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Alloy stems/bars...why?

Iain CIain C Posts: 464
edited July 2008 in Workshop
Just saw this on the Super 6 pro bike review...

"As is commonplace among the top pros, both the stem and bars are aluminium rather than carbon fibre."

Why is that then? More chance of being able to continue after a crash safeley?



  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,155
    Yep. Plus alu stems/bars are often as light if not lighter than their carbon cousins. Also given the UCL bike weight rules and the lightness of the latest frames, teams need worry far less about weight reduction - I've seen some riders racing with powertap equipment this year which isn't exactly lightweight.

    ps when I crashed on the Etape I was damn glad of my alu bars - if I'd had carbon chances are it would have been game over...
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