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Trying to understand pro's handlebars(9 posts)

Trying to understand pro's handlebarsstinkfoot247
Jun 3, 2003 5:52 PM
I was watching the Giro. Yup. This one dude had odd handlebars. Like compared to my idea of a traditional handlebar the "U" shape was very skinny on his. Meaning his drops didn't hang down very low. Does anybody know what I'm talking about? I'm guessing the dude was going for less lean over for better breathing? Higher seat? why?
Shallow drop style. Just personal preference. (I use 'em too) -nmTig
Jun 3, 2003 6:54 PM
re: Trying to understand pro's handlebarsraptorUW
Jun 3, 2003 6:54 PM
it's just a "shallow bend" classic drop bar. bar drops come in a variety of shapes - they each feel a bit different. take a look at pics of lance vs. george to get an idea of what the two classic styles look like. Shallow classic(Italian), Deep classic(belgian), and anatomical (each company has their own special bend) are the 3 major types of h-bar drops.

Many people don't realize it, but changing a bar can make the bike feel radically different. as to why so many euro pros use one of the two classic styles...well, the only rational explanation is that they spend a lot of time on the hoods where in my opinion, the classic bars feel better. either that or they look cool.
Deda 215 (classic "shallow") vs. Ritchey Classic...serbski
Jun 3, 2003 7:18 PM
...Anyone got any first-hand (sorry) experience with these (or similar) bars? I've got the 215 anatomical and am looking for something with less drop. Also, I'm curious about the comment you made that classic bars feel better while on the hoods as I have not really thought about the differences between the various types of bars and *that* section of the bar, i.e.-I've always looked at the drop, or lack thereof, of the drops. I know that Deda, for example, claims to have less "reach" to the brake levers (do they mean from the drops position?) though I've tended to tweak the position of the levers on the bar to adjust the reach. Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks
Deda 215 (classic "shallow") vs. Ritchey Classic...raptorUW
Jun 4, 2003 6:25 AM
the shallow drop bars seem to facilitate that high (think lance) "euro" sti position better than anatomical bars. The indent in anatomical bars seems to limit the placement of the lever, ie, if you place the lever high on an anatomical bar, reach can be uncomfortable when in the drop. in addition to that, a shallow bend allows for higher placement as well, b/c you can more easily reach the lever from the drop.
re: Trying to understand pro's handlebarsRCole
Jun 3, 2003 8:49 PM
I've been looking for traditional (non-anatomic) shallow drop bars for some time, such as the Deda shallow drop bar. I can't seem to find them anywhere. I even went to my LBS and asked them to order and they were sent the deep drop bars instead. Any ideas on how to find those bars?
wisecyclebuys.com or Labicicletta.com and ask. n mSpunout
Jun 4, 2003 2:23 AM
shallow vs deep handlebarstarwheel
Jun 4, 2003 4:10 AM
I put a Ritchey WCS handlebar on my new bike a couple years ago and couldn't believe what a difference it made. The Ritchey is shallower drop than most and has an "anatomical" shape that bulges inside the curve. I am able to ride in the drops much easier than with my old bars and consequently spend much more time in the drops, particularly when riding solo. Also, I've got a Campy group on that bike and it's much easier to reach the shifters and brakes.

To compare the drops and reaches for different bars, go to www.bikeusa.com and compare the stats for bars in their components section. They have the drop and reach listed for a wide range of bars.
Salsa Poco also..Dave Hickey
Jun 4, 2003 7:58 AM
I have Salsa's Poco bar on my rain bike. Very shallow drop and short reach.