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favorite and lightest handlebar you like(7 posts)

favorite and lightest handlebar you likesilroadbike
Sep 23, 2002 7:39 PM
what is the lightest and best handlebar and stem combination have you had on your bike?
Happy with Prima 199 bars and Ritchey WCS stemDMoore
Sep 23, 2002 10:14 PM
I've had this combination on my race bike all season, and have had no problems whatever. Although I think the ergo bend TTT's look kinda goofy, they feel quite comfortable and my hands don't go numb as quickly as with other bars I've raced. At 170 lbs. the combination is plenty stiff for me, although I have to admit I'm no sprinter. The bars are 200 gr, the stem is 140.

For an older quill stem, I can't beat ITM 225 bars mounted on a polished Ti Ibis stem. I have that combination on 4 other bikes, and absolutely love it. Those aren't racers, and I don't spend as much time in the drops so the ITM bend is fine. Plus, I just think they look better than the TTT bars. Not too heavy for their style, the bars are about 225 gr. and the stem about 200. Since they're mounted mostly on steel bikes, with 1 Ti frame, weight isn't that big an issue.

The Ibis stem is pure eye candy, one of the prettiest parts that I think has ever been put on a bicycle. Too bad Ibis stopped making them even before they went out of business, but they were getting pretty pricey.
Quill Bar- Cinelli '63 or '64 Ahead Bar- ITM 260boneman
Sep 24, 2002 4:48 AM
I used the Cinelli 66's on all my bikes for 25 years or so. As I get older, less drop please. Hence the '63/'64. Not the lightest but I've had good experience with these bars and they work for me.

Ahead setup- I use ITM 260's, traditional bend. Again, they work and are available. Used the Big One for a couple of years but now gone to the Millenium stem.

Bar and stems, they work and fit or they don't. Not my biggest focus. If they make a non-ergo bend, I'll use them.
Ditto DMoore, but I also like . . .Look381i
Sep 24, 2002 1:31 AM
the Cinelli Solido & Solida Magnum. I have both. The Ritchey set up is probably a few grams lighter, but the Cinelli carbon wrap seems to be a bit stiffer and to absorb more road buzz (and looks very cool, too).
Cinelli Ram!graham101
Sep 24, 2002 8:17 AM
The Cinelli Ram intergrated bar and stem is the best thing going bar none. At 325 grams total it is one of the lightest available. The performance is great with zero complaints, excellent vibration dampening, superbe ergonomics and such. Oh yeah, killer good looks too. Pony up the bucks, well worth it. Best with lighter riders, less than 160 pounds otherwise, might be a little bouncy on big hits like rail crossings, still stiffer than a Solido though.
re: favorite and lightest handlebar you likeflying
Sep 24, 2002 10:10 AM
Ya know I never really cared........till now......
I just changed to a Cinelli Solida bar & solido stem.
I really like them. Not only because I saved 3 or 4 ounces.
The reach to the brakes in the drops are better.
Kestrel EMS; ITM Millenium nmDougSloan
Sep 25, 2002 5:42 AM