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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:43 pm 
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i'm looking for some new bits for my 2007 clockwork,

it's currently running raceface dues bar/stem/post, all of which i am happy with but the post has now got some major anodising wear so i bought a new raceface post as a replacement ready for when i get the frame repainted (original colours) so i have started looking for a new bar and stem aswel.

the reason for the new bar is that having got the Demon finished it has a wider bar which i now prefer so i thought i'd go wider on the clockwork, but that forces a stem change as they're all bloody 31.8 in the wider options!

but everything i see looks utter gash from raceface and not using raceface would then ruin my matching finishing kit theme.

so should i just do an easton or thomson etc bar/stem/post and not use/sell the new raceface post i bought?

i know it's a bit anal but i like stuff to match
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:13 am 
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My preference is Thomson, great feel. They now do a bar, seat clamp add to a stem and post would look great. Though your skewers would not match, but if your running Hope brakes ,you could get skewers to match


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:36 am 
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Check out Syntace. They do bars, stem and post in carbon or aluminium, easily the equal of, if not better than, Thomson in quality, but much more elegant.

http://www.syntace.com/index.cfm?pid=3


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:17 am 
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I've given up on matching components.
Having said that I am running a race face turbine stem and it is lovely (and light).
Easton bars everytime for me though.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:54 am 
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Not much bothered about matching, mostvpf my components are black anyway but I have spent hours agonising over which tyre to get.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:14 am 
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I used too, but it gets a bit much, could I have £1K in King headsets or the same in Thomson posts and stems? Now I tend to try to find things that match as well as primarily filling my requirements.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:24 am 
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Always use RaceFace bars and Hope stems. I don't mind as long as there is a smattering of RaceFace and Hope. Always have RF cranks and seem to go with Hope for stems, QRs, seatclamp and I like Thomson posts though my main ride has a Ritchey carbon jobbie. I try my damnedest to not use American components but sometimes needs must.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:43 pm 
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For the last few years I've been buying syncros gear (off eBay)
AM stems are nice and strong and you can get re-issue posts, kinda old school but modern quality.
check out salsa for bars. they still make wide bars in 25.4


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:44 pm 
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nope, can't do it! can't mix brands!! i'd happily buy salsa bars if they were going on a salsa!

i just like stuff to match as best as possible, so i suppose simplistically the question is:-

do i keep looking out for a raceface bar and stem combo that i actually like or do i just buy for example an easton bar/stem/post?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:55 pm 
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I had this learning curve recently. My Bfe inherited the bars stem I had on my Last play bike so the didnt match at all eventually opted for some Easton Havoc DH bars (750) and a 70mm Thomson. Looks a lot better than it did. Handles alright too.


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