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Lauf teases a prototype handlebar for Groading? Grinding? whatever

Old 10-16-17, 11:50 AM
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Lauf teases a prototype handlebar for Groading? Grinding? whatever

Looks tasty if I do say so...

Originally Posted by BikeRumor
Word is, Lauf was testing their first generation carbon handlebar at their Icelandic introduction of the True Grit gravel bike this summer, but weren’t happy with the overall shape. In particular, there wasn’t enough flare, so they kept it under wraps and asked that everyone else in attendance did, too, while they refined the shape.

prototype Lauf drop bar road bike handlebar with 90-degree bends to hoods is perfectly ergonomic

What’s not changing is the 90º bend from the tops to the hoods. That sharp bend provides a big platform for your palm and did a great job of eliminating any pressure points on a two-hour ride this weekend.

The one I rode had a 42cm width, measured center to center at the hoods, which worked really well with a new, wider flare on the drops…and that’s what did change. This is round two, which increased the flare from 4° to about 15°.
https://www.bikerumor.com/2017/10/16...ortable-shape/
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From the little that I can see, it looks fairly conventional.
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Looks like a more angular, compact version of the Nitto Noodle.

I'll thank you not to encourage the use of the word "groading" any further.
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Not sure those would work for me. I'd have to ride with my hands much farther up the drops to be able to use the brakes.
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Looks like a slightly shallower version of the Easton EC70 AX.

190 grams is impressive but no cable channels or internal routing.

How much?


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I agree 190 is very impressive. I'll take the weight penalty to keep the tape smooth and flush, personally. But, still, kudos to them.
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Ok, so it has a slight backsweep. Other than that, it looks like a number of compact drop bars to me.

What exactly does this mean?- "What’s not changing is the 90º bend from the tops to the hoods."
The pictures show a smooth transition from the ramps to the hoods. There is no bend at all from what I see. Where is the 90degree bend?
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I think it's phrased poorly. I'm assuming the bend is from the tops to the ramps, where the author is resting his palm in that first picture.
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Originally Posted by RocThrower
I think it's phrased poorly. I'm assuming the bend is from the tops to the ramps, where the author is resting his palm in that first picture.
oh, a horizontal 90deg bend. Gotcha, thanks. I was thinking it was a vertical bend- like the bend to the hooks then drops.

Every bar i have bends 90 degrees as the tops transition to the ramps, or so i thought until just now. I guess some bars get to that 90 degree bend more gradually than others and this Lauf bar has a pretty immediate 90degree bend.
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Originally Posted by RocThrower
I think it's phrased poorly. I'm assuming the bend is from the tops to the ramps, where the author is resting his palm in that first picture.
does anyone else use that position? I don't think I've ever placed my hands like that
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I never use that position, but I knew a girl who rode like that almost exclusively. On her celeste-green Cross Check. She even got wing bars to better support the heel of her hand that way. I tried it a few times after watching her, and it always felt kind of unnatural.
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What is that monstrosity around his wrist?

Looks like a plasma TV or something.

Seems like it would interfere with the ability to flex the wrist.

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