Posted by: JBV
guys, you're over thinking it. you have to feel it. i got an idea. why don't some of you Vancouverites buy 5 of the top rated carbonium bars on the market, do an indepth test, like that blond Brit guy on Bikeradar, and let us all know which one feels best.
A few years ago I bought one and it got nearly 2" of vertical compliance under me. It was super sketchy to ride. I sent it back to the manufacturer who said it was perfectly within tolerance, for a 170lb rider (not that the packaging said a word about that). They tried to gaslight me. Told me I wasn't experiencing what I was experiencing. That it just wasn't possible. Luckily I had video. They sent me a fresh one which I sold to someone in the correct weight range.
Then I bought a SixC, which is really stiff but just compliant enough under me to be effective. If the first manufacturer had been straight up about their products' design it would have saved everyone a look of headache.
Bars are often labelled with intended use (Next vs Turbine vs Atlas). Why can't they be labelled with an ideal weight range?