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Muirenn2010-12-11 23:42:57 +0000 #1
I need to change out my drop-bars for something with a smaller 'drop.' I need a medium in that area, the bars that came with my bike are kind of odd. Almost like cyclocross bars, I've been told.

Any suggestions for a nice set? Don't want to spend too much.
indysteel2010-12-11 23:49:55 +0000 #2
A few preliminary questions: What width do you need and how are you measuring that (center to center or end to end)? What diameter (oversized)? Carbon or AL? Classic bend or ergo?
indysteel2010-12-12 00:27:21 +0000 #3
I'd add that in building up my Moots, I found selecting the bars to be the most challenging part. It's highly personal and is similar to saddles in that regard. Add to that the fact that some bars work better with certain hoods (I use Campy) plus the fact that fewer companies make narrow bars that are readily available, and I got pretty frustrated. I ended up getting the FSA Compact Wing Pros in a 38 because I wanted a classic, non ergo, bend. I liked them alright, but I ended up swapping them out for identical bars to what's on my Bianchi. They're made by Deda, but I can't remember the style off the top of my head. I couldn't find them new anywhere at the time and ultimately bought them from another TEer. They're about as narrow as they come.

If you have a fitter, you might see if they have any bars you can just try as part of the fit process.
Becky2010-12-12 00:02:57 +0000 #4
My current favorite are the Ritchey Biomax bars- short reach and shallow drop with a slight flare at the ends.

I have noticed that my bar choice really seems to be dictated by the bike that it's installed on. The Ritchey Biomax works great on my agressive carbon bike, but I prefer something with deeper reach and drop on my 'cross/commuter bike.

What bar are you running now, and what do you like/dislike about it?
Muirenn2010-12-12 00:35:27 +0000 #5
Thanks Indy.

The bars ar 40's. I had a mini-fitting. He recommended smaller drops, but I don't have the numbers for the rest of the dimensions. How do you measure diameter when the bars are covered with tape?

I know if I asked, he'd order what was needed, but I want to find them cheaper online. Maybe I should just go ahead and pay whatever it costs?

Here is the bike. Bars and hoods are the same as what is pictured. The specs aren't very revealing. )

Sounds more complicated than I though
Muirenn2010-12-12 00:26:09 +0000 #6
Thanks Becky. The drop is too low. Not only does that force me to drop too low, but the horizontal grab area is a little too far from the brakes to reach easily.

They are ITM Elle's according to the Cannondale Website.

Really never have thought about bars before. Except the width. And I believe 40 is good for me. I'm definitely broad-shouldered enough.
pll2010-12-12 01:57:20 +0000 #7
And what's the current drop?

Specialized has a couple of bars with a 132mm drop: , and Salsa has a bar with a 140mm drop: . I have an old version of the Specialized. You also need to pay attention to the clamp size (31.8 mm or 26mm), else you need to change the stem to have the appropriate clamp size... and it can go on.
Muirenn2010-12-12 00:38:51 +0000 #8
Do I measure the drop from very top to very bottom?



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