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#1 2007-02-03 2:25am

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CW handlebars

Are CW handlebars marked with CW? if not how can you tell if they are real?

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#2 2007-02-03 2:30am

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Re: CW handlebars

Damn good question bud! got a set of bars here i dunno if they CW or not.


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#3 2007-02-03 7:26am

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Re: CW handlebars

bg said that cw bars used cross hatches for the stem knurl (XXXXXXXXXXX) in a post the other day.  not sure if that applies to all cw bars, or certain years/models.  either of yours have that?

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#4 2007-02-03 7:31am

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Re: CW handlebars

You would think that a high-end company like CW would have stamped thier bars with thier logo back in the day.I think all companies should do that.

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#5 2007-02-03 8:14am

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Re: CW handlebars

i have owned 2 sets of NOS CW bars... on was the freestyle with the twin top tube... and the otherset was the pro race bars... neither pair had stamps on them they had their original decals.... other than decals to indicate if they are actually CW im not sure mabye you can tell by measurements??


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#6 2007-02-03 10:48am

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Re: CW handlebars

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX cross hatching/knurling! The only way to tell, well that and the original stickers(like Caleb said) and the measurements. The top bar pictured is a nos CW early 80's cruiser bars, the bottom is a late 80's freestyle bar.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/BGJG06/Ebay07269.jpg


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#7 2007-02-03 10:49am

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Re: CW handlebars

i have two or three sets of could be CW's.With so many copies,who knows?the cross hatch knurling would be right,and also the sweep,but ther's also different sizes in the mix.[expert,pro]if the bars are chrome,sometimes you can still see a shadow of the round decal,anybody know if they ever used a square decal in the later part of the 80's?I've got some that I think are CW,with a square shadow,but in the right location.for all I know,they could be Wald!All in all if they're cromo and the welds look high qual,I say use 'em!


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#8 2007-02-03 11:25am

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Re: CW handlebars

here's a pic of a real set of CW (bottom) bars, and a set of fake CW (top) bars. Notice the knurling, and also the bottom one is smashed. It is not rare to find a set of real CW bars that are smashed, the tubing thet used was very thin. This is another way of telling early CW bars, very light w/ thin tubing. Also as Kai mentioned the bends are slightly different, also the real CW bars are a little longer than the fakes.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/BGJG06/Ebay07272.jpg
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/BGJG06/Ebay07274.jpg


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#9 2007-02-03 3:53pm

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Re: CW handlebars

great knowledge here - i too have a set of these bars, now clearly identified as fakes... still good bars, but nice to know what they are.  thanks.

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#10 2007-02-03 5:27pm

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Re: CW handlebars

LOL thanks guys i'm the same i have a genuine pair of imitation CW bars big_smile


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#11 2007-02-03 6:49pm

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Re: CW handlebars

hey bg, what about the freestyle bars with the double top tube?  do they have the same XXXXXXXXX

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#12 2007-02-03 7:26pm

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Re: CW handlebars

great post I love CW!!!


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#13 2007-02-04 5:36am

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Re: CW handlebars

Skinny, the first pic (bottom bar)is actually of a late late 85-86 cali freestyle bar. The ones your talking about w/ the double cross bars. The only CW bars that I have seen that don't have the knurling is on the overseas stuff, like on 87-up flyers, shakers, and nopeds. There was also some CW/Revcore bars in the late 80's that wasn't knurled(2200 runner).


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#14 2007-02-04 6:03am

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Re: CW handlebars

I got suckered into buying CW "style" bars on eBay... Now I look for "style" in eBay listings. It should say "rip-off" "fake" or "copy"!

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#15 2007-02-04 10:07am

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Re: CW handlebars

Yea Matt,I got a set of those,too when I first started building my first ride.My head was clouded from many years of being out of the game.[like about 20].anyway they have straight line knurling and not enough sweep,right?They are ok for a low to mid level build,but if your using a Tufneck and all the good stuff,they simply won't do!


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#16 2007-02-04 11:13am

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Re: CW handlebars

thanks bg, i sold a set a while back.  the guy asked if they were real or not.  i said i didn't know.  he bought them anyway.  if i can find his contact info, i'll let him know the bad news sad

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#17 2007-02-04 2:35pm

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Re: CW handlebars

I got some Cw look alike bars,they dont have the knurled,but on the right hand side on bars,where the grips would go,IT has this stamped,20BT     680%        ,then under that has HL   84    K                     ,and dont have a percentage symbol,just looks like that type of symbol,except has m/n ,stamped small like a percentange symbol,Anyone eles look alikes have that too?or are these tawain?Thanks

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#18 2007-02-04 9:08pm

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Re: CW handlebars

????????no clue??????????


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#19 2014-02-26 5:14pm

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Re: CW handlebars

schwinn and diamondback had cw style bars also but they had straight knurling.


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#20 2014-02-26 5:53pm

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Re: CW handlebars

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#21 2019-02-28 12:30am

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Re: CW handlebars

Are these still hard to find ?!

I went to check out a Dyno Sonic France (which I bought off the guy) and I asked if he had anything else and he came back with these !!!! I pee’d my pants a little bit.

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#22 2019-04-30 6:29pm

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Re: CW handlebars

I have a set of unknurled cw pro bars, super lite bad ass welds.
Maybe vdc made?
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/24376/23086cce-2ef8-4af3-90b8-2e415a52541d5cc8f68c29.jpeg


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#23 2019-04-30 6:39pm

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Re: CW handlebars

spudboy wrote:

I have a set of unknurled cw pro bars, super lite bad ass welds.
Maybe vdc made?
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … 68c29.jpeg

Wow. Never saw that before. I tend to agree with your suspicion.


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#24 2019-04-30 6:59pm

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Re: CW handlebars

Kai wrote:

i have two or three sets of could be CW's.With so many copies,who knows?the cross hatch knurling would be right,and also the sweep,but ther's also different sizes in the mix.[expert,pro]if the bars are chrome,sometimes you can still see a shadow of the round decal,anybody know if they ever used a square decal in the later part of the 80's?I've got some that I think are CW,with a square shadow,but in the right location.for all I know,they could be Wald!All in all if they're cromo and the welds look high qual,I say use 'em!

Wald resistance welded its bars. I used to think it was a really crappy MIG weld, but I considered further and the tall narrow bead is probably from the bars being mashed together.


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#25 2019-04-30 7:08pm

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Re: CW handlebars

Crashman wrote:

Kai wrote:

i have two or three sets of could be CW's.With so many copies,who knows?the cross hatch knurling would be right,and also the sweep,but ther's also different sizes in the mix.[expert,pro]if the bars are chrome,sometimes you can still see a shadow of the round decal,anybody know if they ever used a square decal in the later part of the 80's?I've got some that I think are CW,with a square shadow,but in the right location.for all I know,they could be Wald!All in all if they're cromo and the welds look high qual,I say use 'em!

Wald resistance welded its bars. I used to think it was a really crappy MIG weld, but I considered further and the tall narrow bead is probably from the bars being mashed together.

Yeah,i ended up with a set of Wald freestyle bars that were attached to  A complete bike I got,in the intervening years since I posted that.Twelve years is a long minute.lol. but yeah,i know those funky welds.


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