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Best looking handlebar + stem combination

Old 12-04-14, 01:14 PM
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Best looking handlebar + stem combination

I'm in the middle of building a new road bike and I was wondering what kind of stem / handlebar I should get. Now I'm kinda sold on the Ritchey wet black look, but I'd love to see everyone's favorite. Either carbon or alloy can work. My frame is black with small red decals here and there.

EDIT: I'd also love to see your suggestions in handlebar drop style too. I had a compact before, but I found it too weird looking.

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Originally Posted by nemeseri View Post
I'm in the middle of building a new road bike and I was wondering what kind of stem / handlebar I should get. Now I'm kinda sold on the Ritchey wet black look, but I'd love to see everyone's favorite. Either carbon or alloy can work. My frame is black with small red decals here and there.

EDIT: I'd also love to see your suggestions in handlebar drop style too. I had a compact before, but I found it too weird looking.
So Im new here and just getting into riding, I got a great CL deal on a nice 2006 CR1 Team Edition, I took it i to get it fitted as suggested. The bike is a 58cm compact frame, they said I should be on a 56cm. It had some real nice older carbon bars with a deep drop and a stem heading for the moon, the set up gave the shop a good laugh. I went away with some cheep compact drop alloy bars a shorter stem that was more level.

Everyone at the shop said the the compact drop bars are the way to go for to many reasons for me to list, including looks.
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I don't think I've ever paid attention to anyone's handlebar/stem combo in person.
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I prefer ec-90 aero bars from easton, but everyone's different.
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Old 12-04-14, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I don't think I've ever paid attention to anyone's handlebar/stem combo in person.
Look at the HotRNot thread.
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I liked the FSA K-Wings I had, but they broke when my bike hit the freeway at 70mph.
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I've been a fan of Ritchey WCS stems, bars, and seatposts. I'm having to get a little creative with my new seatpost though (odd size).
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Fit should be first concern not looks.
Go with fit then find what looks good to you, that way you'll ride it rather than look at it
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Originally Posted by JTGraphics View Post
Fit should be first concern not looks.
Go with fit then find what looks good to you, that way you'll ride it rather than look at it
While I perfectly agree with this, this thread is now just about the look. Also most companies have a wide range of size of their handlebars / stems.
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I got lucky with my sizing combination, since I had no idea how to account for the upward sloping top tube and reach of the bars I wanted. The reach and drop ended up being perfect for me.

Cinelli Ram XL + Cinelli Neo CK carbon


This set up was stock on the Cinelli Estrada:
Cinelli Estrada review - BikeRadar
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Originally Posted by GhostSS View Post
I got lucky with my sizing combination, since I had no idea how to account for the upward sloping top tube and reach of the bars I wanted. The reach and drop ended up being perfect for me.

Cinelli Ram XL + Cinelli Neo CK carbon


This set up was stock on the Cinelli Estrada:
Cinelli Estrada review - BikeRadar
I'm not a big fan of the aero handlebars, but this one looks HOT.
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Old 12-04-14, 04:54 PM
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What is your price range?
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Originally Posted by Bunyanderman View Post
What is your price range?
Let's say $3-400 for the handlebar and stem combo.
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Originally Posted by nemeseri View Post
Let's say $3-400 for the handlebar and stem combo.
That range is a little high for his standard Chinese carbon suggestion...

Get whatever you like. A lot of people like compact drops, but if you don't, get what you like.
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Originally Posted by Bradleykd View Post
That range is a little high for his standard Chinese carbon suggestion...

Get whatever you like. A lot of people like compact drops, but if you don't, get what you like.
I know that there are a wide range of options in this range, that's why I started this thread to get suggestions based on look.

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3T stems seem to be really popular.
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Deda Superleggera / Superleggero in black on black. It's what I have (on both my bikes) so it must be right....
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I don't think I've ever paid attention to anyone's handlebar/stem combo in person.
Same here.
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Aesthetics are the mix of consideration but a sad premise to base your bar and stem choice upon.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
I liked the FSA K-Wings I had, but they broke when my bike hit the freeway at 70mph.
My favorite bar as well. Inability to withstand crashes at 70 mph on the freeway just isn't acceptable.
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
I've been a fan of Ritchey WCS stems, bars, and seatposts. I'm having to get a little creative with my new seatpost though (odd size).
To me Ritchey makes the best stems on the planet. Their bars and seatposts? Not so much.
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Originally Posted by nemeseri View Post
I'm not a big fan of the aero handlebars, but this one looks HOT.
To me its a close knockoff of the FSA K-wing only without the design nuance that makes the K-wing so exceptional.
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What is wrong wit your current stem?
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