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Anatomic or classic (round) bend barsJefferson
Jun 19, 2002 2:12 PM
I can't decide between anatomic or round/classic bend road bars. I currently have 3TTT Forma SL anatomic bars. I am not too happy with the bend when I ride in the drops. I see Lance and other top European riders using classic shaped bars. Any feedback or suggestions? I live over 100 miles from the nearest bike shop so I rely on mail order. I wish I could just drop into the local shop and feel bars on built bikes but that is not a option.
Some thoughtsNessism
Jun 19, 2002 6:14 PM
Just wanted to mention that most round drop bars have a longer reach than the anatomic bend of the same brand. This can be good or bad depending on what you are looking for. Just to give you an idea, the 3T Merckx bend has almost 2 cm more reach than the Forma SL that you currently use.

As for round bars, there aren't many options these days since they are not very popular here in the states. Deda makes some round bends along with the Merckx bend 3T's. Not sure about others.

One of my favorite bars are the old Scott LF's. The last generation of these used butted 7075 Al with a nice shot peened finish. The round shallow drop is a very nice combo of reach and drop. Too bad they are no longer available.

Good luck in your search.

Another viewboneman
Jun 20, 2002 12:47 AM
Nessism raises some good points. For 25+ years I road Cinelli 66 bars, traditional bend but deep drop. Upon getting my first bike with an ahead set up I switched to anatomics. First TTT Prima 220, then ITM Pro 260 and then lastly, Cinelli Nerve's. All were anatomic and all have different bends. My biggest issue with the TTT's was that the flat part of the drops was very short. For the ITM, the flat part was fine but the drop was too much. The Nerves were a bit in between but ultimately, I never was really happy with any of them.

I ride about 50/50 between the brake hoods and in the drops. Also, I have small hands, size 7 to be exact.

I have returned to road bend bars and now have all 3 of my bikes in the UK equipped with ITM Pro 260 in the traditional bend. Their shape and drop are about the same as the old Cinelli 64.

The drop is less than the other anatomic bars I mentioned, the reach is no greater and is smaller in some respects. I have both DA and Record setups. I know the measurements of the bars mentioned but for me, in real use, the measurements don't tell the story or concur with Nessims comment regarding their greater reach.

As for availability. Cinelli still makes traditional bend bars with a 26.0 clamp size despite not having been on their website for some time. TTT also makes road bend bars and this includes the Prima series. The website may not say it and US catalogs don't always list them but they can be found. Deda makes road bend in both shallow and deep drop and of course, ITM and Ritchey make traditional bend bars. My guess is that the Ritchey and TTT are most easily found in the States. Some of the CF bars are also available in traditional bend if that's what you need.

Good luck and give them a try.
One more thoughtNessism
Jun 20, 2002 4:03 AM
Most bikes are set up so the bottom of the lever is level with the bottom of the handlebar drop. If the bars use a shallow drop, the lever may well be clamped to a portion of the bar that is higher up the bend and not the point of greatest reach. In a case like this, the measurement may fool you. That said, deep drop round bars always have more reach than a similar drop anatomic bar. In some cases the difference is dramatic. For reasons such as this, it's always best to try the bars first to see how you like them.

Good luck.

Depends...Andy M-S
Jun 20, 2002 10:46 AM
On what you like.

You may want to pick up a set of relatively cheap roundies and decide whether or not you like the shape in your hands.

Then bite the bullet and make the change and see if you like it. If not, at least you have an excuse to rewrap your bars!

I rode for many years with classic bars, then didn't ride for about 10 years. When I got back into riding five years ago, of course I went with anatomic bars.

But earlier this year, I switched back to roundies--Profile shallow drops. And I like them. Why I like them I'm not entirely certain I can say, but I do, and I think they're going to be sticking around for a while...