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canoas
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Deda Handlebars

Postby canoas » Sat Aug 10, 2013 21:35 pm

Deda say in their instruction booklet..

"The strength characteristics of the handlebar stem and the handlebars deteriorate
naturally depending on actual use (competitive cycling, frequency of use etc.);
Deda Elementi recommend replacement after each competitive season and,
for those not involved in competitive cycling, every 2 to 4 years depending on frequency of use"

I've had my handlebars/stem for 2 years cycled about 18,000kms, I cannot see any damage when removing the bolts for re-greasing though I haven't taken the original bar tape off yet. (Zero 100) Should I really need to replace the handlebars/stem as Deda say?
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night_porter
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Re: Deda Handlebars

Postby night_porter » Sat Aug 10, 2013 21:52 pm

No this is just marketing to make you buy new ones

keef66
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Re: Deda Handlebars

Postby keef66 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 08:22 am

They are just covering their @rses in case someone tries to sue them after an accident.

My original Deda bars are still in as new condition after 6 years, and I've just bought another set for the winter bike. As a youth my original 10 speed racer had thin alloy bars clamped by a single bolt in quill stem. They were still going strong after 10 years and they did get a lot of heaving (standard chainset / 5 speed block / Yorkshire Dales)

I noticed when I was building up my CR1-SL that Scott use similarly worded statements about their carbon frames and forks :shock: I'm not planning to replace that after 3 years.

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Re: Deda Handlebars

Postby racingcondor » Mon Aug 12, 2013 14:57 pm

I'm pretty sure that's a recommendation written by the legal department using the 'if a racer type tinkers with the stem/bar alignment and crashes a couple of times how long until he causes enough stress fractures that it could lead to failure. Halve it and recommend'.

For normal use it's not a huge issue as demonstrated by the 2-4 year recommendation for more casual users. Wish I hadn't read this though, mine are way older and fall into the raced and meddled with category... :lol:

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Re: Deda Handlebars

Postby canoas » Sun Aug 25, 2013 13:54 pm

Well, I'm going to leave my handlebars/stem as is. Today as usual after a long ride I put pressure on the handlebars to check for any movement, tightened the stem big bolt ever so slighty (1st time in about 8 rides!). I always trust Deda, have for years, I think the make the best alu stems and handlebars around with good fits. I'm still old school to trust carbon handlebars/stem yet, but I generally don't reaplce handlebars/stem unless its a new bike.

A point further above, I think after summer I'm going to replace bar tape and check for corrosion and cracks. Good idea. You know, I was thinking stem & handlebars are the most important components to check on a regular basis along with frame cracks/brakes, especially down big alpine decents they must be in good order.
Colnago C59 2011 with Super Record
Tommasini Rapido 2006 with Campagnolo Mirage/Centaur
Ridley X-Fire 2010 with Shimano Ultegra
hunting 1970's/1980's complete Campagnolo Tool set/box 8)


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