ITM Pista Drops
Anyone heard, used, seen them? They're made from 7075 Aluminum for 25.8 clamp. Cable guides on both sides. Nashbar is offering them at 80% and there's an additional 10% off coupon (w227) that still works.
I ordered a 'em because I suspected trying out a track drop handlebar design would never come cheaper than $7.00. So if there's no one here with experience using them, I'll give a heads up. Or something.
I think you'll find these to be a lot like nitto 125AA's.
asleep at the wheel
I've used 'em and they're now on my lady's bike. Pretty similar to Nitto 123/125s shape, though probably a little flatter near the stem. Finish isn't as nice, gets scratched quite easily. Drop looks close to the 123s.
Aside from that, they're great bars. For $7 USD, they're a steal.
Can't remember why I gave 'em up, but I think it was just that I prefer the curvyness of the Nittos.
Dynamite. I'm thinking I'll just wrap them in cloth tape and call it a done deal.
Most of my riding is around town sort of stints, so I can't honestly say if I'll keep them on for prolonged periods. Lately I've just been into handlebar ergonomics and have been swapping out different setups to find what's most comfortable.
asleep at the wheel
The weird thing about the bars on nashbar (just went and looked) is that they have cable grooves for brakes, weird! Runs rather counter to the 'pista' idea. All the ITM pista bars I've seen are grove free.
Not that it makes any real difference and they do come in black.
Last edited by fixedpip; 01-19-07 at 01:40 AM.
Hate to revive a dead thread, but I felt obligated to report back on the handlebars.
First with the bad. They're a bit narrower than listed. 38 is moreso outside to outside of the bars. Not sure if that's listed on Nashbar, but it caught me slightly off guard.
Other than that, they're great. The only flat "grip" on the bars is hands hugging the stem, but track bars aren't intended to be flat (whodathunkit). Another thing I noticed is they're much stiffer than I'd suspect, being as they're budget track bars. They don't flex, even in the drops, nearly as much as one would imagine, and although I'm not a heavyset person, I don't think they'd be a great deal flexier with heavier folks.
The brake grooves though? No idea what they're intended for. Maybe to get the desired bend during manufacturing more easily? Either way, I wrapped them with cloth tape and it's not even noticeable.
Yeah, and black is nice.