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I'm sorry if this has been covered somewhere already, but a search didn't really uncover it if it had. I was thinking of putting wider bars on my Epic and thought I may upgrade to carbon at the same time?? Is there an advantage other than weight and I assume the stem would need to be replaced at the same time? Pro's or Con's? Thanks
 

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Specialized has the 680mm S-works handlebars again @$120.00 each. Your current stem should fit. You will notice less hand fatique caused by vibration.
 

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I have Easton's new riser EC-70 for 2011 in 685mm length. If you shop around you can find it for 100 bux or so. I haven't ridden it enough to give you a good review but I would say if you wallet will support it, carbon is the way to go....stiff, light and with the best vibration damping...what we all want off road...or on for that matter. The thing that's important is your fit on the bike. Rise, backsweep, upsweep and overall length matter quite a bit in comfort and control and your weight distribution on the bike.
 

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I got an Easton monkeylight a yr or so back, they were on wicked sale for $50 so I thought I'd try. Probably never go back to alum bars. they really do absorb the smaller vibrations that the fork and such can't. Really does help with hand relief.

if you have a 25. stem they still have some at pricepoint I believe...?

and you can use a standard stem, just be very careful with torque specs on the bolts or you could crack/crush it
 

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just purchased a Crank Bros Cobalt 11 carbon riser bar as my first venture into carbon, it's at 680mm length with 15mm rise and a 6 degree sweep. The whole reason I pulled the trigger is I couldn't pass up on a great deal, $80 at BikeBling.

couldn't find that many useful reviews on it so we'll see how that goes.
 

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Easton just released a new wide flat carbon bar, the EC70 Wide at only $100. It is 685mm, and I believe, 9* sweep. I don't think there is a better deal out there right now, unless you find something on sale that works for you.

I have the EC70 Wide, it is very nice, and extremely light.
 

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Awesome! Thanks guys!

I figured there were other benefits other than weight savings but I just wasn't sure what they were. Time to start shopping........ My wife will be so pleased! :p
 

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Niner has some pretty sweet flat carbon bars out. I purchased one for my Lynskey build. I'll let you know the results in two weeks!!
 

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If this is your first venture into carbon bars. Pick up a clearanced set and save some money. Easton is notorious about fire sales. Also reputable. No need in springing for top of the line bars when learning.

ESI grips is also a cheap, nice upgrade.
 

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Mojo Troll said:
If this is your first venture into carbon bars. Pick up a clearanced set and save some money. Easton is notorious about fire sales. Also reputable. No need in springing for top of the line bars when learning.

ESI grips is also a cheap, nice upgrade.
yep, this is why i pointed out the Crank Bros Cobalt 11 @ $80 on my previous post. still waiting for them to ship from BikeBling

I agree, ESI grips are AWESOME!
 

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The Salsa Pro Moto carbon is a great bar also. It comes in a bunch of different configurations and has a great reputation. It is also reasonably priced (comparatively) I have one and love it.
 

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ESI grips are great, but if you encounter tight tree splitting be prepared to lose chunks of grips out of the edges. They are not very durable. I prefer Ergon GX-1s. With carbon bars, they really reduce hand fatigue significantly more since you don't have to grip the bar as much. They also provide a decent platform so you don't have to get bar ends, and ofcourse they make models with bar ends. Just FYI though, if you are considering Ergons and Carbon bars, you may need to take some sandpaper and a very small amount of petroleum jelly and rough the clamping area up a little bit. Lock-on grips and glossy carbon don't grip each other that great. Carbon paste may help as well.
 

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I run FSA K-Force bars and love them.

RE: Bar ends. Get a set of the Ergon expanding plugs and you should be ok with most bars. I doubt any manufacturer will give you the go ahead but I know of many who run this setup and none have had any problems.

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easton and barends

Easton gives instructions for barends with their carbon bars. They have internal reinforcements at the ends. I highly recommend the Argon grip/barend combo, very comfy.
 

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Mr. Rogers, thanks for the info.

For the OP, have you thought about what sweep you want to run? That may help you narrow down your choices.
 
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