I picked up a 2012 Madone 5.9 frameset with the intention of just moving almost all my '13 Madone 2.1 components over (mostly 105, upgraded wheels), and then decided that a new build would net about the same cost after I sell my 2.1 complete instead of as just a frame, so I'm going that route. Unfortunately, that leaves me short on a couple components I don't normally think about, and for this question - the handlebars.
Budget target: ~$50
Limit: $100 (need compelling reason to spend this much, like carbon)
I've been looking for used components on eBay, Craigslist, and handful of stores for new, and a few have jumped out so far. All of these have the relative compact design I have on my current bike and want (44cm c-t-c wide, ~85mm reach, ~130mm drop):
- Ritchey Logic II Pro - my local Performance Bike has a return for $60...been sitting there for a couple months so might even be able to talk that price down a little more.
- Deda Elementi Newton - $35 local Craigslist
- Pro Vibe 7s (Shimano?) - about $50 on ebay or Craigslist
- Bontrager (typically take-offs) - looks like some VR-CF (Race Lite) can be had around $50, including some brand new Domane 6.x take-offs. So far this is what I'm leaning towards.
I've read a few threads of aluminum vs. carbon when it comes to handlebars and nothing really stood out that carbon bars or stems were worth the big bucks, but I'm open and ready to take in opinions from everyone here. I'm building this bike up right, within my budget (new ultegra derailleurs, already have ultegra cassette & cranks, working on finding used r700/ultegra shifters) so I'm willing to spend a little extra up front on certain things that will improve handling/comfort. Not too particular on weight, but if one is 300g, and another is 250g, and the same price and relative "performance", I might as well get the 250g.