I had never bought a carbon bar because the weight savings per dollar was relatively small and a legitimate concern on breakage vs bending in case of crash. Well, listing to Dave Rome on the Placeholders podcast and his information on reduced hand fatigue with a carbon bar had me try it. My hands would always go numb and Iï¿½d have to shake them out. No more with this bar. The vibration reduction on the road is huge. When installing them, I used Park fiber gripper paste under the clamps and just enough torque to secure it so that it doesnï¿½t shift. Huge huge improvement.
Love this handle bar. Very light and stable. Just be careful with the clamping force - the Easton EA90 is easy to get a secure fit and strong clamp that doesn't shake or rattle (use a torque wrench!). The bar did seem to help get a little road noise and smoothed the ride once I had the right tape. Used Zipp Service Course Tape and now rides amazingly - and of course my bike is lighter for it vs. stock Cannondale alloy handlbar (saved about 100 grams). No need to use gel grips with that tape and this bar.