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handlebar flex while climbing(7 posts)

handlebar flex while climbingJS Haiku Shop
Apr 3, 2003 7:01 AM
for the first time i noticed yesterday afternoon while climbing (out of the saddle) that my TTT forgie bars flex considerably while climbing--it's quite visible. i'm riding over small rollers, mostly tall/longish "sprinter's hills"--1/8 to 3/4 mile inclines, nothing steep. i'm a big guy, and worked both on upper body strength and climbing "form" over winter, so i may be tugging on the bars a little more than before.

is this normal for most bars, normal for the forgie, or what? seems flex in this area wouldn't translate upper body effort to the bike while climbing. i haven't noticed this problem on my salsa bell lap bars.


could be the stem, tooDougSloan
Apr 3, 2003 7:09 AM
Could be partly the bars and the stem. What stem do you have? I used to get a lot of flex out of my Cinelli Grammo.

Some bars are definitely stiffer than others. Nonetheless, it's probably not a problem.

On long rides, to stay efficient, you probably shouldn't be mashing so hard you flex the bars, anyway. Maybe that's a good indication to sit and spin more.

re: handlebar flex while climbingkoala
Apr 3, 2003 7:16 AM
I have the same bar and it flexes a little, even with a richey 4 bolt stem. I, too have an upper body that is developed more than most roadies but I dont notice the flex when riding, just when I am off the bike trying to induce flex. All my buddies have gone oversized and say its a marked improvement even with two bolt stems. Like the look of the 3-ttt less stem with carbon faceplate.
Must be the combo...DINOSAUR
Apr 3, 2003 8:28 AM
I'm a big guy also (6-0 193) and I do a lot of climbing. I have oversized 31.7 Deda Magic bars with Newton stem on my main ride and on my old Klein "beater bike" I have the stock Icon bars with a Performance Forte stem and notice no flex at all. I read where larger rideres tend to pull on the bars more when they are climbing..

I also read (off topic) that standing while climbing is easier on your knees and I've been working on this along with using higher gears....
normal for most bars...Steve_0
Apr 3, 2003 8:32 AM
or normal for 'high-performance', lightweight bars?

Dunno the answer, but I presume their's a dif.
the stem is a ttt/3t threaded quill--not sure what model. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 3, 2003 8:36 AM
re: handlebar flex while climbingmapei boy
Apr 3, 2003 11:26 AM
Let 'em flex. It's kind of fun to watch. It also means you'll get a bit of suspension on those pothole-filled downhills that are yet to come.