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    Any advantage to handlebar/stem combo

    Is there any advantage to buying a handlebar/stem combo like the one offered in the link by FSA? I tried a set with the flat top area and kinda liked it. So..I have been looking.

    http://www.fullspeedahead.com/produc...pact-handlebar

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    Ajost

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    'brifter' is a lame word.
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    they're great if the combined stem length, bar reach, and the angle of the flat top of the bar/angle of the drops is exactly right for you. otherwise, it's obviously a waste of money.if you crash on one, they're pretty spendy to replace. i've never been intrigued enough to try one, and i get pretty good pricing working in the industry.
    i work for some bike racers...
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    oh, those belong in another forum

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    They are supposedly stiffer than a traditional separate cockpit.
    Dirt is good for the soul

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    I have the plasmas and love them. Makes the whole front end feel unibody-ish. (I know full well this is probably all in my head). BTW, I got the plasma replicas from alibaba.

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