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Old 07-29-21, 09:22 AM
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Are these safe to ride?

Got some new carbon bars and theres a very very (barely feelable, probably about 0.1-0.4mm) small scratch/chip whatever. It might just be a paint scratch, but from the photos attatched would you say they are safe to ride?


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Old 07-29-21, 09:39 AM
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If those are new I would return them.
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Old 07-29-21, 09:56 AM
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If those are new I would return them.
Ordered them a while ago through an ebay parts vendor that doesnt publicly accept returns so wouldnt be too easy but would you say that is dangerous to ride? If so I'll get some new bars or see what I can get done with the seller but if its safe to ride then I'll keep.
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Old 07-29-21, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by amokeu View Post
Ordered them a while ago through an ebay parts vendor that doesnt publicly accept returns so wouldnt be too easy but would you say that is dangerous to ride? If so I'll get some new bars or see what I can get done with the seller but if its safe to ride then I'll keep.
The doesn't take returns bit is BS as you could go through buyer protection to get a refund, if the item is received damaged, they should replace/resolve. However, you said you ordered them a while back (and would take it you got them a while back) saying that they are now damaged is difficult, due to the time past since purchase, and suspect the chances of getting a refund are minimal in this case due to the age discrepancy.

For the bars, are they safe to ride, probably, but at the same time, for the cost of them, would just replace, as it's not worth finding out if they are going to fail, and check for any damage next time when you receive them!
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Old 07-29-21, 11:38 AM
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The bars appear to be a Chinese knockoff and are suspect at best. I suggest placing the bars in a stationary vise that would allow load testing, an old stem and a bench vise would be perfect, and shock load the bar to help determine if they are suitable for your planned use. I couldn’t find any standards that would provide any loading specifications so its a wild guess at best. I admit that I have not tried this but would if I wanted to use the bars.
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Old 07-29-21, 01:15 PM
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I'd ride it. I'd just go careful right at first, until confident the damage is superficial. Watch the damaged area and see if it changes over time. If you hear it clicking or popping, stop immediately and condemn that bar.
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Originally Posted by N2deep View Post
The bars appear to be a Chinese knockoff and are suspect at best. I suggest placing the bars in a stationary vise that would allow load testing, an old stem and a bench vise would be perfect, and shock load the bar to help determine if they are suitable for your planned use. I couldn’t find any standards that would provide any loading specifications so its a wild guess at best. I admit that I have not tried this but would if I wanted to use the bars.
Could you tell me please what makes you think its a Chinese knockoff? Is it a brand you aren't familiar with or is it something about this particular bar? Thanks
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Old 07-29-21, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
The doesn't take returns bit is BS as you could go through buyer protection to get a refund, if the item is received damaged, they should replace/resolve. However, you said you ordered them a while back (and would take it you got them a while back) saying that they are now damaged is difficult, due to the time past since purchase, and suspect the chances of getting a refund are minimal in this case due to the age discrepancy.

For the bars, are they safe to ride, probably, but at the same time, for the cost of them, would just replace, as it's not worth finding out if they are going to fail, and check for any damage next time when you receive them!
Thanks, luckily it was within the month (just) so I'm going to try go through eBay's money back guarantee, if the seller can't offer anything to help, but we'll see.
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Old 07-29-21, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
I'd ride it. I'd just go careful right at first, until confident the damage is superficial. Watch the damaged area and see if it changes over time. If you hear it clicking or popping, stop immediately and condemn that bar.
Cheers, I'll try get it refunded/exchanged but if I can't, I'm not riding ridiculously hard really so I'll just try see how its looking.
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Old 07-29-21, 03:47 PM
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The bars appear to be a Chinese knockoff and are suspect at best.
Yeah, no. Funn has been in business for years and they sponsor several pro downhill and enduro racers and teams. They make pedals, stems, bars, dropper posts, etc.
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Old 07-29-21, 03:55 PM
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Yeah, no. Funn has been in business for years and they sponsor several pro downhill and enduro racers and teams. They make pedals, stems, bars, dropper posts, etc.
Exactly what I was thinking, dont know if he just didnt know funn or for some reason thought they were fake funn bars.
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Old 07-29-21, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by amokeu View Post
Exactly what I was thinking, dont know if he just didnt know funn or for some reason thought they were fake funn bars.
Nothing suspect about it that I can see. Looks just like a stock Black Ace bar.


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Old 07-29-21, 04:49 PM
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Ride it. It looks like the paint is scraped away but there isn't damage to the fibers in the composite matrix.
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Old 07-29-21, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
Yeah, no. Funn has been in business for years and they sponsor several pro downhill and enduro racers and teams. They make pedals, stems, bars, dropper posts, etc.
OK, they appear to be a real manufacturer.
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