On this one I used a titanium loop instead of a low friction aluminum ring. While the low friction ring is better than most production inserts, the coating still wore off fairly quickly in some spots, and the friction increased significantly once the aluminum was exposed. Titanium is harder & has a ~2.5 times lower coefficient of friction than aluminum, so should cause less wear.
You can get those handlebars in various designs on aliexpress.com. Search term is "carbon handlebar 9".
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@omg, I bent some 6mm titanium rod over the kitchen stove -- it's easy once it's glowing red. The shape is a bit flattened, and the two ends stick out so that I could wrap the carbon around them (and not through the loop itself).
But for a while now I've been thinking of getting a custom bar made.
Shits me that I have to have 3 bar sizes for best results.
And I'm a hater on all those wanker adjustable bars. Overdrive etc is just more moving parts and more problems, and the other style doesn't achieve much. Works great for kites 10-12m, but nothing seems to do the job from 8m-17m.
My idea is to turn the bar centre into a clamp. A bit like a head steam on a bicycle.
A good stainless it titanium hex bolt should do the trick.
Same deal with the bar ends.
One quality hex bolt should be plenty.
-unscrew centre clamp.
- remove bar
-insert longer/shorter bar and tighten.
- unscrew bar ends
- attach back to bar.
Dunno about you guys, but if it cost me an extra $150 for a bar that could easily do my entire quiver, I'd jump at it.
The only down side is line lengths between kites, but easily accommodated by having the bar set with 21m lines, then keeping variable line extensions on the kite.