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Oversized handlebars and stems thoughts?(4 posts)

Oversized handlebars and stems thoughts?sokratikus
Sep 21, 2003 5:47 PM
Are oversize handlebars and stems really significantly stiffer. I'm 5'7", 150 pounds. Will I really benefit from this added stiffness? Reason is, without going carbon, an oversize bar and stem combo will add anywhere from 30-50 grams to my rig. I'd like to avoid that additional weight if not needed (yes, weight weenie here).
Mine feels stiffer!the bull
Sep 21, 2003 8:22 PM
Not just in my head either!
Looks cool too!Deda Newton.
Only down side is the computers don't mount as nice.
Run a zip-tie though the holes where the screws go.
Sep 22, 2003 4:53 AM
....on the manufacturer. For instance I wasn't too impressed with the 3T Zepp XL combo. In comparison the ITM Millennium Carbon and aluminum are considerably stiffer. Mounting something horizontally on the latter two is also better as the oversized bulge tapers off farther from the stem.
I notice a difference, but....russw19
Sep 22, 2003 10:22 AM
I am just slightly over 6 foot and around 220lbs and a sprinter type rider. I notice the difference when I get out of the saddle to jump. I don't notice the bars twisting as much. I ride a Deda Newton stem, but I ride the stiffer (and heavier, but much stronger) Magic bars. It is a very popular combo in the pro peloton this year. I also like the feel of climbing on the tops a little better with the oversize bars. I grab right at the stem clamp and I like the feel of the larger diameter bars for that. But the Bull is right about the computer mount drawback. Most companies are now offering oversized clamps, but you may have to order it separately.

If you are only 150 lbs, you may not notice a big difference. Do you generate a lot of torque on your bars for your size? If not, you won't see as drastic of an improvement as someone my size did. But you may still see it.