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Old 04-09-21, 10:58 AM
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I just snapped my carbon fiber handlebars (see my other post). Never had to replace them before. Debating going with aluminum. I ride a Litespeed Tuscany in east Tennessee. I'm 5'-8", 160 lbs, not sure how i snapped these. I know it's not all that amazing power my 47 year old self is putting out. My old bars were flat on top, i liked that, it was comfortable. Any suggestions? Would like to stay around $200 or less.
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Old 04-09-21, 11:21 AM
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I'd take a look at the Zipp Service Course SL 70 or 80 Ergo if you like the flat tops.
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I'll throw the Richey WCS Evocurves into the mix - they have an ovalized top section that's very comfortable.
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You can get flat topped AL bars. That's what I would recommend. I think FSA still makes them.
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Old 04-09-21, 01:12 PM
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Just like I suggested in your other thread. Did you search for these?
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At this price, this seems like a really nice alloy option:

https://www.merlincycles.com/deda-su...ars-94403.html
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$200 for alloy handlebars!? The one below is $90. The description says carbon but based on the price, weight, and photos, I would say it is aluminum. The tops are flat.

Most Jaguar XA Di2 Compatible Handlebar | Competitive Cyclist
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Originally Posted by Badbird2000 View Post
I just snapped my carbon fiber handlebars (see my other post). Never had to replace them before. Debating going with aluminum. I ride a Litespeed Tuscany in east Tennessee. I'm 5'-8", 160 lbs, not sure how i snapped these. I know it's not all that amazing power my 47 year old self is putting out. My old bars were flat on top, i liked that, it was comfortable. Any suggestions? Would like to stay around $200 or less.
I got these - 3T Superergo Al bars - flat top, good transition to shifters, mild flare - very happy with them. I had some old Al Cinelli's on my Litespeed, but I figured that ~15 years was long enough for Al parts, and I wanted to get into the 31.8mm clamp standard for mounting accessories etc. IIRC, they were well under $100
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For mine, the 3T Aeronova shape has blown away everything else - best-shaped tops imaginable.

The price for these is crazy though, too rich for my blood. Happily, a Chinese mob called Toseek has ripped them off, and you can get those for something like 10% of the price.

Sure, lots of folks will baulk at sub-$50, sub-250g bars, but I figured I'd just try to destroy them by hand before installing, and they seemed like they're up to it. Now I've got em on three bikes, haven't died yet.
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Old 04-09-21, 11:52 PM
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For mine, the 3T Aeronova shape has blown away everything else - best-shaped tops imaginable.

The price for these is crazy though, too rich for my blood. Happily, a Chinese mob called Toseek has ripped them off, and you can get those for something like 10% of the price.

Sure, lots of folks will baulk at sub-$50, sub-250g bars, but I figured I'd just try to destroy them by hand before installing, and they seemed like they're up to it. Now I've got em on three bikes, haven't died yet.
I saw the 3T Aeronova handlebars on sale toward the end of 2020 and thought about them, but they have a swept forward shape that would require quite a stretch for me to reach the STI levers.
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Old 04-11-21, 02:29 AM
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They don't have a big reach...

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They don't have a big reach...

Yes they do.
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Old 04-11-21, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
At this price, this seems like a really nice alloy option:

https://www.merlincycles.com/deda-su...ars-94403.html
The problem with Merlin is that currently, they have a $25.00 flat fee shipping. They no longer have free shipping to the U.S.
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Yes they do.
If you say so... mine not so much, since I cut 40mm off the drops and rotated them forward a bit.
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Old 04-12-21, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Kimmo View Post
For mine, the 3T Aeronova shape has blown away everything else - best-shaped tops imaginable.

The price for these is crazy though, too rich for my blood. Happily, a Chinese mob called Toseek has ripped them off, and you can get those for something like 10% of the price.

Sure, lots of folks will baulk at sub-$50, sub-250g bars, but I figured I'd just try to destroy them by hand before installing, and they seemed like they're up to it. Now I've got em on three bikes, haven't died yet.
I'm intrigued by those, but then you've got this


might try and give it a try regardless if the cost is fairly nonsignificant
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Originally Posted by hubcyclist View Post
I'm intrigued by those, but then you've got this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF5A...yfDz0Y&index=9

might try and give it a try regardless if the cost is fairly nonsignificant
The cost won’t be insignificant if the bars fail on you. That type of failure usually ends up with a hospital visit, unless your Mathieu Van der Poel, his save was miraculous.
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These look nice to me. I might order a set:

https://www.amazon.com/Bontrager-VR-...94048640&psc=1
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Old 04-15-21, 11:01 AM
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After 5 days of agonizing research on the web, i settled on a set of Ritchie WCS Carbon Streem II... yeah, i suck at staying on budget. Should come in next week, so hopefully i can get back on the road soon.
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Originally Posted by hubcyclist View Post
I'm intrigued by those, but then you've got this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF5A...yfDz0Y&index=9

might try and give it a try regardless if the cost is fairly nonsignificant
Yeah, I usually mention the need for DIY QC when I recommend these bars...
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I bought a set of these Toseek Aeronova copies. At AU$40 delivered, I wasn't expecting much. Sure enough, the decals were a bit wonky, the wall thickness was all over the place, and worse, the angle of the last part of the drops differed when viewed from the side. But at the angle I wanted to mount them, that last part of the drops pointed up and was surplus to requirements... after cutting 38mm off one end and 40mm off the other, I couldn't see any more asymmetry no matter how hard I looked, so after some fettling they're fine on that score. The Aeronova shape is bloody awesome. Looks badass, and is super ergonomic. Weighed a hair over 220g after cutting.

But yeah, cheap carbon is a risk, so of course I tried to break them before fitting. And yeah, I heard a few fibres break, which at least indicates they don't test them. But perhaps it's not unusual for carbon parts to break a few fibres when first loaded, who knows? Any reputable brand would most likely test their carbon parts before you get them. Anyway, they flexed about as much as I'd expect given the (40cm) shape, weight, and price, no big deal. But initially I fit them to a Kalloy Uno (also cheap and light - 120mm @17°, 120g), and my front end was like overcooked pasta. So I splashed out on a Zipp stem weighing another 20g, and now it's al dente.

The internal routing would have been no biggie, except I was using Alligator i-link which made it an epic PITA. After a bit I upgraded to the far superior Jagwire Elite Link which was no problem. Although there's no room to cross the cables inside the bar which would have made them sit a little better between the bars and frame.

All in all, I found them to be an excellent buy, given the truly paltry sum in question. I bought two more pairs for my other bikes. Same asymmetry, sketchy wall thickness, initial breaking of fibres, and iffy decal application (the next couple of pairs had more subtle decals which look a lot better), and the weight varied by 10-15g. Also the process of choosing where to cut off the dodgy bits was painstaking (if you cut the same amount off each end it won't be quite right), but hey, US$30, FFS.

By the way, the comment above about weight as a percentage of total isn't on the money, because you notice weight differently on different parts of the bike. For acceleration it's tyres and tubes then rims. For standing on the bike, it's the seat and then the other parts at the top of the bike. The bars count for that, but also because they're pivoting off the headset you notice it as well in low speed turns and trackstands, and just wheeling the bike around. Losing 100g off your bars is going to make a much more perceptive difference than losing 100g from your cranks.
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For mine, the 3T Aeronova shape has blown away everything else - best-shaped tops imaginable.
I agree and reason why I bought one as well! LTD 40cm 199gm.

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Originally Posted by ARPRINCE View Post
I agree and reason why I bought one as well! LTD 40cm 199gm.

Hey, another guy rocking Red shifting with DA brakes. High five.

Lol, you've even got Jagwire Elite too
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The problem with Merlin is that currently, they have a $25.00 flat fee shipping. They no longer have free shipping to the U.S.
Yep. I’ve spent more thousands there than my wife needs to know and now this shipping charge is killing me.

Ive talked to them and they don’t know why it began or when/if it’ll end. If the shipping was a little lower their prices would still beat most places.

It appears they no longer ship bikes here either. At all.
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