Carbon handlebars

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 45acpguy, Jul 10, 2018 at 5:27 PM.

  1. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    I have a question regarding carbon bars. I purchased the Specialized Prowess Enduro bars for my bike. While test fitting, trial riding around the neighborhood and making some corrections to the brake lever and shifter locations, I couldn’t help but put some very slight surface scratches here and there. Is this an issue? I read about some guys going the extreme of sanding and varnishing thier bars after getting some light sractches...
     
  2. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Mike O
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    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    I finally saw some scratches show up on my newest CF bars. Thankfully!!! I don’t know what the cool riders do, but I don’t GAF about scratches. It’s a mountain bike.
     
  3. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    Im not concerned with aesthetics either. I was more concerned about the carbon fiber being compromised by minor scratches
     
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  4. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Roger! I have a pretty good gouge in my older bars, no issue (until it fails catastrophically), but light scratches wouldn’t enter my mind as a concern.
     
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

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    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Nothing to worry about. Ive been riding CF bars with considerable gouges for a long time.

    Cracks are what you dont want to see...
     
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  6. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl MTB Addict

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    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
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    Light scratches aren’t going to do anything to the bars. I have seen far worse than what you are talking about and never a problem. If you reach fibers thats a different story altogether.
     
  7. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    Copy... no cracks! it’s probably only the UV clear coating that is scratched. Some of the stuff I was reading, these guys made it soumd like the bars were comprised.
     
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  8. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

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    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
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    Pick one, got a few
    You should see how beat up the CF rims are on my Ripley. They even have chunks missing out of em. I'd have died a long time ago if they meant anything I think.
     
  9. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

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    Steve
    Current Bike:
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    After you crash a couple times with the carbon bars, you realize how strong they are and forget about them. :D:p
     
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  10. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

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    Mark Whitaker
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    Destructive testing is not the recommended way. ;)
     
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  11. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Surface scratches on CF are usually not a problem beyond aesthetic. Most CF parts have a finish cover coat that is only there for cosmetic appearance.

    Start cutting into the fibers below that, then you are playing with fire.
     
  12. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

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    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    Carbon Fire that is... its the coolest lightest Enduro Bro fire...
     
  13. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

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    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Another testimonial. I've been running carbon bars on my bikes for 15 years. I even had a set of Joystix carbon on my DH bike. I am a 215 lb ox on a bike who is perpetually unsatisfied unless pounding through rough terrain. I probably over tighten my levers. So far, so good (knock on wood). Of course. I am currently using Syntace and they just may be a little overbuilt.

    Don't worry about little surface scratches.
     
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  14. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    I’m a heavier rider myself at 5’10” and 210lbs, just had some concerns after reading a few articles. I appreciate everyone’s input. Also, I’m recovering from an AC joint injury, so “catastrophic failures” are fresh on the brain... LMAO. Using this time to ride around the Valley and build my wind and stamina back up. I’m hoping in the next 3-4 weeks I’ll be ready to re-vist some trails and get the bike plenty dirty
     
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  15. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster MTB Addict

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    Mission Viejo (South Orange County)
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    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Canfield The One '12
    probably out of the scope of what some/most of us would do, but still.... I have had carbon bars around 3 years no problems and a few scratches, this still scares me.... around the 25 second mark...


    This was the "feature"
    Snowshoe-road gap.jpg
     
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  16. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

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    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    Uhh... thanks bro!
     
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  17. Luis

    Luis MTB Addict

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    Luis
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    Seriously o_O
     
  18. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

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    East Sacramento
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    Ross Lawson
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    I actually did that to a Ti bar-stem combo coming down the Fall Line in Big Bear many years ago...
    Still remember that "I'm fuuucked!" feeling before the impact.
     
  19. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

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    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I snapped a scandium bar once.
     
  20. kioti

    kioti MTB Addict

    Name:
    Jim Jennings
    Current Bike:
    ibis ripley
    Yikes! I snapped a CF seatpost once, but never handlebars. And def not bilateral like that. Dang.
     
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  21. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

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    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    The only bars I ever snapped were the chrome steel apehangers on my Schwinn Stingray...on a jump. :whistling:
     
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  22. UPSed

    UPSed MTB Addict

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    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    My carbon Enve bars have taken several impacts including my bike cartwheeling a couple of times. This gouge came from my last crash and I figured it was time to replace them. They are probably still structurally sound but I'm not willing to chance it.
    20180711_200339-1582x1155.jpg
     
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  23. 45acpguy

    45acpguy Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Granada Hills, CA
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    2007 Specialized S-Works
    nothing like that on my bars... yet!
     
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  24. scan

    scan MTB Addict

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  25. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

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    Josh
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    I've thrown my XC bike down the trail a few times. Once so hard I thought it was done for. But nope, still holding together. I do have the benefit of being light...but...I do take some hard hits.
     
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  26. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

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    Laguna Beach
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    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Yes...yes you do... o_O
     
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  27. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk MTB Addict

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    Most of the time they are on purpose.
     
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  28. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD MTB Addict

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  29. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

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    Redlands
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    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    What could go wrong...
     
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  30. doublewide

    doublewide MTB Addict

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