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Old 02-01-14, 10:55 AM   #1
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XRP Handlebars

I just bought a bike that has this XRP handlebar with a flat top. This to me is such a better design than a round bar inasmuch as there is a vastly superior distribution of weight on the hands. I would like to find a similar design in a 25.4 diameter bar. Is such a product available?

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...carbonbars.htm

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If you are creative , you can carve some rubber pieces that you put under the Bar tape..

20 years ago there was Off the Front grip shapes , that is what they did..

Low cost .. say carve a shape in a piece of wood , wax coat it as mold release, then pour in plasti-dip

the stuff for tool handles . let it cure , take it out ..and repeat .
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IMO if you're riding with enough weight on the bars for this to make a difference, you're either not fitted well, or need to change how you hold the bars. There's no reason to have that much load on the heel of your hand. You can relax the grip and hold the bars at the end of your palms, using wrist flex to absorb shock.

Plus you can rotate between the various other hand positions. The center of the top is the worst place to hold a bar since it means you're not available to the brakes without changing the grip. Most riders use the position only for climbing, in which case they're pulling, not resting on the bar. Or for rest intervals, while drinking or eating, or when tooling along on a quiet road while chatting with riding buddies.

If you're spending much more time than that on the tops, it's a sign that you weren't properly fitted.

Sorry for the lecture, I know this is what you want, but don't expect you'll find one, because it requires a split stem, and 25.4 (or even 26mm) split stems aren't common.
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If you are creative , you can carve some rubber pieces that you put under the Bar tape..

20 years ago there was Off the Front grip shapes , that is what they did..

Low cost .. say carve a shape in a piece of wood , wax coat it as mold release, then pour in plasti-dip

the stuff for tool handles . let it cure , take it out ..and repeat .
I'm surprised that they don't make the Off the Front grip shapes any more. I would have expected enough of a demand to justify continuous production. And no, I'm not creative.
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Sorry for the lecture, I know this is what you want, but don't expect you'll find one, because it requires a split stem, and 25.4 (or even 26mm) split stems aren't common.
Not being mechanically inclined, I didn't even think about the need for a split stem. It is too obvious when pointed out. I guess a relatively simple option is to use a threadless stem converter. That would look silly on a 20 year old bike though, don't you think?
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