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Old 06-26-08, 12:53 PM   #1
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Shallow drop bar suggestions?

I swear there was a thread about this not long ago, but darned if I can find it. So may I have your suggestions (again) for shallow drop handlebars, please.

NO, I don't want to raise my bars, or shorten the stem. That's all fine & I"m perfectly comfy on the hoods. Just that in the drops with my current bars breathing is affected.

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Salsa Short-n-Shallow bars.
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I haven't used the Nitto bars recommended, but I believe you'll find they aren't all that shallow, nor are the Salsa bars. If you look at various web sites, you'll find that several manufacturers make bars in the 125 - 135 mm range of drop. I have Deda shallow 215 (same as Newton shallows except for diameter) and I'm very happy with them. I lost about 10 mm of drop - only about a cm, but it is much more comfortable, and I prefer the classic round curve. Eastons, Bontrager, Oval and Ritchey and others make bars with similar drop. For shallower, check out FSA compact and Bontrager Fit VR which are in the 120-125 mm range.
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Ritchey WCS classic. They have a round bend and a shallow drop. I put some on my bike about a month ago and really like them.
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I haven't used the Nitto bars recommended,
I have.
http://www.velo-orange.com/ninobar44.html
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You should define shallow drop. FSA and Ritchey make bars with 125-130 mm drop. Everybody in the world seems to make bars with 140 to 145 mm drop (Nitto Noodles are 140). The Noodles have a continuous bend, FSA and Ritchey have a lot of ergo-bend bars (actully, Nitto has some too).

What is your bike? If you are not a racer type there are things like On-One Midge bars and various moustache bars that are different but cool (easy to say since I dont' have any of these).
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Ritchey WCS classic. They have a round bend and a shallow drop. I put some on my bike about a month ago and really like them.
I've been riding a Ritchey shallow drop bar for about 6 years and do like it as well.

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May or may not solve your problem. If it's really shallow, you might not have enough of a hook to comfortably put your hand on.
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I use a shallow drop version of the FSA Wing Pro and they are working quite nicely for me.
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Several good recommendations here and, you can add the Deda Supernatural bar also - especially if your're running Shimano. Very flat with a sharp turn to the hoods, and a shallow drop. It is a mild ergo style.
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Old 06-27-08, 07:10 PM   #16
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Nitto mod 135 Randonneur bars - 120 mm drop (see benscycle.net )
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My preferred position is on the drops. I have found that the "anatomic" bars force my hands into only one postion which I find tiresome and defeats the purpose of the drops, i.e. to give multiple hand positions. At present I am using a FSA Omega compact which has a fairly smooth and comfortable drop position that you can move about on without stress. However, the Deda Newton and Cenilli via Plam are both better in this respect. The drawback is they have a very relaxed bend where the brake hoods are positioned. This position the brake handles a bit too far forward and the reach more than one with my hand size, medium, finds comfortable.

I will be riding the FSA's for awhile until I figure out how to address brake reach on the Deda's (which by the way, just feel great, almost alive in your hands, can understand why pros like them so much). In the interim will look into the Nittos someone mentioned as having a strong upper bend that would make positioning Shimano's a snap -- address the brake reach issue.

Good luck with your choice.
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I like these, too. Be aware that the drops flare out a few degrees so the brake levers will not be exactly vertical. I never found it to be a problem, but it is noticeable visually if not tactilely.
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Specialized has a very nice short and shallow bar in carbon but like most things Specialized, $$$$.
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Looked at the FSA Wing Pro compact online, and then went to an LBS where I got a very similar Specialized Roubaix Ergo with 70mm reach & 132mm drop. (They also had the FSA, but only in 44cm wide - I prefer 42cm.)

I'm planning on doing a metric and a century in July on successive weekends so that should be a good test.
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Check out Bontrager Fit VR. They market it as a women's bar, but it comes in widths up to 44cm. 70mm reach and 120mm drop.
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I haven't used the Nitto bars recommended, but I believe you'll find they aren't all that shallow, nor are the Salsa bars. If you look at various web sites, you'll find that several manufacturers make bars in the 125 - 135 mm range of drop. I have Deda shallow 215 (same as Newton shallows except for diameter) and I'm very happy with them. I lost about 10 mm of drop - only about a cm, but it is much more comfortable, and I prefer the classic round curve. Eastons, Bontrager, Oval and Ritchey and others make bars with similar drop. For shallower, check out FSA compact and Bontrager Fit VR which are in the 120-125 mm range.
The Ritchey Biomax II has a drop around 127 or 130 mm, real shallow. The Noodle is more like 140. I like my Bio except that the anatomic grip section is highly bowed up, and the hand position that dictates is pretty far from the brake lever. My reach will be better when I change back to a Noodle. I use Ergopower BTW.
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+1
I love mine. BTW, I think the Salsa Poco bars are even 'more shallow'.
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Ditto. Noticeably more comfortable to ride in the drops for longer stretches compared to my previous "standard" drop bar.
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