What is the point of butted bars? Its seems like they would be weak.
Don’t be too quick to confuse lightweight with weak. There is a purpose to butting bars, and other tubes in parts like your cranks, forks and frame and if you have the extra money to spend, it is worth your hard earned cash. For years companies would make bars one thickness the entire way through, make it thick and it would be strong or make it thin and it would be light, but there was no option to vary the wall thickness (butting) to create a bar that was thick and strong where you needed it, and at the same time thin and light where the stresses of riding were reduced. This is exactly what todays butted bars provide, and the more butt’s in a tube (13, 15…) the lighter a bar will be and if done right, it should be just as strong as any straight gauge bar under normal riding conditions. The process has gotten so good, the most butted freestyle bars are actually lighter weight then many race bars ever were. So butting is a good thing, and if you have the cash, its a worthy investment from any credible brand.
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