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Compact handle bars - I'm a convert

Old 04-27-09, 07:34 PM
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Compact handle bars - I'm a convert

First ride today with some 3T Ergonova Pro bars installed. 20mm less drop, more flare. I also put on a 10mm longer stem. Was never happy with the standard ControlTech bars (CAAD9) and have been riding bullhorns. ControlTech bars were too deep and had no flare.

On the climb I think I need to tilt the bars up a bit as I was a bit 'down' on the hoods. Otherwise fine.

On the descent I was much more comfortable. Low, but not overly so (had to remind myself to sit back a bit and keep some weight on the saddle). The flare is great - no more banging wrists on the top part of the bars.

Shape of bend in the drops is more comfortable and I can get plenty of reach for powerful braking.

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I also changed saddles from the standard San Marco Ponza-Lux to a Selle Italia Gel Flite with a cut out. Not uncomfortable, but not sold on it as an improvement yet. However, most guys I chat to say they were not really sure one way or another until after a dozen rides.
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Aren't they also a little narrower? I've wondered if that contributes to a slightly more aero position (hands being closer together, although torso width won't change). I ride the FSA Pro Wing carbon bars, and have wanted to change to their compact setup.
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Aren't they also a little narrower? I've wondered if that contributes to a slightly more aero position (hands being closer together, although torso width won't change). I ride the FSA Pro Wing carbon bars, and have wanted to change to their compact setup.
I ordered the same width (42cm) but didn't compare them (can do tonight). It is possible that because of the flare on the drops, the rest of the bar (hoods, top corner bit) are narrower.
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I ordered the same width (42cm) but didn't compare them (can do tonight). It is possible that because of the flare on the drops, the rest of the bar (hoods, top corner bit) are narrower.
I'd be very interested to know how they compare width-wise to the Control Tech Elite. Also, can you weigh the Elite bars? I e-mailed Cannondale for a weight and they couldn't give me one.

Thanks!
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I'd be very interested to know how they compare width-wise to the Control Tech Elite. Also, can you weigh the Elite bars? I e-mailed Cannondale for a weight and they couldn't give me one.

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I will measure tonight, but weight will take a week to get (scales at work). Off to Japan for 7 days tomorrow.
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Khatfull...

The open ends of the bars (ie tips of the drops) are an exact match at 42cm. The compact bars are narrower at the hoods (about 1.5cm or so, hard to tell with the tape on) and even more so heading up to the curved section (almost 2cm). The curve itself is a larger radius on the compact bars.
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Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
Khatfull...

The open ends of the bars (ie tips of the drops) are an exact match at 42cm. The compact bars are narrower at the hoods (about 1.5cm or so, hard to tell with the tape on) and even more so heading up to the curved section (almost 2cm). The curve itself is a larger radius on the compact bars.
I e-mailed Control Tech asking about the weight of the Elite bars, here's what I got:

Hi Keith,

The ControlTech Elite bar is one we make specifically for Cannondale.

It uses our HMS compact bend.
It is the same shape as our Viento HMS bar found here:
http://www.controltechbikes.com/test....asp?pro_id=62

The reach of the bar is 80mm and the drop is 135mm.
The weight of the Elite is 280 grams.

Thanks very much,
Jason
ControlTech USA


The 3T Ergonova is:

Weight: 260 g (42 cm), Drop: 123 mm, Reach: 77 mm

Not a ton of difference, but a little. I'd still be interested to see how your weight compares to the claimed.
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I just got the FSA wing pro compact, I am really surprised at the difference. I feel more in control on descents and more comfortable on the flats. They do seem a little narrow though on the tops, I think I would have got a size larger had I known.

Material:Aluminum

Width:38, 40, 42, 44cm(center to center)
Clamp:31.8mm
Reach:80
Drop: 125mm
Weight: 264 g.
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I also have a cannondale caad9 and I like the width of the bar but the drop does seem a bit too low to me and for some reason no matter where I place my hands in the drops, it feels like my hands are being scrunched up because of the two bends in the drops being so close together, and my palms being right in between. would the 3T Ergonova Pro bars help me at all? I also like how they are flared.

Are there any other compact handlebars that I would take a look at before I buy the 3T Ergonova Pro bars?
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