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If you could pick any handlebar, what would you get?(7 posts)

If you could pick any handlebar, what would you get?The Flash
Jul 25, 2003 5:51 PM
Fellow RBR'ers...

Finally ditched my Tri setup and am becoming a roadie again, but I'm now faced with a dilemma. I have become so used to my cowhorns and the room and comfort the provided, that I am having a hard time finding a good handlebar! I am currently riding a Ritchy Pro Anatomic, and am considering a Easton EC90 as the bend to the hoods was comfy. I'm a clydesdale type, so I need a beefy bar. Any ideas on what bar I should look at?

re: If you could pick any handlebar, what would you get?russw19
Jul 25, 2003 6:07 PM
If it means anything to you, the most popular bar in the european pro peleton right now is the Deda Magic. It's fairly light, but stiff and stong as all heck. If you are going to use an oversized bar/stem combo I would recomend it. It comes in traditional round bend, or anatomic in shallow and deep drop. It's a nice bar and sells for around $60 which is reasonable. It's not the lightest on the market, but one of the strongest.

The EC90 is a good choice....theweasonator
Jul 25, 2003 7:48 PM
I put one one my C'dale to replace aging Modolo back in the spring. I can tell a big difference in just the bars in how much chatter it takes out. From a hand position position, it does give you more variety with the extra bend. The only vice I have is the hood reach is longer than the Modolo bar and I had to get a shorter stem. This made me feel too stretched out. Once I got a new stem and got properly dialed in, I love'm. Plus, they are really light (195 for 42cm) and are definitely bling bling.
Try a Ritchie WCS.......davet
Jul 25, 2003 7:49 PM
...they are wider across the tops than the Pros so give you more places to put your hands. I use them on all my bikes.
Try a Ritchie WCS.......The Flash
Jul 25, 2003 8:00 PM
Trying one at the local shop tomorrow....I think the wider tops will definitely give me more room to play. The only problem is that the transition from the straight to the hoods tends to get in the way of my forearms when going into the drops. The EC90 eliminates this for the most part, but I'm still worried a bit about the carbon holding up to a big boy like me....

wcs good, carbon badtook
Jul 29, 2003 6:33 AM
I'd stay away from the carbon stuff if i were you. may be good for the flyweight types, but i've heard stories about them busting under load. not a good thing...

i've been using the wcs for 6 months now and think they're great. stiffer than most ultra-light bars. and, has them for $40. 225 gm bar for that price is hard to beat...
re: If you could pick any handlebar, what would you get?Juanmoretime
Jul 26, 2003 3:18 AM
I had a EC90 and no longer do. First, I went to Campy and wanted a dual groove bar. The Easton bar is measured center to center and ordering my usual 44, it felt too wide. The drops and reach were too deep, although I could have bought a shorter stem, I didn't because I'm already riding a 110 and just don't want to go any shorter. I'm current riding a 3T Prima 199 and it does everything for me the EC 90 did'nt. Plus they are measured end to end and the 44 feels perfect. My 02.