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oversize bars/stem-a worthy upgrade?(4 posts)

oversize bars/stem-a worthy upgrade?dawgcatchr
Jun 19, 2003 9:38 AM
Hi. The bicycle I am probably going to order (emp. purchase) is a Cannondale CAAD7-it comes with oversize 3T bars and stem. I was originally planning on swapping them out with my current Ritchey WCS stem/Prima 199 bars. I have noticed that most high-end bikes are coming with oversize bars these days-is this a legitimate improvement, or marketing hype? I didn't notice any problems with my standard size Prima 199's flex-wise (I weigh less than 150 lbs though)-it wasn't like they kept breaking on me or flexed like half-cooked pasta.

If I do decide to keep the oversize 3T Forgie XL stem/bars, I will still have to swap stems out-for some wacky reason, Cannondale is specing this year's R2000 54cm with a 80mm stem-that is way too short for a competition-level bike (I normally ride about a 120 on a 54cm). Any suggestions on a great oversize stem? I had previously used a standard Deda Newton, and it stripped on me, despite some careful installation and use of anti-sieze compound.
If your shop won't swap stems, find another shop.MR_GRUMPY
Jun 19, 2003 9:50 AM
Marketing hype that won't hurt anything except make it hard to mount computers and/or Aero bars.
Hype for all but big sprinter types...biknben
Jun 19, 2003 10:12 AM
The oversized stuff will provide more stiffness for hard efforts. Sprinters and clydesdales may find it usefull but for most of us it is overkill. If the bike comes with oversized just go with it unless you really like the old stuff you have.
Jun 19, 2003 1:24 PM
My Merckx Team SC came with Deda oversized bars. After a year of trying to figure out why this set up wasn't perfect, I went back to the 3T Forgie and Prima 199s that I use on every other bike I own and am back to that happy place. The reach to the hoods on the Deda is about 1 cm longer than the Prima. I'm big guy with a halfway decent sprint and I can't tell the difference between standard and oversized bars. I am happy to be back to the Prima though. IMHO spend the $$ elsewhere.