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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 6:19 am 
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After a trip off the side of a 2m high elevated bridge onto rocks a month ago, my Truvativ Noir bars are all chewed up. Fortunately that was the only damage to bike or rider - I got real lucky. (I broke the rule of looking only where you want to go, and looked at what I wanted to avoid. Gumby stuff. :x )

So I need some new flat bars 700mm wide with a bit of sweepback.

I don't have the budget for the uber lightweight stuff from Germany, but it would be good to shave some grams. Will probably grab a matching seatpost at the same time. Prefer to have a name brand so there is some accountability.

Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:21 am 
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I'm also looking for a new handlebar, I snapped my Tune handlebar in a minor crash (in my opinion it snapped way too easy...) and for sure I don't look anymore for a superlight bar having weight limit but in the same time I don't want to get a heavy one.
My first option now would be Easton EC90 SL Carbon Flat : https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8&product=108602

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:16 am 
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How is E 143 for a handlebar 'reasonably priced' ?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:44 pm 
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I got my EC90 for under £90 on CRC. Very happy with it and 124g. More like 740mm width end to end so you could chop some g's off if you really prefer 700mm bars.

I have had the usual superlight suspects but had the same experience as muntos in finding them far too fragile, especially at the bar end. I don't want to write off a very expensive component slightly clipping a tree. After 2 or 3 times of doing that I finally took the hint :)

The other one to look at is Mt Zoom. Very well priced, nice and light, excellent warranty and 1/2 price crash replacement if you do something stupid and damage them through your own fault. Ant will always sort you out if something happens so no reason to not go for them


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:14 pm 
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The Enve Sweep at $160 isn't too bad. I love mine, they aren't the lightest... but are light enough and VERY strong.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:04 pm 
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Get a reputable Chinese Carbon, I have some 680's, 122g and cost just £16/$25

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:38 am 
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I'm probably heading towards the Easton, but what would you recommend as "reputable" for carbon bars?

Would Light Bicycles be on that list?

Edit: LB don't do handlebars, it seems. Wheels only. :( I hae a set of their rims on my RDO wheelset and they're excellent.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:59 am 
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+1 on mtzoom


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:52 pm 
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I finally ordered a mt zoom the other day. Ended up being same price as ec90 but has a better warranty. The 1/2 price crash replacment was the deal maker. Plus I have never hear of any real problems with them.

Cost me 165CAD shipped. Really a great price when I looked around.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:07 pm 
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Mt Zoom every time!
I've had a number of their products over the years, all excellent quality and never let me down


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:13 am 
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+1 for MtZoom, great bang 4 buck.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:45 am 
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Ordered the EC90SL in the end - free freight to Down Under brought it under the MT Zoom price. The name brand that I've used previously and been very satisfied with was a welcome bonus.

Thanks for all your input. :thumbup: As usual, you've been enormously helpful. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:44 pm 
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Waiting some pics with it and weight ;-)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:21 am 
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Should arrive Monday. I hope an analog scale is acceptable ;)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:40 am 
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TheRookie wrote:
Get a reputable Chinese Carbon, I have some 680's, 122g and cost just £16/$25


That's what I did. Good value for the money.


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