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Carbon bars snapping

djvagabondjvagabon Posts: 262
edited January 2009 in MTB general
Has anyone ever had a set of carbon bars snap on them?


  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Nope, don't know anyone's who have.
    It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

    I've bought a new bike....ouch - result
    Can I buy a new bike?...No - no result
  • Andy BAndy B Posts: 8,115
    Nope. Only heard about it occasionally on t'interwebz

    I love my carbon bars (Easton EA70 Monkeylite)
  • there was a post on STW a month or so ago about a guy's wife who had a horror crash when her carbon bars snapped just next to the stem. :(
  • djvagabondjvagabon Posts: 262
    Do you remember what type of carbon bars they were? Ive had carbon bars for years and ive never had any trouble. Im going to ask at my local bike shop, see if they know anything.
  • nik youngnik young Posts: 257
    i use carbon bars (easton)and was worried when i first bought them thinking they would snap but you soon relise they are super strong ,all i do is check them once and while for any obvious signs of cracking etc.also make sure you don't over tighten brake,shifter lock on grip clamps to tight and bar end plugs are a good idea to stop the bars smacking the ground if you fall off
  • grantwaygrantway Posts: 1,430
    I did see pics of a broken Scott racing bike
    The frame snapped into three sections and it only went over
    pebal. Not on a beech!

    If you have doubts best buy a Light alloy bars for piece of mind.
  • Stoo61Stoo61 Posts: 1,394
    A friend of my had a pair of Easton Carbon bars which broke but I'm pretty sure he was being a muppet.
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    My mate snapped his carbon seatpost. I think he'd overtightened it, and then raised the saddle - and it snapped at the old mark.
  • stu8975stu8975 Posts: 1,334
    Only time ive hear of it happening is either the result of a bad crash or they have overtightened the clamp bolt when fitting...Using FSA K-Force carbon risers myself.
  • grantway wrote:

    If you have doubts best buy a Light alloy bars for piece of mind.

    Lightweight alloy isn't always that strong. I managed to bend some club roost XC bars years ago. Granted they didn't snap, but I still lost control when they bent down to about 45 degrees
  • Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    I was worried about this too so got carbon bars with a bit of alu reinforcement!
    BBB ones that were only £40. Bit if a bargain I reckon.
  • gcwebbyukgcwebbyuk Posts: 1,926
    Have seen a snapped carbon frame at the seatstay/rear triangle join - looked pretty nasty!

    But I still run a carbon bar with no worries....yet!
  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
    Some metal bars will be weaker than some carbon bars, just that instead of snapping they tend to bend or fold. You're still going to crash :lol: Most broken carbon I've seen has been cheap ebay rubbish, just because it's pretty doesn't mean it's well made. I trust my Eastons as much as I trust my ancient steel cowhorn bars on my road bike.
    Uncompromising extremist
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