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    Monkey Turd Ferguson's Avatar
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    How long do handle bars last?

    I have EA-70's and got 2 years on 'em. My last set broke prompting me to buy these. I guess I'm a little gun shy.
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    To a certain extent it depends on the kind of riding you do, how heavy you are, etc. If you broke a bar once before, I wouldn't go much more than two years but others won't agree.
    Blatantly biased in favor of Santa Cruz Bikes, Enve Composites, E.13, and The Hive. Just sayin'.

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    My CT2 lasted 8 years before I replaced them (still working though). The agreed-upon-source-for-all-things-mountainbike, MBAction, recommends a two year replacement period for all bars....

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    I change my ea70 on my DH bike once a year.

    I have never snapped a bar, but my friends have and it is not pretty when it does. $55 is not alot to spend compared to replacing a helmet and/or dental work when it snaps and you eat it

    I usually put the used bar on my hardtail and use it for another year then bin it.

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    they last until the day they break... duh

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    Monkey Turd Ferguson's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by OGRipper
    To a certain extent it depends on the kind of riding you do, how heavy you are, etc. If you broke a bar once before, I wouldn't go much more than two years but others won't agree.
    I'm a 200# gorilla.(same riding style)

    Thanks
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    I've heard 100 days of riding is the fatigue limit for aluminum bars. Crashes, extreme riding, or general abuse make that time shorter.

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    ive heard your wrong

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    I replace my bars every 2 months, or 50 miles, which ever comes first.

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    Two years sounds like a decent time period for DH/FR riding. I did, however, just replace my EA70s after more than 4 years of use. No problems at all. They've been on 4 frames.

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    I am on year 5 on my Renthals (MX bars cut down )

    I say for most DHing you could probably run these indefinately unless they start to bend. I just bought another pair for my other bike (trail bike) I am HUGE/FAT and need that security.

    Rhino

    Edit: They are Renthals Trials bike bars....Some Japanese riders signature model (starts with a "K")....most other MX bars don't cross over that well.
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    Hmmm, i'll probably run my bars until they break. If you're hard on your stuff I'd replace them every other season unless you have a hard crash or something else out of the ordinary.

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    Alum: every 2 years of average to aggressive use
    Cromo: if for some godforsaken reason you actually manage to bend them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zane
    Hmmm, i'll probably run my bars until they break. .
    Problem w/ alum is you won't know when they will break till you need dental work from the sudden failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoney98
    General rules:
    Al - 2 yrs MAX
    C - every season
    Chromo - when they bend
    I still have a set of Azonic riser handlebars dating back to 1998. Like new and for sale for the right price. I am telling you, these are indestructible. Seriously, I have never had an issue with breaking handlebars. Just replace them when they start looking crappy (chances are they are worn then).

    Edit: This post should not be mistaken for anything other than a semi-sarcastic stab at Mark, because he has to put up with me trying to put them on every new frame I get.
    My other bike is a duc

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