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Old 07-15-16, 11:57 AM
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New handlebars on an early 90's stem

Hey everyone, I am wanting to change out my handlebars on my Allez. It has the stock Specialized stem with the stock Specialized Down In Front handlebar. I bought it brand new in 1993, but 20 some years and a fuzed lower back makes it less than comfy to be in the drops or on the inner bars. So a compact handlebar is what I want. But looking at current bars they seem to be rather thicker than what I currently have in place. Should I be concerned or am I overthinking this?

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You might start with a long neck Nitto Technomic stem.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nitto-Techno...IAAOSw~oFXGTK4

Modern bars require a threadless adapter stem.
https://www.amazon.com/Nashbar-Stem-.../dp/B004UME96U

Then you need a clamp on stem, which come in varying degrees of angle and length.

Best to post a pick of handlebar you want, then we can help.

You may also need new brake levers if you change bar style.

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Old 07-15-16, 12:28 PM
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You could probably bring your current stem up an inch. If you are like most people and ride mostly on the tops and the hoods then I don't think compact bars will make much difference.
As Oddjob2 says, a Nitto stem will let you raise the bars and maybe reduce the reach by a cm.
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A lot of new handebars have a 31.8 clamp diameter, but you can still get 26.0. Look at Soma HWY One bars.

I also agree that a Nitto Technomic stem can go a long way to making a bike comfortable for an aging back (I've got Technomics on three bikes), but they're really tall and won't insert far enough to sit anywhere near as low as what you have pictured.
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Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
You could probably bring your current stem up an inch. If you are like most people and ride mostly on the tops and the hoods then I don't think compact bars will make much difference.
As Oddjob2 says, a Nitto stem will let you raise the bars and maybe reduce the reach by a cm.
Definitely, that stem's low. You might want a slightly longer quill, raise it up and go with @Andy_K 's Soma suggestion.
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Old 07-15-16, 01:29 PM
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Shallower drop bars - the Cinelli Giro D'Italia 64-40 usually comes in 26.4 clamp size, can be found in 26.0 but the couple I've bought advertised as such were actually 26.4. 3T made a nice shallow drop in 26.0, Competizione I think? There are plenty of more modern 26.0 bars with a shallow drop to be found.
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Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
You could probably bring your current stem up an inch.
Or more! If that stem hasn't been cut down, there's probably a couple extra usable inches hiding out inside the steerer tube. It might make all the difference.
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Old 07-15-16, 02:21 PM
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I run these on my Colnago.

Dajia Cycleworks Shallow Drop Handlebar - Handlebars - Components
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Thanks for all the tips guys!! Honestly I have not messed with the stem since I set it up some 20 odd years ago. I do ride mostly on the hoods, but on the occasion when wind is a factor I want to get a lower profile, I just feel the drops are too low. I will raise the stem and see what I get. I'll look at the bars suggested as well.
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If you try raising the stem: If your existing stem's quill isn't long enough and a Nitto Technomic's quill is too long, a Soma Sutro stem could be the middle ground you need. It has a 180 mm quill, compared to the Technomic's extra long 225 mm quill. eBay seller Yojimbo's Garage sells Soma Sutro stems at a decent price.
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The Nitto Technomic Deluxe has a 190 mm stem, is cold forged and has a much nicer finish than the Technomic.
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Forget the Soma bars, if you want something fitting for that bike look here, Nitto M151F, silver, clamp: 26.0mm, drop: 128mm, reach: 76mm, width: 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46cm (center to center), with a sleeved center:
https://www.retro-gression.com/produ...151f-handlebar
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Old 07-16-16, 05:52 AM
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I second the Nitto Technomic and Soma Hwy 1 short reach, shallow drop bars. I have some that I'm not using, but when I did use them they were nice.

I actually cut about 1.5" off a Technomic and there were still enough threads left on the wedge bolt (?) for it to work.
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Old 07-16-16, 08:52 AM
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Thanks everyone with some great choices. Here is the stem at the minimum insertion point, which added an inch. Tomorrow I am riding 40 miles so we will see where this is comfort wise for me. But the stems mentioned and more than a few handle bars are going to be reviewed. I just replaced the brake pads this morning and have to remember not to grab a handful of brakes

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Old 07-16-16, 09:31 AM
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Another 26.0 mm clamp compact bars are Deda Piega, but there is also ergo version of them, so you have to check that. Alas, they are only produced in black
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