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Suggestions on short reach round handlebars, classic bend with flat drops?

Old 01-29-15, 01:46 PM
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Suggestions on short reach round handlebars, classic bend with flat drops?

I am putting together a Colnago C40 and am looking for a short reach (around 75mm) round handlebar preferably with a "classic" bend and flat drops that are long enough for my entire hand, if possible with more than 130mm drop.

I have several handlebars that are close,
Soma Highway 1 - Good reach, very slight curve in drops
FSA Energy New Ergo - Good reach, too much curve in drops
3T Ergonova Reach ok, drops curved and too short
Ritchey WCS Carbon Evolution Too much reach, nice drops
Deda 215 Anatomic - Too much reach, nice drops

The Soma Hiqhway One is currently my first choice, but I'm hoping there might be something with a bit more drop and completely flat drops.

My stem is Deda so Deda handlebars would make a nice match, but fit and comfort are the most important.

I have read hundreds of threads and links, but in most cases the models are no longer made, so I am hoping that someone might have suggestions based on more current models
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Ritchey also has a 'Logic Curve' model, which is 73mm reach and 128mm drop (<- if that's enough?).

Here's one listed (with great pics of the shape):
Ritchey WCS Logic Curve Alloy Road Handlebar Drop Bar 31 8mm 44cm C C Black | eBay

I previously had the 'Logic II', which was ~82mm and 144mm. I'm liking the curve more
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3T Tornova, Pro Vibe Round. Ritchey Neo Classic is the right shape but not enough drop.

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My SuperLogic EvoCurve are 130mm drop 80mm reach in 44mm size if that's enough...
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PRO PLT Round? Was considering these for a new build, but in the end was concerned with the lever placement as far as I could tell from pics and info online. The PRO Vibe rounds looked a bit deep. Went with Deda RHM01s instead... 2 weeks ago-which appear to be making a state by state tour of the US!

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I've got the Soma Hwy 1 bars on several bikes and really like it. I also have the Civia Emerson on a bike, and it is very similar to the Soma except it has perhaps a little more drop. Here's are side views of my Soma Saga and Ritchey cross bike with the Highway 1 bars to give you an idea of the shape and drop.
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You may want to look into the Modolo Anotomica bars (model might be Q-Even?). I don't know the exact dimension/drop. They have a classic bend to them, except with flat drops. The were my favorite bar in the late 80s, early 90s.

There are usually several available at any time one ebay. Here's one example: Modolo Speedy Anatomic Design Handlebar C to C 40cm Clamp 26mm Made in Italy | eBay
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
I've got the Soma Hwy 1 bars on several bikes and really like it. I also have the Civia Emerson on a bike, and it is very similar to the Soma except it has perhaps a little more drop. Here's are side views of my Soma Saga and Ritchey cross bike with the Highway 1 bars to give you an idea of the shape and drop.
I have those two bars (Hwy 1 and Emerson) on a couple of my bikes. They are virtually identical, but the Hwy 1 has a little bit more length to the drops. They fit my shifters about the same and the curve is very similar with the Hwy 1 curving back just a little quicker, thus the extra length in the drips. I like that because my hands reach the levers really easily from the hooks. But the Emerson functions really very similarly, I'd be happy with either (am happy with either).
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I would recommend the Pro Vibe Round, except that the return seems just about 1cm short.
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Thanks, as you mention the lever placement is important, it's that balance between a comfortable position on the hoods and a comfortable position in the drops that I am looking for. I will do some more research on the Pro Vibes, I have seen them mentioned quite a bit. Good luck with your Deda RHMs, I would be interested in hearing how they work out.

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PRO PLT Round? Was considering these for a new build, but in the end was concerned with the lever placement as far as I could tell from pics and info online. The PRO Vibe rounds looked a bit deep. Went with Deda RHM01s instead... 2 weeks ago-which appear to be making a state by state tour of the US!

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Thanks, the shape does look good, quite similar my FSA Energy New Ergo.
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Ritchey also has a 'Logic Curve' model, which is 73mm reach and 128mm drop (<- if that's enough?).

Here's one listed (with great pics of the shape):
Ritchey WCS Logic Curve Alloy Road Handlebar Drop Bar 31 8mm 44cm C C Black | eBay

I previously had the 'Logic II', which was ~82mm and 144mm. I'm liking the curve more
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Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
I have those two bars (Hwy 1 and Emerson) on a couple of my bikes. They are virtually identical, but the Hwy 1 has a little bit more length to the drops. They fit my shifters about the same and the curve is very similar with the Hwy 1 curving back just a little quicker, thus the extra length in the drips. I like that because my hands reach the levers really easily from the hooks. But the Emerson functions really very similarly, I'd be happy with either (am happy with either).
Thanks for that comparison! I agree the Soma's are excellent!
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Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
3T Tornova, Pro Vibe Round. Ritchey Neo Classic is the right shape but not enough drop.
Thanks, the Tornova has an ovalized top section doesn't it? But the Ritchey Neo Classic does indeed look perfect, the drop is the least important factor, so will have to do more research on this bar!

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Have you thought about a classic Cinelli:

64 Giro D'Italia Alloy Bar - 42cm - silver*| Cinelli-USA
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Perhaps Zipp Service Course SL 70? Zipp - Speed Weaponry | Bars | Service Course SL-70?
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Perhaps Zipp Service Course SL 70? Zipp - Speed Weaponry | Bars | Service Course SL-70?
Yes this is also a bar I have on my radar!
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Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
3T Tornova, Pro Vibe Round. Ritchey Neo Classic is the right shape but not enough drop.
I wound up getting the Ritchey NeoClassic and have used them for a couple of weeks now, including a 2 1/2 hour session on the trainer. These are exactly what I was looking for.
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I am glad I could help
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