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Carbon Handlebars and Tribars

Stuck on a GiantStuck on a Giant Posts: 256
edited May 2007 in Workshop
Mrs G has some Bontrager XXXlite handlebars and is thinking about fitting tribars. Does anyone know a) whether this is OK, or b) has experience of trying this, and what happened?

I think the official line is not to use tribars on carbon bars, unless specifically stated as OK (eg Easton's) but I can't help thinking this is just typical a**e-covering by manufacturers - does anyone know otherwise?

Cheers.

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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Carbon won't like the kinds of forces and scratches that tribars would put onto them.

    Unless they are specifically designed for them (and only a few are) - do not put tri bars on there.
  • Down the RoadDown the Road Posts: 949
    Voids all warranties.

    Simple as that The rest is up to you
    Racing is life - everything else is just waiting
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Hang on - you're not trying to do her in are you ????
  • No - I'd be worried if she was asking the questions though!

    Down the road - do you have any knowledge of actual problems arising?
  • Down the RoadDown the Road Posts: 949
    If you crush too many fibres the strength goes from the bar. Failure of Carbon fibre is dramatic and catastrophic It's your dime but I'm not playing.

    For the record just tossed a pair of XXX Lite VR bars (œ250 worth) in the bin after a major fall just in case of future problems.
    Racing is life - everything else is just waiting
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    CF can be incredibly strong - but if it isnt designed for a crushing load - you dont want to clamp it.
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