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Old 10-18-13, 12:32 AM   #1
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Cinelli Spinaci bars? :D

Was looking for something aero for my Caad10 and after surfing the web I stumbled onto the Cinelli Spinaci. I read the background story to these bad boys and how they were banned and was impressed.

I'm getting into Duathlons and Triathlons (shorter distances for now) and was wondering if these bars are worth it in this current age and era? I was wondering if they're out of date or if there is something better out there for my purposes.

Also where would I be able to find them in the US. Ebay seems overpriced and Planet X USA isn't working for me right now for some strange reason. (Can't pick a color and add the bars to my cart). Is there a product much like it available in the US?

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Old 10-18-13, 03:55 AM   #2
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they are a good addition to the bike I owned a pair back in the day and I was also looking for a new pair but was blown away by the cost that some of these guys were asking. Most were from Europe on line.
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Old 10-18-13, 07:25 AM   #3
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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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Old 10-18-13, 10:28 AM   #4
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I've got some, and I don't like them

I bought them just for fun a few years ago when they were heavily discounted after the UCI banned them for mass-start (i.e., 'regular') races.

I found them a lot less comfortable and less useful than I expected, because the ones I have don't protrude forward enough, so I quickly took them off. I much prefer resting on the bars while holding the 7800 STI cables, not that I do that very often.

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Old 10-18-13, 11:02 AM   #5
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I think there was a guy in classic & vintage who was selling an entire box of NOS pairs for cheap awhile back....

I think cinelli themselves also unearthed some NOS pairs along with some stems in a recent warehouse cleaning...
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Old 10-18-13, 12:45 PM   #6
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There's a similar but much more modern and aero (and carbon) sort of thing, with integrated ITU bars (which you should search for in general, since I think it's about what you're after).
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3T Zefiro. There's one hanging on the wall at the bike shop I go to.
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Old 10-18-13, 02:53 PM   #8
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Are you looking for a short set of aero bars? Check out Vision TT mini clip-on. Otherwise, if you do decide to do more tri events, you may find the R bend type aero bars much more suitable.
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Very light and pretty cool looking but takes getting used to and are somewhat awkward. I have set sitting on my work bench right now.
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