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Handlebar suggestionsPaulCL
May 1, 2003 11:49 AM
For a 6'1" 185lb guy who torques a bar good on my area climbs. This is a cross post from the General board since no one answered my rambling post.

Campy Record 10spd components. Threaded stem. CF??? Aluminum?? Any specific recommendations?? Is there a standard bar diameter for threadless 1 1/8" stems??? I gotta admit I hesitate about it stronger than aluminum?? I don't need crazy light...the bike is light enough already. THanks.
re: Handlebar suggestionsrussw19
May 1, 2003 12:16 PM
Paul, I wrestled with this same question this winter when I built up my Pinarello. I am not the svelte 170 lbs 3% body fat sprinter I was 10 years ago. I am around 215 to 220 now. I am not hard on parts as I have good form and I keep an eye on my stuff, but still I didn't want to push the superlight envelope with my new parts.

Now, let me see if I got this straight, you are looking for advice on some nice high end parts (to match your Record 10 stuff) but don't want to go crazy light if it comes at the expense of strength, and you have a 1 1/8th steerer. Correct?

I ride a Deda Newton Stem. Super strong, super light, and stiff as a stem should be. I paired it to the Deda Magic bars. I ride the 31.8 clamp because it makes the bars that much stiffer. And I picked the Magic bar over the Newton and the 215 for 2 reasons. Strength - Deda claims the Magic is their stiffest and strongest bar. And shape. The Magic also has the deepest drop of Deda's anatomical shaped bars.

You don't need a threaded stem/steerer. I would say if you are worried about strength or getting the right stem height, go with a carbon fork with an alloy steerer. They are heavier, but stiffer. I think most people would be surprised by the amount of top pros who ride alloy steerer forks because of the strength. If you haven't found a new fork yet and are looking for one, you should look at the Time Millenium Stiff or Avant forks. Both are super strong, but not the lightest. Also when it comes out, the Reynolds Ouzo Peloton fork should be nice. It's like the Ouzo pro mixed with the Ouzo Aero. The legs are just a little more aero and thicker making the fork a bit stiffer and stronger.

But if you are looking for the balance between light and strong... I found my best results with a Newton Stem and Magic bar. Get some Stella Azzurra Pave' bar tape to take the buzz out of your bars that people say carbon bars get rid of. It's much cheaper this way too.

Hope that answers your questions... if not, let me know what I missed and I will try again.

May 1, 2003 6:24 PM
You were correct in your assumptions, Russ. I already have the stem - a 130mm quill stem. I don't need a new fork, so I'm sticking with my quill stem setup.

You're a bigger guy than what do you think of carbon fiber bars for us 'bigger' riders....I prefer "more muscular" vs "bigger" myself...but I digress. The CF is expensive, but is it as strong as aluminum and as safe is my question....and who cares what it looks like since its' under tape anyway! Is there better bars to buy for Campy equipped bikes since I will run the cables under the tape???

THanks. Paul
May 1, 2003 2:17 PM
Just about anything will work fine no days, if you're not concerned to much with weight. In my opinion, you shouldn't skimp on handlbars, unless you don't mind expensive dental bills. Try the ITM PRO 260s are light and stiff enough for the pros.
re: Handlebar suggestionswielerpret
May 8, 2003 6:08 AM
There are quite a lot of fine handlebars you can choose from. I love my beautiful Easton EC90 with its lovely angles. However, it is VERY expensive. With a Ritchey WCS stem I rode it for 10.000 kms loving both more and more. The 3ttt Prima 199 weighs a few grammes more but is MUCH more affordable. The ITM Milennium which the pros use, etc. The Deda Newton stem hasn't received much acclaim in the review pages of this site. Good luck. Luke. Amsterdam.