Searching for Very Stiff handlebars

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  1. SilentShifter

    SilentShifter New Member

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    Search function didn't really help much, so I figured I would ask.

    Current handlebars - bontrager select (I can flex them very easily).

    I would like weight to be around the same as the Bontrager Selects (260grams for 44cm wide). As for material, it doesn't matter if its CF or Aluminum. I am 6ft 3in and weigh 205lbs.

    Please provide suggestions or your personal experiences with different bars.

    Thank you!
     
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  2. JohnO

    JohnO New Member

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    I had a set of Cinelli Integralter bars that were a bit too stiff for me - really hammered the hands on a long ride.

    They were designed for Cippolini to be stiff for sprints. And the flat surfaces on top are guaranteed not to snag a toga...

    They turn up on ebay from time to time for not a great deal of money.
     
  3. SilentShifter

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    Wow, I don't think I need something that stiff if they were designed for someone like him.

    I found them on Ebay just now for $129 but the seller is in Netherlands:eek:
     
  4. Hypnospin

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    ritchey pro or comp are good 'n stiff. moreso than the wcs.
    lotsa bars are kinda noodly, the pros i use handle all but dastardly uphill sprints without excess flex.


     
  5. SilentShifter

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    Ritchey pro and comp, huh? Ok I will look into them. Thank you
     
  6. tfstrum

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    So are you using the 26 or 31.8 cm width bars? My 26 cm Kestrel bars are stiff and comfortable. If you're using 26's, a 31.8 stem and the Kestrels would be nice and a little lighter than what you have.
     
  7. Doctor Morbius

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    For stiff handlebars soak them in a mixture of 2 parts Viagra and 1 part CIALIS for about an hour. As always your results may vary. Suggest a thorough washing of hands after riding.
     
  8. SilentShifter

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    My bars are 44cm wide.

    Thank you all for the suggestions!
     
  9. tfstrum

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    I should have said thick at the stem, not wide. Sorry

    The 31.8 mm and 26 mm...
     
  10. RickF

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    Although rare, Viagra and Cialis induced stiffness lasting more than four hours is a mechanical emergency and requires an immediate trip to the lbs or permanent damage can occur.
     
  11. Vector7

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    Check out these handlebars: Token TK977 Carbon Integrated Racing Handlebar. I have these on my race bike and they are stiff enough for out of the saddle sprints, but comfortable enough for a century race.

     
  12. SilentShifter

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    Oh, I should have realized. To be honest, I don't know - they are the standard Bontrager Select equipment that came with my Trek 1500.

    I don't wanna kick a hornets net or anything, but there are just so many debates about carbon and its 'reliability'. I figure its safe so long as there aren't any cracks in it.
     
  13. Hypnospin

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    consider the nest kicked. look at the reviews of easton and kestrel bars and you will find reports of breakage. lots of carbon bars move around more than i like also. i know alu bars can break, too, but usualy takes a while of race use.

    the absolute stiffest setup i have tried was deda spectrum with deda magic stem, but they are made from 6 pieces with internal plugs to hold them together, and they have a funky bend.

    so i choose the ritchey pro for my price is no object carbon bike. if ya gotta be a crash test dummy might as well be with your frame than bars.


     
  14. shannons dad

    shannons dad New Member

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    Personally, I wouldn't use anything that was made of glued up string! I'd agree that Ritchey make darn good parts. They seem to something of a rarity round these parts though.
     
  15. dhk

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    Ritchey bars and stems are a favorite of our local framebuilder here also. With his recommendation, I got the WCS OS bar and stem in my build kit.

    Did notice a bit of flex in them on the first ride, compared to the old heavyweight aluminum bar on old bike, but got used to them quickly in the first few miles. I don't see bar flex as an issue to worry about, have confidence that the bar is a quality piece that's not going to fail on me.
     
  16. WP33

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    You're a funny man.

    Many of the "breakage" reports stem from improper attachment. Carbon bars can be damaged by overtorquing bolts on stem face-plates, crushing the epoxy, leading to premature failure. If you follow manufacturer installation instructions instead of disregarding them, like so many do, I doubt CF bars have any higher a rate of breakage than aluminum bars.

    You're also a funny man. Please research what carbon fiber composite is all about before posting next time, kthx.

    I have an Easton EC90 bar on my bike and haven't been disappointed yet, after close to 800 miles. If you get out on the very ends of the drops, where you probably shouldn't be anyway, you might get some flex, but that's a minor quibble with me. I currently ride a full carbon frame, carbon bar, carbon stem, carbon post and carbon fork, at 200 ish pounds, down some 20 pounds and more than 1500 miles since I got it two months ago, and have felt nothing but secure on it. I've also run an Easton Monkey Lite carbon bar on my mountain bikes since about '99 and have never had any carbon fiber part fail. So much for " glued up string" and Easton "breakages".

    Please know what you're talking about before posting...
     
  17. shannons dad

    shannons dad New Member

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    Carbon fibre, very basically, is in fact glued up string. I did my research. I've also worked with the stuff. Thankyou very much. And I did put 'personally' because that is my own feelings about it, not necessarily the views of everyone else.
     
  18. WP33

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    Didn't mean to offend. My point was that carbon is much stronger than merely "glued up string". Semantically, you are correct. Practically, however, it goes deeper than that. I don't mind trusting the stuff, personally. To each their own.
     
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