I'm a newb when it comes to carbon/composite components...so please bear with me.
I just took delivery of these brand new 2008 Easton Monkeybar XC bars. Last night I installed them and torqued them to spec (per my LBS...5-7 nm on the stem and 3-4 nm for the levers). I torqued the stem bolts to 5nm in the proper sequence and the levers to 3nm.
Take a look at these photos. It looks like some sort of crack underneath the top coat. But, upon further inspection it also looks similar to the seam on the top side of the bar. I've never ridden the bike with this bar and this is something I noticed after I wrapped up the install. Not sure if this was always there or if it developed after the install (I didn't closely inspect these bars prior to install).
Seam on the top of the bar:
Area of concern:
This area of concern spans the entire bar. Is this a crack or nothing to worry about?