3T Ergonova, dent from stem, what do you guys think?

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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

I bought this used Ergonova bar recently. From the pics online, the paint just looked scuffed up around the clamping area. My thought was I could sand down the whole bar and lose a couple grams anyways.

So when I received it, there is a dent in the bottom, and a ridge on the top of the clamping area. Think it’s just cosmetic, or is it dangerous to use?

I have seen a few other threads about these 3T bars. There were different opinions about whether the bar needed to be replaced or not. I just want to figure out if I am going to keep this one or not.

Thanks
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by JasperGr

I wouldn’t descent with a handlebar like that, not for 1 million euro... throw it away my friend and buy a new and proper one


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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

On the other Ergonovas I have seen with this issue, they just had the ridge on the top. This one has the dent on the bottom too.

And the dent doesn’t sound good with the tap test. The area around the dent sounds hard and sharp, the dent itself sounds dull and muffled.

The seller of this bar didn’t include important info in the listing and pics. It will be going back to him
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topflightpro
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by topflightpro

That looks more like a crack than a dent.

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by kode54

that looks like it delaminated and part of it got stuck on the stem clamps. i wouldn't ride on this either. beyond repair IMO
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by beanbiken

To me that looks seriously stuffed. I have a Egonova LTD bar with “minor” clamp marks but that is a straight out cracked. In the bin or back to the seller.

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by 1415chris

For comparison stripped Ergosum Ltd, visible small stem imprints. Even before I removed the paint it didn't look as bad as the one on the pics above.
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by maquisard

Buy a new one, that is damaged beyond repair.

A few hundred euros for a new Ergonova bars will be less than thousands on dental bills.

JerryLook
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by JerryLook

Thanks for all the replies. I contacted the seller and am sending it back
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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

I like the 3T Superergo bar also. It looks to have similar reach and drop to the Ergonova. I wonder if it’s close to the claimed 173 grams? I would be getting a 38cm.
This Ergonova I have now is 190 grams in a size 38cm
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JerryLook
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by JerryLook

1415chris wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:34 pm
For comparison stripped Ergosum Ltd, visible small stem imprints. Even before I removed the paint it didn't look as bad as the one on the pics above.
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That’s a pretty good weight. What did it weigh before you stripped it?
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pdlpsher1
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by pdlpsher1

There’s some talk about the 3T bars having a soft paint in the center to help with friction. I believe this is true as I also have clamp imprints on my bars. Even when torqued properly the imprints will be there. But this is the first time I’ve seen bars that are damaged this badly.


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by 2lo8

You can see the carbon exposed and fraying in the second picture. Looks like someone overtorqued their carbon bars, heard a crack, and decided to unload them on some poor sucker.
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1415chris
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by 1415chris

JerryLook wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:32 am
1415chris wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:34 pm
For comparison stripped Ergosum Ltd, visible small stem imprints. Even before I removed the paint it didn't look as bad as the one on the pics above.
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That’s a pretty good weight. What did it weigh before you stripped it?
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by L3X

I wouldnt run that thing in a thousand years. And apart from the safety aspect, you're not going to accept a bar with damage not mentioned by the seller are you...

Understand buying second hand parts because it's a lot cheaper, but bars I would never buy second hand. You never know what the seller did with them and it's very difficult to detect any flaws that are not on the surface. Just bite the bullet, save money for a while, sell a kidney or whatever works for you and be safe :)

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