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Old 06-09-09, 03:16 PM   #1
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good inexpensive compact road bar?

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?
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FSA, about $40. A family member has them on her bike. I'm planning on putting a set on mine.

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think i'm going to try the dimension flattop shallow reach bar... under $30
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Looks good, let us know how it works.
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Define: inexpensive. Lots of people like the FSA Omega Compact bar. I, personally, use the 3T Ergosum 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.
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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.
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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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