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compact bars and big hands

Old 04-23-08, 08:45 AM
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compact bars and big hands

Compact bars are advertised to be suitable for those with small hands or who like a higher position on the drops. I like the idea of being higher on the drops, but I have big hands. Would I find compact bars uncomfortable?
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Old 04-24-08, 10:57 AM
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I would suggest the Ritchey Bio Max bars for you . I have larger hands, the drops on these bars is shallow but the anatomic hand area is larger than on the other bars they offer.
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Old 04-24-08, 12:52 PM
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FWIW, I really like the shape of the FSA compact bars and I have large hands.
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+1 on the Ritchey Bio Max, I have large hands also.
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I just find it odd that the bars I've seen called "compact" have a wider-radius sweep to their drops than almost anything else.

I don't like the drops in "ergo" bars because my hands are too big. On the bottom tips, only half of my hand is supported; on the straighter, angled portion, my hands are smushed from above & below. Putting my hands right at the bend isn't a comfortable option either because my palms don't touch the bar and can't support any weight.

I really want to try "compact" bars on a decently-long test ride. From feeling them in the shop, they seem like their curve is gentle enough that my hand will be fully supported, yet still give me more variations in positioning.
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Originally Posted by michaelmc View Post
FWIW, I really like the shape of the FSA compact bars and I have large hands.
+ 1

I have a SLK "short and shallow" bar on my new bike, I've never used the drops this much before.
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Old 04-24-08, 02:27 PM
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+1 for FSA Wing pro or Omega handlebars.
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Biomax bars have a big anatomic bend in the drops. I like the reach, but not the shape of the drops.
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Old 04-24-08, 03:00 PM
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i have big hands and i love my shallow FSA wing pro
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