Bending pro-tapers?

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  • hi everybody

Posted December 24, 2007 - 06:34 PM


so the other day I was jumping a buddys triple...and missed a shift on the face, so I hit the eject button. my bike nose dived into the second jump, and when I got back up and got my bike back up, the bars were tweaked big time, and my clutch lever snapped.

now...when I rode it back to the truck it felt very off...but It looks like my bar mounts arnt twisted. Ive never bent a pair of pro tapers..and was just wondering if something like this would have done it, or if my forks/clamps and stuff could be bent too? it wasnt a very high speed bail, just came down from about 10 feet?

I loosened up the clamp and bar mount bolts...and Havn't lined and tightened stuff back up yet.

  • ThumperKid250F

Posted December 24, 2007 - 07:00 PM


maybe you bent them maybe not but check if your front wheel is straight with the fender cuz that will throw it off big time too

  • Slinkyman16

Posted December 24, 2007 - 07:53 PM


this could bend a set.. i bent a set one time laying it down going into a corner at around 10-15mph. pro-tapers are strong but wont withstand everything. how old are you bars?

  • hi everybody

Posted December 24, 2007 - 09:37 PM


Not very old...I think I bought them In may.

  • almostinvincible119

Posted December 25, 2007 - 06:21 AM


i tweaked my stock ones when some wind knocked my bike off in the pits. i will NEVER buy pro tapers agian. ever since they dropped easton and stopped making them in the US, the quality is horrible.

  • ThumperKid250F

Posted December 25, 2007 - 12:09 PM


i love my protapers, i also have bent a couple pairs but those were some hard crashes were i was lucky just to bend my bars

  • nap__kxf

Posted December 26, 2007 - 05:57 AM


i bent a pair of renthal twinwalls on my kx a while back so i can imange you can bend any bar...


Posted December 26, 2007 - 06:20 AM


i tweaked my stock ones when some wind knocked my bike off in the pits. i will NEVER buy pro tapers agian. ever since they dropped easton and stopped making them in the US, the quality is horrible.

strange , i have a heavy DRZ and i hit the deck on the exit of a fast turn after i clipped a pine log which was hidden in the bush . i was moving at the time and i went straight into the ground and did not slide at all . when i picked my bike up was stunned to find that the bars were like still like new . these are pro taper 7/8 bars .

  • hi everybody

Posted December 26, 2007 - 11:10 AM


I checked everything out...the left bar is definetely bent, but my freakin triple clamps shifted too!! they did like a scissor I have everything straightened back out. and I have my stock bars on, since I switched em out, and kept the stocks as spares.

how are the twinwalls compared to pro taper contours?

  • stillsun

Posted December 26, 2007 - 12:24 PM


I've bent different sets of bars, nothing is indestructible.... but as far as crash for crash my Easton ProTaper's seem to hold up the longest.

Sometimes what you think is a hard crash, isn't hard on the handlebars and what might be a light get off could be setting the bars up just right for disaster.


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  • gbalias

Posted December 26, 2007 - 03:48 PM



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  • stillsun

Posted December 26, 2007 - 04:40 PM



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Let's not use their third line of bars as comparison, I'd say that anyone's third line of bars aren't going to be "impossible" to bend by any means.

  • gbalias

Posted December 26, 2007 - 05:43 PM


3rd line, 5th line, 1st line......

they all bend.

they have to stay in business.

  • stillsun

Posted December 26, 2007 - 05:45 PM


My point exactly, they ALL bend, meaning ALL brands, and ALL lines... so shaking your finger to them was pointless.

Get it?

  • gbalias

Posted December 26, 2007 - 06:43 PM


ah Xmas scrutineers....hehehe


Fly ------------> :D

i generally will double or triple up a coat hanger, duct tape it to my triple clamp and use that. when it bends, you can just bend it back on the trail! :busted:

seriously though...just to clarify, the ONLY reason i posted that is because a LOT of people think just cause it says protaper, means its indestructible. wasnt ever intended to rub the wrong way. :banghead: i also assume you use protapers. .... as do i. so in reality, i think i can shake a finger when i please.


Posted December 26, 2007 - 09:42 PM


you certainly can ... anyway , how did you manage to mangle them there pro tapers ?

what about a new thread '' show us whats left of your bars ''

  • mikedabike

Posted December 26, 2007 - 09:58 PM


3rd line, 5th line, 1st line......

they all bend.

they have to stay in business.

I have a pair of original Pro-Tapers from ~1990. They are virtually indestructable. The newer "budget" ones don't seem to hold up as well.

  • yamahacrazy_310

Posted December 27, 2007 - 02:39 AM


If you guys look at my avatar that was the crash I bent my pro tapers on. And that was the only time I have ever bent pro tapers.

  • grayracer513

Posted December 27, 2007 - 06:46 AM


Bars are weird. I bent a pair of Tag X5's (7/8 w/cross bar) once on my CR500 in a stupid little over-rotated, leaned over wheelie step-off thing at low speed (it took 4 of us and a 4 foot pipe to bend it back) and then I went down hard at 45-50 in the whoops at Ocotillo Wells with another pair of X5's, broke both arms, and didn't bend any part of the bike.:banghead:

  • ktmbigfan

Posted December 27, 2007 - 08:57 AM


Bars are weird. I've bent them with stupid little layovers and then had great
crashes and not bent them this is with all brands. I still think protapers are
tough bars and really don't have any complaints about the stock protapers
on my yZ.

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