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New 3T Ergonoma Team Handlebars - Any Special Tips?

Old 11-06-11, 06:47 PM
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New 3T Ergonoma Team Handlebars - Any Special Tips?

My bike has very little carbon throughout, other than the fork, so I haven't had much experience dealing with carbon components. Other than tightening the bolts evenly and to the proper torque spec, are there any special considerations I should have in mind when replacing my old handlebars?

After years of riding with a reach and drop that I always found uncomfortable, I finally decided to see what other handlebars were available. I can't believe I never bothered to look before but these compact bars should be just the ticket to keep me comfy on the hoods and in the drops.
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If you've not yet placed your order, be aware that the Ergonovas flare out at the drops, and are measured c-c at the drops. This means that a 42cm bar is just under 40cm c-c at the hoods.

Otherwise, nothing really to consider.
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Originally Posted by MajorMantra View Post
If you've not yet placed your order, be aware that the Ergonovas flare out at the drops, and are measured c-c at the drops. This means that a 42cm bar is just under 40cm c-c at the hoods.

Otherwise, nothing really to consider.
^^this, and its fairly important!!
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Handlebar shape is huge for comfort. You really don't know until you try a given bar. I ride the FSA Kwing compact, which have a different shape than the 3T. Same width measurement as mentioned tho so go one size up.
As to set up...set up is big for me. Even after selecting a given handlebar, position of the level on the bar and the right bar angle striking a balance if not compromise between hood and drop comfort is key. Compact bars for a vast amount of riders really improve riding comfort...including the flat palm area on the tops as with the Kwing.
A tip is..and this applies to any drop bar set up is...before you tape the bars, ride the bike with levers where you think you want them and experiment with not only hood position but bar angle. Once you have experimented and are confident you have found the best position, then tape the bars.
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Yep, I knew about the width differences going in. I was moving from a 38 cm bar (hood center to hood center), and the Ergonova measured 40 cm, which is what I wanted. Wow, what a difference with the shorter reach and drop. I actually feel comfortable for the first time in the drops and I get SO much more power on the climbs when I'm pulling on the hoods rather than just holding the bent edges of the handlebar.

Now I just need a little practice wrapping tape . . . my first job wasn't the best.

Oh, by the way, if the torque spec to clamp the handlebar to the stem is 5 N-m, does that mean the torque spec for the shifter/brake levers clamping on the handlebar is also 5 N-m?
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