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HOODS TO FAR TO REACH----HELP(11 posts)

HOODS TO FAR TO REACH----HELPbear
Sep 3, 2001 8:36 AM
Hey guys, need help picking out a new handle bar, I cant comfortably reach the hoods,,yes wrong size bike( an airborne Zep). is a 54 but it feels more like 56, I am 5'9 with 33" inseam but I have a short torso.I heard that handle bars come in different styles,I need one that has less reach from the top of the bar to where the hoods would be. I already change to a 90 stem.Thank you
re: HOODS TO FAR TO REACH----HELPElefantino
Sep 3, 2001 8:46 AM
Maybe this is an obvious question, but have you tried raising the levers an inch or so on your existing bar, and/or tilting the bar upward? Moving your seat forward a bit might help, too, but be careful of your knees.
a short reach barLuis
Sep 3, 2001 8:50 AM
that might work is the Salsa Short and Shallow
an even shorter reach barKen2
Sep 3, 2001 9:10 AM
Or try the Salsa Poco bar, it's both shorter and shallower.
salsa pocozzz
Sep 3, 2001 10:19 AM
the poco has a 77 reach, the shortest out there i think
How many centimeters?Kristin
Sep 3, 2001 8:52 AM
How many cm's do you still need to make up for the bike to fit acceptably? That's an important to share for anyone to help you with this. How long have you had the bike? Have you spoken to Airborne yet and told them its too big? Perhaps they'll work with you.

Sorry to hear about your fitting woes. I've been through an experience with fit myself.
uh, send it back?Jack S
Sep 3, 2001 9:18 AM
don't Airbornes have a guarantee or something?
re: HOODS TO FAR TO REACH----HELPdavet
Sep 3, 2001 9:26 AM
You might try and loosen the handlebar clamp and rotate the handlebar a bit. This will raise the levers and maybe help. If not, the bars I used to bring the levers closer are the TTT Morphe and the Ritchey WCS.
tirider
Sep 3, 2001 9:51 AM
Please be aware that you are changing the handling characteristics of your bike anytime such dramatic alterations are made. When I hear that you already use a 90mm stem and still need the bars back tells me that you are well outside the parameters of adjusting the fit without sacrificing ride quality. If you have purchased the bike new I concur with Jack that you should send it back. If not perhaps you should steel yourself for the financial hit and replace the frame with one that fits. Otherwise you will continue spending $$$ trying to achieve the comfort that is unobtainable. Also, assuming that your saddle position is correct now moving it forward to shorten your reach is definately not the solution.
HOODS TO FAR TO REACH----HELPbear
Sep 3, 2001 4:12 PM
Hey guys thanks for the ideas. I did all other adjustment, angle of hoods and seat. I think maybe 2cm tops and I be ok. I will look into the bars out there that you sugested. thanks again fellows. Oh I got a super deal on the bike as is, so i cant send it back, $1400 for an ultegra Zep, I have the frame defect guaranties but no the usuall return stuff. hey I lear my lesson.
HOODS TO FAR TO REACH----HELPmackgoo
Sep 3, 2001 5:00 PM
Just curious. Why would manufacturers make stems that wouls afect the safe handling of a bicycle?