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Newbie needs advice on picking out new Bar & Stem(3 posts)

Newbie needs advice on picking out new Bar & Stemgrande
Mar 30, 2003 4:14 PM
I've ordered nearly everything for parts for a frame I picked up 2nd hand (barely used) except for the bar and stem. Previously I've only ridden mountain bikes. Now I need aid in bar- Can anyone recommend a good starter (as in neutral in design. I was looking at ITM stuff---Melennium and Deda Magic combos in particular (Deda-admittedly because i think it looks cool.) I'm a beginner so I prolly dont need anything too aggressive.

I'm just not sure what all this drop and anatomic design is about.
And whats the advantage of an oversize design?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
re: Newbie needs advice on picking out new Bar & Stemrussw19
Mar 30, 2003 4:28 PM
For mid priced stuff, the Deda Magic bar and stem are really nice. I ride a Newton stem with the Magic bar. Other wise, the Ritchey Pro and WCS stuff is really nice too. And priced pretty competitively too.

re: Newbie needs advice on picking out new Bar & StemMatno
Mar 31, 2003 4:23 AM
I second Russ's recommendations. I really like Ritchey stuff. In particular, I like my Ritchey anatomic bars because they have less drop than a lot of others. I'm not a huge fan of deep drops (a.k.a. "scrotum squishers"). Check out different manufacturer's drop and reach measurements before you buy. Depending on how far you like to stretch on your bike, you might have different preferences than I do. (I prefer to be as comfortable as possible without losing too much in the way of aerodynamics).

I had a beautiful Deda stem on my last bike and loved it, although it was flexy (it was a quill stem though. Their threadless ones don't have the same issue). I now have an ITM stem, and it works fine. It's a lower end stem (Big One), but it gets the job done. Plenty stiff. A little heavy.

As for oversized bars, the only possible advantage is strength to weight ratio. Since regular bars are plenty stiff for 99% of us, I think the oversized ones are over-hyped. For an additional cost (and headache of finding a deal) you get bars that are less compatible with everything from computers to aerobars. Unless you're a serious racer, (which you say you're not), I wouldn't worry about it. (For that matter, I wouldn't worry about it if you WERE a serious racer!)