Join Date: Feb 2007
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Spinaccis don't really work well in TT type situations, at least that's what I found when trying them in TTs. The best place to hold them, I found, was the section extending forward, i.e. the sides. The forward part works okay if you tilt the bars low but the angle wasn't great. I preferred the "non-angled" straight side bits for holds. At that point I just had a wide and short TT bar.
I tried them and the longer 3ttt Tiramisu bars in various slightly rolling situations. The bars work well on fast power type climbs where you want to have a narrow position that mimics the hoods (or very high and narrow drops if you will); again, this is while using the straight sides, not the angled in front part. For flat roads you need at least an elbow/forearm rest and at that point a very short TT bar would probably work better.
The Spinaccis were an attempt to get mass start TT bars, but generally speaking actual TT bars work better for TTs. For TTs with hills use very short TT bars, you'll get the Spinacci benefit without its drawbacks.
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