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Your favorite bar/stem combo? ergo or traditional bend

Old 05-09-08, 09:06 AM
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Your favorite bar/stem combo? ergo or traditional bend

I got a new race rig I'm building and I'm undecided on the bars I'm going to use. I currently have the Specialized S-works ergo bend carbon bars w/ a Ritchey WCS 4axis stem. Although the bars are comfy w/ the flat tops for long rides, the ergo bend on them when in the drops and sprinting gives me bruising on my lower forearms. I also can't find a comfy position w/ the bend in the Specialied bars. I'm also a little leary about going w/ carbon bars again, not to mention they are bit higher in price.

For the new race rig, I'm thinking of going w/ a non-ergo/traditional bend bar in aluminum. I would think the aluminum would a lot be stiffer, which is something I would want in a bar. I'm not set on a traditional bend bar, maybe a different brand of ergo bar w/ a slightly different shape would fit better.

I know its a personal preference, but I'm curious as to what you guys/gals riding in the way of a bar/stem combo?

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Old 05-09-08, 10:22 AM
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Is the the SL2 you were talking about getting? I didn't like my s-works bars at first but I've gotten used to them. I was thinking of getting a Ritchey Evolution or Logic but in the end decided it didn't bother me enough to spend the money.
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I'm in the same boat, wants some traditional bend aluminum bars that are light and cheap.
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I tried a classic bend bar, but they didn't work with my massive hands. I'm now using a Variable Radius bar and couldn't be happier.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Is the the SL2 you were talking about getting? I didn't like my s-works bars at first but I've gotten used to them. I was thinking of getting a Ritchey Evolution or Logic but in the end decided it didn't bother me enough to spend the money.
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I would look at the logic. Dave had some in stock when I was thinking of going that route.
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Ritchey WCS is probably your best bet. I have the classic bend bars and I love em. had the ergos before i switched. IMO, the Ritchey aluminum stem and bar combo is a great setup. Light, stiff, and not all that expensive.
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Old 05-09-08, 03:05 PM
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Ritchey WSC 4Axis stem 120mm and WSC ergo bar 42cm, now available in Wet White.
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I have Deda track bars that I like quite a lot. You will not flex them, and you will not get forearm bruises while sprinting. You can get low as hell, as the drops are quite deep. Your position is also pulled forward a few cm as they curve forwards.

The only shortcoming I see with using them is that with Campy ergos I am not quite comfy shifting while sprinting, as I really have to hook my thumb up high. With SRAM this wouldn't be a problem, and I'm really thinking of getting a Force/Red group set to replace the Campy stuff.
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Old 05-09-08, 04:09 PM
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I've got the Nitto Soba bars on right now. The drops are traditional, but the tops are not. It's working out to be a lovely combination. Sub 300g of heat treated Japanese AL @$70. I'd love to try the new SLX3's or the Deda Phazer, though mucho coin. These replaced the wretched Deda Hydras. The Nitto's flex just enough to eat some of the road chatter, too.

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Bars: Reynolds Ouzo Race Al Road Bar 44cm c-c $16.98
Stem: FSA OS-190 Stem $24.98

$41.96 for both and by far the best bars I have found so far. I am waiting to try the new 3T Ergosum's though. As for the stem i don't really care how much it weighs. I think it looks good and its plenty stiff for me.

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Has anybody gotten the 3T Ergosums yet? They look great to me too.

As for now, I have Ritchey WCS Classic shallow bars (light, stiff, inexpensive) on a Ritchey WCS stem. I like that a lot.
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Old 05-09-08, 04:24 PM
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Has anybody gotten the 3T Ergosums yet? They look great to me too.
Its hard to get any info on them. You can buy them from their website but it seems like barely anyone has them,.
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Ritchey WSC 4Axis stem 120mm and WSC ergo bar 42cm, now available in Wet White.
oooooooo, wet white...

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