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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:26 am 
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Morning all,

What are the advantages/disadvantages of running a 31.8 stem/bar setup?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:28 am 
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uglier. heavier. more stem/ bar choice these days. stiffer i presume.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:29 am 
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Wu-Tangled wrote:
uglier. heavier. more stem/ bar choice these days. stiffer i presume.


Oh so true :( But in the case of the USE bar. The carbon weave looks sexy


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Not sure about heavier, Thomson X4 is lighter than X2 and monkeylite 31.8's are 150g

but thats only what ive read


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:46 am 
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oaep7 wrote:
Not sure about heavier, Thomson X4 is lighter than X2 and monkeylite 31.8's are 150g

but thats only what ive read


true, but x2's and x4's are a different design. would imagine the same design to be heavier (marginally) as with bars as there's more material.

marginal anyway i'd imagine.

personally i think it's uglier. everything's getting supersized on bikes. looks daft on my cx bike with it's skinny steel tubes. :roll:

Tintin's right though, the USE weave is nice. :D


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performance wise though - any advantages?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:56 am 
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no idea what actual advantages are. probably stiffer.


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I had both size USE on two Trimble frames. The OS was stiffer. And look better with the fat frame. was 15grams heavier


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Potentially going on a Pace RC305, so reckon it should suit it aesthetically


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They are a bit stiffer and do look daft on skinny tubed bikes.

Main advantage is the increased clamp area of the stem reducing the crush risk, particularly on carbon bars.


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