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I'm building up a singlespeed. I want it to be pretty light, so I was considering carbon fiber handlebars; plus they'd add some comfort. But with all of the torque being put on them when climbing and rocking back and forth, has anyone had any problems with handlebars breaking or anything like that? any advice is helpful. Thanks.
 

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I wouldn't worry about that if you get some good quality carbon bars. I have Ritchey Carbon Rizer bars on my SS and they're very strong (no flex). Consider a 26" bar or wider for more torque when out of the saddle. One thing you want to stay away from is a stem with a narrow bolt pattern connecting to the bar. That may lead to over torquing the stem/bar interface.
 

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I've been riding an Easton Carbon bar (26") for the past year. I weigh close to 200#, ride rocky desert trails, and hit small 2'-3' drops all without problem. I just recently went to a carbon fork, and love that as well.
 
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