Basic Guide to choose road bike handlebars for faster and more comfortable riding

Table of Contents Material selectionWidthReach vs DropOutward expansionLiftingAlignmentCompatibilityPneumatic integrated handlebarSummary Carbon Road handlebars are one…

Basic Guide to choose road bike handlebars for faster and more comfortable riding

Carbon Road handlebars are one of your main points of contact with your carbon road bike frame, wheelset and so on, so it’s important to have a proper handlebar. If you replace the handlebar with an unsuitable one, it will not only affect the health of your hands, but also the whole upper body posture, so it will have a huge impact on the bike ride. Maybe now you should consider getting a new handlebar, maybe there is a chance for you to have a qualitative improvement and a chance to reduce some bike weight. But how to choose is a problem, today Rinasclta Bike will take you to learn about handlebars and how to better choose the right one for you.

Material selection

At present, the common handlebar materials on the market are mainly divided into aluminum and carbon fiber. The price of aluminum handlebars is relatively low, suitable for riders with limited budget; carbon fiber is relatively expensive, but the pneumatic, weight and shock absorption have greater advantages. If in the case of sufficient budget, choose carbon fiber handlebars more appropriate. For the sake of their own and other people’s riding safety, please do not buy or use cottage carbon fiber handlebars Oh.

Width

Width is usually measured between the ends of the handlebars. the width of FSA/Vision bent handlebars is measured between the centers of the ends, while other brands measure from the outside of one end to the outside of the other. The width of the drop handlebar usually increases in 2cm/20mm increments. Riders with wide shoulders will get higher handling and increased breathing capacity from wider handlebars, but riders who are too wide will end up with neck and shoulder pain due to increased weight caused by a sinking upper body riding position. The rule of thumb is to match the width of the handlebars to the width of the shoulders, but we recommend riders use professional bike Fitting to ensure a healthy and safe body.

Reach vs Drop

Reach refers to the horizontal distance from the top handlebar to the very front of the handlebar. The length of this section, like the handlebar length we often refer to, affects the amount of forward reach of the body, and is sometimes even used as a supplement to the handlebar length. But the investigation of the material and shape, as well as the relationship between the strength of the handlebar, the general handlebar Reach more in the length between 70-80mm wandering, a few special handlebars will reach 90mm or even longer.

Drop refers to the drop distance from the upper handlebar position to the lower handlebar position, which will affect the height of the upper body when holding the lower handlebar. the larger the drop, the greater the degree of holding the lower handlebar down, but when holding the upper handlebar and hand position, there is no great impact. Common drops from 125-140mm or more are available, along with the derivation of the traditional handlebar, small curved handlebar, pneumatic handlebar and other different shapes, so that riders can choose the right handlebar type for their personal preferences.

Outward expansion

Outflanking refers to the amount of vertical outward tilt of the lower handlebar, measured in degrees. Most road handlebars have little or no flare. On the other hand, gravel and long-distance models have curved handlebars with a greater angle of flare to provide more comfort and control while you ride. 

Lifting

Most of the common bent handlebars on the market have the top of the handle flush with the fixation. When gravel riding became popular, so did the lift handlebar. They are designed to increase the height of the rider’s grip when riding on gravel, thus providing better handling and comfort when dealing with irregularities. For example, FSA’s K-Wing AGX handlebar height has been increased by 10mm to provide a more upright riding position. 31.8mm handlebar diameter and 34 x 21 ergonomic oval section, while the handlebar also supports ACR and SCR alignment systems to create a low wind resistance and hidden alignment style.

Alignment

Few common handlebars on the market can support full internal alignment, and aerodynamics is the goal that FSA and Vision have been pursuing, so if you have a fanatical demand for road bike modifications, it is especially important to choose a handlebar that suits you. There are many different types of handlebars on the market, and choosing one that really suits you may not be an easy task. But you should not get tangled up in this. Vision brings modification convenience for riders, specifically for advanced riders to create the “ACR” alignment system, maybe it is your choice.

FSA / Vision launched the ACR fully integrated operating system (Aero Cable Routing), this set of patent applications, handlebars, curved handlebars can be perfect, storage will be exposed on the outside of the frame cable tube. By using the ACR system, not only can you improve the quality of the whole bike, but also an indispensable element for the new era of high-end bikes.

Compatibility

The compatibility of the handlebars is one of the issues that many riders consider, and the needs of each individual will vary greatly for different riding ranges. When you expect to participate in a triathlon, or to participate in an ITT, which requires riders to lower their upper body to gain greater riding benefits, but the original handlebars can not safely provide such a riding position, can only consider the installation of third-party accessories, but because many product specifications and safety issues have restrictions, resulting in the inability to install. The Metron 4D Flat M.A.S. Handlebars solve this problem and redefine the value of road bikes.

The Metron 4D Flat M.A.S. is based on the Metron 4D and combines ergonomics and aerodynamics to develop the exclusive Modular Aero System (M.A.S., Modular Aero System), which allows riders to install or remove the extension handlebars as needed to meet various riding needs. Its special reinforced carbon fiber structure allows the perfect ratio of strength and lightness. It also has a hidden alignment design and supports electronic shifting systems such as Di2.

Pneumatic integrated handlebar

If you look at the top road bikes of major brands in the past two years, you will surely find that pneumatic handlebars have gradually become the standard for top models. Among the 19 top teams in 2021, 5 teams used VISION Metron 5D and 6D integrated handlebars, providing the perfect solution for riders who pursue pneumatics, thus achieving rigidity, comfort, pneumatics, full internal travel and full integration.

Summary

Everyone’s height and size are different, so you should keep feeling the most suitable riding style for yourself during each ride, so as to adjust the various settings of the handlebars, even the smallest details can cause the difference of riding feeling. Vision and FSA also offer a variety of width and handlebar options, carbon fiber or aluminum, to meet your different needs.

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