Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Fredericktown Ohio
Bikes: Panasonic,Peugeot Px10,Cinelli super corsa, Cinelli Olympic Pista, Bianchi Pista, Gitane Tandem, all fixed Gear
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
No, No! Mr.Fixedgearhead! That can't be true! I beg you to reconsider! I love mine so much I've got another one on my Mtb.
I know that a lot of people swear by them; I, on the other hand, swear at them. I do so for these reasons:
1. The small space just adjacent to the stem clamp, that is usually associated with riding in the more upright position, is actually to small to get a horizontal grip without twisting your hands outward at the outside edge. Very uncomfortable IMHO.
2. The wide width of the bars splays your hands to far out and makes for an extremely wide shoulder/hands position that is not particularly aero and makes you catch to much air.
3. No matter what stem I used from 50 mm extension thru 100mm in 10 mm increments. They left me with a feeling of having the bars to far back to use them efficiently on climbs, when combined with the odd hand positions they afforded. It seemed that your wrists were always turned in some cockeyed direction.
Other than that I guess they might work for some people who are less sensitive with those issues.
The Ugly issue, I will leave that to others to decide.