Are carbon mountain bike handlebars dangerous?

Are carbon mountain bike handlebars dangerous?

Welcome to episode 1 of Stupid Simple Bike Chat!

#SSBC is exactly as it sounds. I am more of an enduro bro who cares more about riding my bike than tinkering with my bike. My friend Matt from Bootleggers Bikes in Jeffersonville, Vermont is definitely more of an engineer who loves to tinker. Together, we are going to break down complicated bike subjects into a simple chat that will help you learn more and enhance your riding. Every episode will be a new and exciting subject and there are no limits to what we can discuss.

On this episode, we will break down the differences between carbon bars and aluminum bars. Many people fear carbon, but we think that you will find that carbon has come a long way and can have many benefits, if you have the budget to upgrade.

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  1. Nesta Silloway on March 24, 2023 at 7:02 am


  2. Ben on March 24, 2023 at 7:14 am

    This seems like a great series! You should do an episode on how to set up suspension and explain compression vs rebound. Also a video of all the kinds of MTBs and what bike you should get, this was very confusing to me when I first got into Mountain biking.

  3. Thim on March 24, 2023 at 7:15 am

    For me, I like dirt jumper bars with a lot of rise and there just isn’t carbon bars made to my liking. I stick with diety or spank aluminum.

  4. Fiveohstu on March 24, 2023 at 7:18 am

    Good stuff Jimmy! Definitely keep these up.

  5. Timothy Jaco on March 24, 2023 at 7:27 am

    Should have also mentioned material fatigue.

  6. Bad Brad on March 24, 2023 at 7:48 am

    I agree with Matt when he said people over torque the carbon bars causing failure. I think that is a big part of the reason the snap. I am about to order my first set of carbons! Great video!

  7. chris m on March 24, 2023 at 7:52 am

    I use carbon bars for the absorption it seems to help my carpal tunnel!