Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - Suggestion on sprint bars/stem?
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01-12-10, 01:58 PM
Looking for stiff stiff stiff.
01-12-10, 03:42 PM
01-12-10, 06:03 PM
Nitto 123's. The last bar you will ever have to buy, unless your bike is run over by a truck.
01-12-10, 08:25 PM
The 123s are nice. I also like my Easton EC90 Track bars. I got them cheap and I really love the shape. The downsides are the price and the fact that after one crash they may be compromised. If I did wreck them, I'd consider steel if I couldn't get another pair cheaply.
If you can, try holding a few bars of bikes at your local track and see what feels right. Some are too narrow and some too wide. Some won't clear your forearms when holding the drops.
Pick the bars then get the appropriate stem (25.4, 26.0, or 31.6) so you don't have to deal with shims.
I have a Look Ergostem which is heavy, but awesome for dialing in my position. I also like Thomson X4 (4 bolt). I suggest this over the X2 (2 bolt) model if you are a sprinter type rider raging on the bars heavily. There are other great stems, but this is what I know of.
Also, if you are going to do standing starts, maybe stay away from regular (non heat treated) aluminum bars. I've heard of guys breaking them. Again, that depends on how strong you are.
03-22-10, 11:52 PM
Just poked my head in from the frame builders forum-
These are pretty stiff: http://winterbicycles.com/products/bicycles/track/speed3.jpg
04-22-10, 09:50 PM
Deda Velocita. The steel version of the Pista bars. I found them on Probikekit for about $70. They are stiff enough for Ahnuld and crash proof.
For a stem, either steel or carbon. I have a 2007 EC70 stem: http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?ID=45981-Easton+Ec70+Bonded+Carbon+Threadless+Road+Bike+Stem Very stiff and cheap. I think Nitto has a threadless steel stem with no rise.
04-25-10, 09:40 AM
The older 26.0 Deda track bar (same as the Velocita, I believe) that came stock on however many years worth of Pistas are widely available on eBay for dirt cheap. I paid $10 for mine a few years back, though I imagine the price is a bit higher now that track season's getting underway. Anyway, they're good bars, cheap, strong and comfortable. Can't complain about anything except the weight.
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