefit may be outweighed by too much flex on the climbs.

    Any thoughts or experiences?

    Thanks

    I'm currently using an older Titec 118 Ti handlebar. It's a flat bar and it works really well. The only issue I have with it is it's too damn skinny. But yea, the flex is comfortable and I don't really notice not being able to climb as well with them.

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    I've got Titec Hellions on my bike. Great bar, but goodluck finding one. They stopped making them a while ago, the bashtards...
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    I've got a handmade Ti bar from a few years ago that is stiff and compliant, ahhh, the magic of Ti. It was made by a friend back in NYC years ago and is now sitting in the ol' bin-o-parts.... It's a 1/2" rise as I recall, nice and wide. The only weird thing is that it has a plastic bushing at the stem interface as the tubing for the bar was straight-gauge. Works perfect and never made a peep.

    To be honest, I'm not sure Ti would be the best solution, as it seemed almost as stiff as my Easton Al. bar is now..... Carbon would give the most compliant ride, from what I've noticed on my road bikes' carbon components....


    Quote Originally Posted by Poutineyum
    I'm looking for a new handlebar, and it seems that with a rigid front end, a ti bar would be a nice way to go to help out the hands and wrists by dampening some of the smaller rough stuff. My only concern is that the benefit may be outweighed by too much flex on the climbs.

    Any thoughts or experiences?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poutineyum
    Any thoughts or experiences?
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    I've got a custom ti bar from Seven on my Sugar. Unfortunately, it cost me $100 -- no small sum -- a couple years ago. But it climbs fine. As for comfort, that's kinda tough to tell with a 4" fork on there, too...

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    Hey Glen, is it...

    A General Kinetics bar??

    I cut mine too short and was looking for another. Are you looking to get rid of 'er??


    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    I've got a handmade Ti bar from a few years ago that is stiff and compliant, ahhh, the magic of Ti. It was made by a friend back in NYC years ago and is now sitting in the ol' bin-o-parts.... It's a 1/2" rise as I recall, nice and wide. The only weird thing is that it has a plastic bushing at the stem interface as the tubing for the bar was straight-gauge. Works perfect and never made a peep.

    To be honest, I'm not sure Ti would be the best solution, as it seemed almost as stiff as my Easton Al. bar is now..... Carbon would give the most compliant ride, from what I've noticed on my road bikes' carbon components....
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    Glenzx, check the pm!
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    I LOVE my ti Hellion bar. The ride is just...just...intoxicating I tell you LOL!

    $49 closeout at Cambria last Summer. Got the laaaaast one she said on the phone.


    Cut down to 24".


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    Yes!

    Quote Originally Posted by JAK
    A General Kinetics bar??

    I cut mine too short and was looking for another. Are you looking to get rid of 'er??
    The sticker is almost entirely worn away, but it is. Small freakin' world.... I never saw another one! I never cut mine down.... was going to at one time but never did. Had a buddy that worked at the Metro Bike shop on Canal & 6th eons ago, who was always hooking me up.

    Now my problem here is that THREE folks are interested!

    Lemme think about it, as it may be one of those things I sell and regret later... I'll PM you and the other 2 folks!
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