Quantcast

How long do handle bars last?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Turd Ferguson, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. Turd Ferguson New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2004
    Messages:
    224
    Location:
    Burbank
    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.
    #1
  2. OGRipper Active Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   3
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2004
    Messages:
    9,466
    Location:
    NORCAL is the hizzle
    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.
    #2
  3. sanjuro Tube Smuggler

    Rep  |  Likes:
    1   |   0
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    17,474
    Location:
    SF
    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....
    #3
  4. Cave Dweller New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    May 6, 2003
    Messages:
    993
    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.
    #4
  5. arboc! New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2004
    Messages:
    3,294
    Location:
    spokane, WA
    they last until the day they break... duh
    #5
  6. Turd Ferguson New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2004
    Messages:
    224
    Location:
    Burbank
    I'm a 200# gorilla.(same riding style)

    Thanks
    #6
  7. stgil888 New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Messages:
    484
    Location:
    Malibu, CA
    I've heard 100 days of riding is the fatigue limit for aluminum bars. Crashes, extreme riding, or general abuse make that time shorter.
    #7
  8. arboc! New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2004
    Messages:
    3,294
    Location:
    spokane, WA
    ive heard your wrong
    #8
  9. H8R Cranky Pants

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2004
    Messages:
    13,984
    I replace my bars every 2 months, or 50 miles, which ever comes first.
    #9
  10. JRogers talks too much

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2002
    Messages:
    3,798
    Location:
    Claremont, CA
    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.
    #10
  11. RhinofromWA Brevity R Us

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2001
    Messages:
    4,627
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA
    I am on year 5 on my Renthals (MX bars cut down :D )

    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.
    #11
  12. zane New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,038
    Location:
    Vancouver, WA
    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.
    #12
  13. H8R Cranky Pants

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2004
    Messages:
    13,984
    Alum: every 2 years of average to aggressive use
    Cromo: if for some godforsaken reason you actually manage to bend them.
    #13
  14. H8R Cranky Pants

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2004
    Messages:
    13,984
    Problem w/ alum is you won't know when they will break till you need dental work from the sudden failure.
    #14
  15. the law New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2002
    Messages:
    274
    Location:
    where its at
    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. :rolleyes: 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.
    #15
  16. the law New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2002
    Messages:
    274
    Location:
    where its at
    True,

    i am going to have to change my sig to "I love Suzi"
    #16
  17. Shmoe New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2001
    Messages:
    217
    Location:
    Calgary, Canada eh?
    My EA70's are a good 3-4 years old. I still ride hard on them. The Easton rep told me not to worry until 5 years.. seems sorta long... But they are still perfect and ive had my share of really hard landings on them.
    #17
  18. 563 740 New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Messages:
    73
    Location:
    North of Albany
    My Azonic Doublewalls came with a 5-yr warranty. In today's litigious world, that says a lot.
    #18
  19. bikenweed New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2004
    Messages:
    2,435
    Location:
    Los Osos
    Uh oh. I've had some ProTapers on since like '98, '99. I bent them a few months back, and I don't have the $$$$ to replace them. Does anyone know if Answer is cool with warranty stuff in regards to bars these old? The bars are pretty bent, and everyone makes fun of me for it. Both sides bent down from casing the rock jump here in SLO, and the impact rendered my broken foot even more broken for like another month. Light rehab...

    My Azonic bars a VERY bent as well. The left side bent back from a wreck or something, I never even noticed. I just turned my stem a few degrees off straight (like ten or fifteen degrees, actually) and rode with it till a friend tried to ride my bike and pointed it out.
    #19
  20. H8R Cranky Pants

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2004
    Messages:
    13,984
    You have two choices at this point:

    1) Buy new bars.
    2) Buy much better health and dental insurance coverage.


    I worked in a shop, but I'll spare you the lecture. Suffice to say, I've seen a few broken teeth, and a few guys that were glad they still had their boys attached down there. Replace them bars.
    #20
  21. ioscope New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    2,004
    Location:
    Vashon, WA
    My Best crash ever:

    1. I pulled up on the bars.
    2. They came apart in my hands.
    3. Not a scratch!
    [QOUTE=HATER] Every 50 miles[/QUOTE]

    Are you f'in kidding?
    #21
  22. Kntr Active Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    1   |   0
    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2003
    Messages:
    7,499
    Location:
    Montana
    TURD,
    Ill sell you a set of Specialized Demo 31.8 bars for $10... almost brand new (3 rides) off my wifes bike.
    #22
  23. sanjuro Tube Smuggler

    Rep  |  Likes:
    1   |   0
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    17,474
    Location:
    SF
    Reminds of this crash:

    1. Came in 3rd in hard sprint in the morning.
    2. Riding on sidewalk near school.
    3. Crankarm breaks.

    I am not sure I even fell off my bike, but if the arm had broken 3 hours earlier, I would have brought the pack down on me.
    #23
  24. H8R Cranky Pants

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   1
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2004
    Messages:
    13,984
    God DAMN it took you guys long enough.


    ;)
    #24
  25. ioscope New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    2,004
    Location:
    Vashon, WA
    I think mine broke when I almost killed myself on dirt merchant, but it came apart right when I was rolling into school; 2 weeks later. After 5 miles of road on the way to school, small bunnyhop, bike goes in between legs, run it out. Look back, bike in peices. Good thing I didn't hit up the golf course that morning!
    #25
  26. lovebunny can i lick your balls?

    Rep  |  Likes:
    1   |   0
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2003
    Messages:
    7,222
    Location:
    San Diego, California, United States
    well i got some azonic double walls that are bent from running into a tree last summer. it was a lil one and i took that mofo out! dont mess with me. oh and they have white stress marks forming on them so i jsut ordered my set of brand new b-52's :D
    #26
  27. Dreyzar New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2004
    Messages:
    50
    Location:
    Santa Cruz
    Definately two years max, even on EA70s. I wasn't worried about it, until I snapped mine clean in half coming out of a berm last week, after 3 years.
    Just replace them. Having a handlebar snap is one of the worst things that could possibly happen.
    #27
  28. bikenweed New Member

    Rep  |  Likes:
    0   |   0
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2004
    Messages:
    2,435
    Location:
    Los Osos
    So, does anyone know if Answer will warranty bent bars? Azonic?
    #28