Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - good inexpensive compact road bar?
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06-09-09, 03:16 PM
i'm still working up on setting up my road bike... a friend gave me some cheap ergo bars but I think I want to try out some compact type bars... i'm running barcon shifters so getting the drops a bit further up would be nice.
anyone have any recommendations for inexpensive ones?
06-09-09, 03:44 PM
FSA, about $40. A family member has them on her bike. I'm planning on putting a set on mine.
06-09-09, 04:26 PM
think i'm going to try the dimension flattop shallow reach bar... under $30
06-09-09, 05:56 PM
Looks good, let us know how it works.
06-10-09, 09:34 AM
Define: inexpensive. Lots of people like the FSA Omega Compact (http://www.competitivecyclist.com/road-bikes/product-components/2009-fsa-omega-compact-handlebar-4583.28.1.html) bar. I, personally, use the 3T Ergosum (http://www.thenew3t.com/details.aspx?i=Dropbars&p=ergosum&d=PRO) bar and love it! The bend and sizing seems to work really well for my me... though finding this bar in the U.S. can be difficult.
06-10-09, 10:37 AM
Are you worried about kneeing the barcons?
Salsa has a bar that I've found to be really comfortable, and gets the shifters out of the way without having to sacrifice a good sized ergo drop: The Moto Ace Bell lap. It's got a pretty sizeable flare so the shifters aren't angled directly at your knees. Plus, it's less than $30.
06-10-09, 01:17 PM
not worried about the barcons yet... we'll see when I start riding with em though... the big thing is comfort, i'm building this bike for exercise, the occasional group ride and century's... i'm a MTBer at heart but enjoy logging some road miles...
I figure the shallow drops will let me use them a bit more while keeping the hoods at a resonable height for me :)... we'll see how it works out
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