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alloy stem & carbon bars

tardyarstardyars Posts: 126
edited November 2013 in Workshop
Just wondering if anyone has any tips for fitting alloy stems with carbon bars? Just picked up some ec70's on here and have a ritchey wcs stem. Usually torque the bar clamp to 5nm-not sure about this with carbon bars? Any advice would be much appreciated


  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    No worries, just make sure you tighten the screws evenly - 5Nm is pretty standard tightening torque for all bars
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  • I'd probably go for 3-4Nm and see if it slips but 5 should be fine, just go 1/2 turn per bolt once they're finger tight so it's even.
  • tardyarstardyars Posts: 126
    Thanks for that-will give it a go over the weekend then!
  • smidsysmidsy Posts: 5,273
    Do the bars not state on them what Nm you should use?

    If not your stem does.
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Alloy bars can slip in a carbon stem so make sure you put a thin layer of No More Nails or similar in the clamping zone.
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