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Old 12-12-08, 06:14 PM   #1
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New handlebar for my Dahon Speed Pro, advice needed!

When biking longer than 15-20 km on my speed pro (which I do every day as my commute is 25 km one way) my thumbs kinda starts hurting. I find the handle bar too straight simply and would have it a bit angled. I don't want to spend that much money so I would prefer if I can keep the stock shifter. There is of course the option of getting a standard 3-speed handlebar but I already now feel a bit cramped in length so I am thinking maybe mustache bar but then I have to change the brake levers.

Any suggestions?
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Yes!

Install barends. They make a HUGE difference.
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Old 12-12-08, 07:48 PM   #3
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Yes!

Install barends. They make a HUGE difference.
+1

I installed Ergon GR2 grips with integrated bar-ends on my Downtube Mini and I am really liking them. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade.
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Old 12-12-08, 10:09 PM   #4
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Another vote for Ergon grips...

I am assuming you have the Speed Pro with the flatbar, and not the Speed Pro TT with bullhorns. You CAN get bars with different sweep angles - you probably have a sweep of around 3-5 degrees...

Salsa Cycles for example (Pro Moto, Moto Ace) has bars in 5, 11, 17 degrees

Syntace also makes some (e.g. Duraflite lineup has 9 & 12 degrees) but I think are more expensive because they are higher grade aluminum or carbon.

Make sure you get a bar with a 25.4 clamp diameter, and not the larger 31.8...

I like Universal Cycles site to get a good idea of what is out there:
here's some more exotic shaped bars

There are some cheapie options too if you look for them
I can't find the one I recalled from Nashbar any more, but Universal shows some "Kalloy"
15 degree
27 degree

Seems like around $10-$20 for the cheapies, $30 or so for the Salsa's, and $75+ for the Syntace. The difference probably comes down to weight (higher cost, lighter bar), appearance/style, and possibly construction quality. Good luck, cheers!

PS. "On One" make some interesting bars too.
e.g.
The Mary (mtbr.com reviews) (real-world pics)
The Fleegle Pro or regular Fleegle (Pro weighs 110g less...)

Description: "It's a wide wide flat bar ... ideal for anyone that wants a tough wide flat bar. Specs are:- 15 deg back sweep. 20mm forward offset to negate the "stem shortening" effect of the big sweep back. 105mm straight centre section - for clamping lights and stuff on in the middle. 716.7mm (28.2in) length - designed to be cut down as you wish. 6061-T6 (bend not snap) alloy. 330g on my wifes cooking scales at full width."

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