Schmolke Karacho Handlebar

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $160.00

Product Description

Schmolke Karacho

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by skateyboy a Weekend Warrior from scotland

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2002

Strengths:    looks brilliant-can see the hand-made carbon weaves-no tacky logos(easton/answer)just one subtle sticker-aluminium shim prevents clamp damaging bar-reinforced for bar ends but still weighs 95g-each bar handmade specifically for your weight/riding style

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
definate alternative to the carbon bars by easton etc-much rarer-lighter-good reputation for quality and supporting handmade products by independant companies

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   biomega frame-singlespeed-pace rc31-schmolke bars-hope minis-ct2 post-middleburn rs7-slr-tune bb-mavic317

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by T.R. a Cross-Country Rider from Germany

Date Reviewed: April 14, 1999

The german Schmolke Karacho is a very lightweight carbon handlebar. It weights only 98 gr (560mm). It is very durable and reliable (tested in the german Bike magazine 5/96). It offers a little bit flex, so you have a little more comfort compared to an aluminium bar. It has an aluminium shim, so it ist no problem to clamp it on the stem. It can't be damaged by clamping. You can install barends without damaging the bar, because the handlebar has strong ends which offer higher wall-thickness. The steering precision is very good.

I can't find any weaknesses.A great problem of any carbonfibre components is, that they can break easilier after crashing than Al-components. I crashed with this bar two times, but it does not break or shows other signs of damage. Perhaps it is for heavy riders a little bit flexy, but for normal weight riders, this means much riding comfort.

Bottom Line:   
This a great bar for cross-country riding. It's lightweight and durable (tested in the german Bike magazine 5/96) and offers nice steering performance. I like it very much, so I give it 5 stars.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
It's my first carbon handle bar. Before i get it, i used Al- handlebars, like Syncros or Syntace. These bars are about 50-60gr heavier than the Schmolke, but they are not so flexy. I like the flex, because for me this means more comfort. I can't find a difference in the steering performance between the Al-handlebars and the Schmolke.

Bike Setup:   
Ti-hardtail with front suspension. I use a RPM stem.

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