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    Unhappy Snapped my Zipp SLC2 handlebars

    Today I had a small accident in a group ride. I touched wheels with the guy infront of me who was suddenly slowed by the group of weak riders who couldn't handle a small incline.

    I tipped over and landed on my Zipp SLC2 handlebar. When I looked at my bike I thought I had just bent in the shifter, but when I touched the handlebar I realized it was detached!

    I just bought these handlebars three months ago They sure snap easy.
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    Last edited by Kenacycle; 08-02-2008 at 03:03 PM.

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    eh. here it comes... the carbon haterz!

    could those have been counterfeit? Didn't zipp run some kind of article on counterfeit bars in the market?

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    I don't think they are counterfeit. I bought them from Universal Cycles for full retail price http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1679

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    Wow that sucks! I'm running a Zipp SL bar, next time I crash I'll try and make sure I don't land on them. They state good strength test results on these bars obviously that doesn't relate to real world conditions.
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    You crashed and something broke -- be glad it wasn't you! At least they broke on the spot instead of a week later "out of the blue".

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    I've had my Zipp SL bars for almost three years and still working fine. They did survive a minor crash last year that damaged the bar tape.
    For my next trick I will now set myself on fire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjcoogan
    Wow that sucks! I'm running a Zipp SL bar, next time I crash I'll try and make sure I don't land on them. They state good strength test results on these bars obviously that doesn't relate to real world conditions.

    I dont think anyone tests for tipping over your bike and landing on your handlebars.

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    Next time, buy two of them, so that when you crash, you can change them that same day.

    PS. Next time, pay attention to what's going on in front of you.
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    Ouch. Bet it's even more painful to the wallet.
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    Ahhh hell, I'll be the first

    Been riding bikes since the 70's, never ever broke a handlebar. 'Course I never use carbon bars. Coincidence? Correlation? Just askin'.......

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    That's the price to pay for opting for an uber-light bar. Seriously, is saving 50 grams really worth the premium of an extra $250 over a more standard bar? Light stuff breaks - if you're not prepared to replace it then buy better suited gear for everyday riding.

    Re carbon/aluminum, I've broken aluminum stems before. I'm riding an ec70 wing bar (carbon) crashed twice this year in crits - it's survived fine. The stems have been stuff like Ritchey's light WCS ones-- again, it's not so much the material as it is components pushing lightness too far.

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    Actually part reason I bought the Zipp was because I like their bend shape.

    Anyway, Zipp emailed me back about my crash:

    "Sorry to hear of your misfortune.


    Here is a comment from our lead test engineer.


    A slow-speed crash tends to be most hazardous for components and rider
    as more of the impact is directed perpendicular to the longitudinal axis
    of the bicycle. The failure mode of a carbon fiber structure is
    drastically different from an aluminum one, as carbon fiber is a brittle
    material and hence fails in the manner depicted here, while an aluminum
    part will yield until it deforms plastically and eventually breaks.
    Contrary to what many people on internet forums seem to believe, by the
    time you fail a carbon fiber handlebar in this manner, you will have
    plastically deformed an aluminum bar. While the aluminum bar may remain
    intact it is no more ridable than the bar shown here, as it will have
    yielded to the degree that complete failure is inevitable."

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    I'm not going to bag on CF handlebars, but if you were using aluminum bars, you wouldn't have just wasted $341.

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    They've got a point- an aluminum bar would have been pretty ufcked up in the same situation. It's all about how you hit it (not k0de)


    //though it is cheaper to replace a wreck alum. bar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrogant Roadie Prick
    Been riding bikes since the 70's, never ever broke a handlebar. 'Course I never use carbon bars. Coincidence? Correlation? Just askin'.......
    Nuts! I've broken 2 sets of bars... BOTH aluminum. Crap!

    Maybe I should start riding carbon...


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    Kudos to Zipp for contacting you with concern and providing a response.

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    I'm not debating carbon vs. aluminum, but at ~$110/month- I don't think many can argue about the importance of putting your money in parts that aren't the most likely to break. Then again, I also think that Zipp parts are some of the most over rated bits out there.

    I guess that $341 dollars has to go somewhere. It must be in emails that tell you that it isn't Zipp's fault, you crashed, and that light parts will break.


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    I'd count myself lucky if nothing else is broken, scratched, or damaged. Handlebars are easy to replace--- compared to a frame, or collarbone.

    I cannot tell from looking, but did it break where the clamp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by filtersweep
    I'd count myself lucky if nothing else is broken, scratched, or damaged. Handlebars are easy to replace--- compared to a frame, or collarbone.

    I cannot tell from looking, but did it break where the clamp?


    No it broke on the bend
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    JB Weld will fix that right up...

    Looking at your bike, $341 must be pocket change. Time to upgrade to $600 bars!

    For me it's just another reason not to ride in large groups.
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    Does Zipp have a crash replacement program? Seems like if helmets & carbon frames have them... maybe Zipp offers them for bars, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarvinK
    Does Zipp have a crash replacement program? Seems like if helmets & carbon frames have them... maybe Zipp offers them for bars, too?

    Yes they do. I get 30% off retail price for a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdub
    Today I had a small accident in a group ride. I touched wheels with the guy infront of me who was suddenly slowed by the group of weak riders who couldn't handle a small incline.

    I tipped over and landed on my Zipp SLC2 handlebar. When I looked at my bike I thought I had just bent in the shifter, but when I touched the handlebar I realized it was detached!

    I just bought these handlebars three months ago They sure snap easy.
    I had to order another one... there goes $341
    A couple of years ago, a local racer crashed in a crit, broke his aluminum handlebars, and the jagged edges put a 4 inch gas in his thigh. Really nasty. At least carbon isn't quite so much of a threat when it breaks.
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