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    Default Please help me with handlebar selection

    Hi,
    I run campy 11sp and have very small hands. The bottom line is I need to find a handlebar that will bring my hands closer to the controls when riding in the drops. The best I've found so far is the Deda Newton Shallows, but its just not close enough. Please help with suggestions for bars that will bring the controls closer.

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    Henrique
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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    A few that might accomplish what you are looking for:

    • Easton EC90 SLX
    • 3T Ergonova
    • FSA WingPro


    I don't know how these compare with your Dedas so, they may or may not do any better for you.

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    Go look at this page. it may raise more questions than it answers, but it does give some objective info.

    Road Drop Bar Geometry : La Rueda Tropical

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    The Ritchie Logic Curve will get you much closer than the Newton shallow. It's one of those bars that's sort of traditional, yet not ergo.

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    I'm probably going to have to my foot in my mouth for disagreeing with Craig, but I can't see how you can get the drops closer to the brake lever than on correctly set up Newton Shallows. If the shifters sit "on top" of the ramp the way they're designed you still have a considerable amount of ramp that goes under the shifter body towards the back of the brake lever. I have regular sized hands but sausage palms and thumbs from years of playing goalie in our indoor league and I looked for a bar that would do exactly what you say. The best combo I found was the Newton. I guess I can explain it better but I'd have to pull out the MS Paint.
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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    i'd have to see a pic, but many people mount levers on newton shallows too high to try and get a flat ramp, and it makes the reach to the levers in the drops all wacky. i'd test some compacts in a store and see what you think.

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    Quote Originally Posted by quickag View Post
    but I can't see how you can get the drops closer to the brake lever than on correctly set up Newton Shallows.
    +1 -the larger radius bend on compact bars puts your hand farther back and farther from the levers then traditional round bend bars. A shallow round bend bar like the Newton would normally be good for small hands.

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    it depends on where you hold the drops, if you ride more in the hooks, i.e. higher up, compacts will bring the levers in a little closer, if you frequent the flats on the bottom, then yes, a shallower traditional would be closer. most compacts do have a shorter reach as well, which is something you have to consider as well besides curve shape alone.

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    It's all interesting, but difficult to judge even when you set up bikes side by side. I think there are variables related to shifter position as fatallightening says. The different generation shift lever shape on my bikes may also play a part. As you can see in the photos below, the Ritchie Logic Curve and Newton Shallow appear to offer about the same reach. But my impression while riding is that the Newton's are a further reach. I think you could likely make either bar work to meet your needs. It's a pity to not be comfortable in the drops, so I'd sacrifice a bit of upper bar flat to get it. Some people get wild with bar tilt. In these photos the bars are pointed at the rear brake bridge. Good luck finding what works.

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    Here are some comparison overlays from the flash animation on my blog. The traditional bend bars are more likely to be rotated like I have the Deda bar and the sharp bend where the brake is mounted on compact bars allows big changes in position with small shifts in lever position so YMMV.

    deda2.jpgdeda.jpgzipp.jpg

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    Possibly these:

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    Default Re: Please help me with handlebar selection

    http://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum...ach-18009.html

    This was a thread from a while back. I also have very very small hands and even on 3T Rotundo bars I was having problems with Campy shifters. I used a small machine screw under the lever release to more or less shorten the reach to the brake lever. It was the only thing that worked for me, regardless of which bar I tried....and I tried a few. I finally switched to SRAM purely for that reason.

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