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Bars: oversize or 26 mm(6 posts)

Bars: oversize or 26 mmdaman4886
Nov 15, 2003 10:17 AM
what do you guys think is better? I currently have 26 mm but i am considering buying oversized bars.
What kind of do-dads you got?Spoke Wrench
Nov 15, 2003 11:47 AM
If you mount things like computers and lights on your handlebars, you might have to find and buy some different mounting hardware.
re: Bars: oversize or 26 mmrussw19
Nov 15, 2003 1:47 PM
There are some stiffness advantages to oversized bars, but only if you get the right ones and use the right stem with it to. I would recommend no matter what stem you get, make sure it's a 4 bolt front plate. It spreads the clamping load over more area of your bars which is crucial if you use superlight aluminium or carbon bars. However, as Spoke Wrench said, you may also have problems mounting things to your bars. In another year or so, I think most light and computer companies will include mounts for both, but current and older stuff may give you problems.

If you are going to go oversized for stiffness issues, I recommend the combo of a Deda Newton stem with the heavier but way stiffer and stronger Magic bars. I like that combo myself, and according to Deda, it was the most frequently used combo amongst Div. 1 pros last year. If you want light, Stella Azzurra makes some of the lightest Mag stems and Carbon bars available. Also, look into FSA's new stuff. They have some nice Aluminium bars with Carbon face plates and some new nice Carbon bars too.

Good luck,
4 bolt stemsdivve
Nov 15, 2003 2:43 PM
I think most of us agree the highest stresses occur where bars enter the stem. A 4 bolt clamp in my opinion will increase stress in that area by placing most of its clamping force and rigidity right at the edges of the clamp. A properly designed 2 bolt plate will allow for more give at the edges and spread forces across the face place in a more uniform manner.
re: Go OShudsonite
Nov 16, 2003 12:39 PM
I just purchased a new stem and bar combo. I went oversize because of the extra stiffness claimed (Deda Newton). Will let you know in the spring if it makes a difference.

The industry is moving to the oversize stem and bar. The new Trek's for example are all oversize. You can expect this to be the defacto standard within the next couple of years.

Most computers now have mounting for the oversize. It is only a matter of time before everything works on the 31.8mm bars.
Nov 18, 2003 9:58 AM
Why would you recommend OS if you haven't tried them?

My experience going from mid-line TTT bars/Solido stem to Ritchey WCS OS combo is not encouraging. Any stiffness increase is virtually imaginary. What IS real is the PITA mounting computers and lights, as most computers do not have mounts for OS- only a few models. This just feels like marketing at its best.