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    Shallow handlebars?

    I'm a mountain biker and recently purchased a road bike. Road biking is still a new thing to me and it's interesting how different it is from mtb.

    Someone suggested to switch to "Shallow" handlebars on my Defy 1 for more comfort.

    What exactly are shallow handlebars?

    How are the dimension of road bars measured?

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    This will tell you more than you ever imagined could be told about drop-bar geometry.

    Basically, the two key dimensions are bar width (obvious) and the "drop"--the distance from the top part to the bottom part (a low value for which would be a shallow bar). But there are other dimensions worth paying attention to.

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