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    I am looking to replace my MTB handlebars, Raceface Turbines, to get some rise over the low rise I currently have. Is there any advantage to carbon bars besides some minute weight savings over aluminum? For dampening, I'm already running 2.5" tires at 20-23#, not sure what difference bars will make. I ride in the desert so sometimes I am just letting the bike run and other times I'm fighting loose gravel/sand by jerking the front end around. I don't feel like I have any control issues with aluminum.
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    I have carbon bars on one bike and aluminum bars on the other. I can't say I really notice much of a difference in ride.

    A quick look at some spec sheets says you save about 70g for the extra $100 you'd spend on carbon. That's not terrible in terms of dollars per gram saved vs other components.

    but FWIW my favorite bars are the ti Groovy Luv Handles on my bikepacking setup.

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    I "think" I notice some buzz taken out by a good carbon mtb bar compared to a aluminum. Have always been able to find decent priced carbon bars as well, so the weight and feel have always been worth it for me.

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    Titanium !!!

    How much rise do you need?

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    carbon can work if designed to dampen vibration- see the one up bars

    I run alloy on most of my bikes. They are heavy, and handlebars don't contribute that much

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    I agree with the titanium suggestion. In my experience (titanium frame, not handlebars) it feels better than carbon. As long as you're spending too much for handlebars, why not go all the way?
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    You might consider the vibrocore serie of Spank alu handlebars. It is supposed to reduce vibrations. I have it on my trail bike and I think it does as I seem to suffer way less from arm pump than before but I haven't done back to back testing on the same bike so it could be placebo or because of something else.

    Obviously they are slightly heavier given there is added foam inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve garro View Post
    Titanium !!!

    How much rise do you need?

    - Garro.
    I was thinking 20mm. I got the bars and brought them for the build, did you have some amount of rise in mind? I get low for fast descents, I'm just looking for a little less hunch on the flat or uphills stuff.
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    Big man, I’ve found these bars to be the absolute berries.

    https://answerproducts.com/product/p...-enduro-20-20/

    20mm rise and 20 degrees of sweep. Which is just perfect for this old roadie in the woods. Plus it’s a lot easier on my old man wrists than a straighter bar. When I had another bike with a more standard bend (Easton Monkey Lite) it was very noticeable.

    Answer’s bend is perfect in that your fore/aft hand position stays the same. Ooh, if you had that bend in titanium? Yowza.

    The other bike now has the Salsa Bend bar, which is available in 17 or 23 degree sweep. I don’t notice the difference between carbon and aluminum, but the 17-degree sweep did make me shorten the stem a tad to keep the same position. I’m guessing the 23-degree bend would have done the opposite.

    https://salsacycles.com/components/c...rs/bend_deluxe
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    I'm using the 17-degree Salsa Bend Bar on my fat bike, in the 740mm sizeway. It hits the sweet spot for me.

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    Titanium is fantastic for vibration damping, strength, balanced weight, and corrosion resistance.

    As I get older, it is noticeably more comfortable.

    Good luck in your research...that is a lot of the fun in upgrading components,

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    Default Re: Handlebars

    Quote Originally Posted by Rody View Post
    that is a lot of the fun in upgrading components,

    Rody
    Says the guys selling the fancy bars. I still love my Ti Luv Handles and don't think you can go wrong with them.

    Having shoulder, elbow and/or wrist issues from time to time I don't find extra backsweep any better. Just different.

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    Default Re: Handlebars

    Having run Ti, AL, and carbon over the decades I would agree with others in that there is not real difference in "feel" from the material. There are so many other influencing factors on a mtb: tire width/pressure/type, rims, spoke tension/type, frame construction, DS/hardtail/rigid, fork type/pressure/set-up, grips, gloves, bar shape, past injuries to hands/arms/shoulders, body weight/strength, how you hold the bars...elbows out/in...number of fingers on the controls, etc, etc

    With that said... playing with different different parts is part of the fun.

    Personally I still like bar ends which might taint anything I say on the topic. On my list of things to sort out is putting bar end on bars like thollandpe posted and not have them point sideways catching every bush and branch on a trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thollandpe View Post
    Big man, I’ve found these bars to be the absolute berries.

    https://answerproducts.com/product/p...-enduro-20-20/

    20mm rise and 20 degrees of sweep. Which is just perfect for this old roadie in the woods. Plus it’s a lot easier on my old man wrists than a straighter bar. When I had another bike with a more standard bend (Easton Monkey Lite) it was very noticeable.

    Answer’s bend is perfect in that your fore/aft hand position stays the same. Ooh, if you had that bend in titanium? Yowza.

    The other bike now has the Salsa Bend bar, which is available in 17 or 23 degree sweep. I don’t notice the difference between carbon and aluminum, but the 17-degree sweep did make me shorten the stem a tad to keep the same position. I’m guessing the 23-degree bend would have done the opposite.

    https://salsacycles.com/components/c...rs/bend_deluxe
    Look at The Google, Hayes owns Answer and markets a protaper 20/20, I'll try that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rec head View Post
    Says the guys selling the fancy bars. I still love my Ti Luv Handles and don't think you can go wrong with them.

    Having shoulder, elbow and/or wrist issues from time to time I don't find extra backsweep any better. Just different.
    I will second that!

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    Default Re: Handlebars

    as A Poor, i LOVE spank vibrocore bars. They come in a wildy-wide array of rises, in a go-fast kinda bend

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    I run sq lab bars (re- lots of backsweep) on two bikes I do not do very technical riding on. For legitimate mtbing I prefer more 'normal' sweeps as it helps push your elbows out in to a proper riding position. On the other hand the backsweep bars have been amazing for the flatbar bikes I ride on long logging road trips.

    Alloy because I don't make enough money to justify carbon/ti pricing on handlebars

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