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Handlebar drop and racing styles(3 posts)

Handlebar drop and racing styleshayaku
Oct 14, 2002 9:03 PM
I'm looking for input about a good amount of drop for different diciplines in road racing. General guidelines would be great.

I'm under the impression that a lower front end and steeper angles are good for sprinting. What about climbing or general road racing?

I have a 7.5cm drop from the top of my seat to the top of my bars with my brake hoods about a cm below that, riding a 56cm frame. This is quite comfortable, I just wonder if going lower might help my sprint.

Thanks for any input and advice.
re: Handlebar drop and racing stylesbrider
Oct 15, 2002 6:57 AM
You don't need to necessarily drop your handlebars down, but you can go with a deeper dop bar. The big thing in sprinting on the steeper geometry is wrist clearance on the handlebars. If you get in the drops for a sprint and your forearm hits the bar tops, it's pretty painful. I went with 8-bend bars for this reason. Also, there are some crit-bend bars (Cinelli makes some good ones) that would work well, too.
re: Handlebar drop and racing stylesBruno
Oct 15, 2002 11:57 AM
I recently saw a handlerbar that had a bar connecting both drops just below the brake hoods. I wonder if it was to improve strength while sprinting or to give an additional place to put the hands.

But regarding your question, track racers use very low handlebars so I guess it does improve sprinting either by having a more aero position or better leverage.