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Is there a comparison of current narrow/shallow sprint handlebars?

Old 12-02-19, 08:16 AM
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Rumor has it that 3T is discontinuing the Scattos. Don't know if they have something planned, but 3T is out of stock - on their site and through their distribution channels.

EDIT: Confirmed with 3T. They are discontinuing it.

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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
Rumor has it that 3T is discontinuing the Scattos. Don't know if they have something planned, but 3T is out of stock - on their site and through their distribution channels.

EDIT: Confirmed with 3T. They are discontinuing it.
Take a look at Wiggle and CRC
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
Rumor has it that 3T is discontinuing the Scattos. Don't know if they have something planned, but 3T is out of stock - on their site and through their distribution channels.

EDIT: Confirmed with 3T. They are discontinuing it.
Chinese copy ruined the market?
Many of them being used by track racers here in Brazil. Very cheap, maybe 1/4 of original price.
And... 75% of the weight.. I just wonder where is this material reduction located... ;-)
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wow. that seems like a strange move. maybe they have something else on the way in time for the olympics?
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At the moment I'm riding 32cm handlebars. Does anyone know a bar that is more narrow and easily available?
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At the moment I'm riding 32cm handlebars. Does anyone know a bar that is more narrow and easily available?
nothing cheap and easily available will come narrower than 32... I guess the closest thing "on the shelf" is the Lann bars from Aerocoach that come in 30 (at the top) that flare out to 34. Narrower than that you're looking at custom or bleeding edge for Tokyo

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Here's a 30cm option: https://bikerumor.com/2020/01/02/wx-...rHg95Pzx0x-72I

Reportedly costs $10k though.
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Originally Posted by Morelock View Post
nothing cheap and easily available will come narrower than 32... I guess the closest thing "on the shelf" is the Lann bars from Aerocoach that come in 30 (at the top) that flare out to 34. Narrower than that you're looking at custom or bleeding edge for Tokyo
Real talk, you could probably buy a set of 34cm chromoly Nittos, have them professionally bent to 30cm, sandblasted, and re-chromed for less than $500 total. Maybe closer to $300.

Also, they arenít that heavy but stiff as hell.
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
Real talk, you could probably buy a set of 34cm chromoly Nittos, have them professionally bent to 30cm, sandblasted, and re-chromed for less than $500 total. Maybe closer to $300.

Also, they arenít that heavy but stiff as hell.
Yeah custom isn't really that hard to make happen. Plenty of carbon guys could chop up your handlebar of choice and re-purpose it at about any width you could imagine. A lot of guys did that with Sphinx bars back when the UCI cracked down on the reach on them (those bars are also notoriously flexy) chop them into 8-10 pieces and turn them into stiffer, more acceptable designed bars, some of the 3T aero road bars are other common candidates. Still though... it's sort of wish/wash with the rules if you care. Also you have to make sure your carbon man knows what he's doing (for every Len Lochmiller there are probably 20 guys just bodging things together) but that would be the same with welders as well.

Cheapest narrow option with normal'ish reach/drop (330x70x120) is the Worx bars at £99.99. A few places sell children's drop bars a little narrower (32 I think) but they are very shallow. 33 is still the "common" narrowest option, although I'd bet post Tokyo there are a number of options closer to 30.
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For clarification, I was talking about having the Nittos professionally bent, not cut and welded.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube_bending
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C4 Cycleworks makes custom carbon bars. Not sure of the pricing, but they definitely have a few bars floating around the track scene.

https://c4cycleworks.com
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
For clarification, I was talking about having the Nittos professionally bent, not cut and welded.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube_bending
yeah so long as you had the steel ones I suppose you could get away with that.
Personally I stay away from re bent metal, but understand steel is much more forgiving in that respect than everything else.
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I would personally stay away from re-bending bars, specifically because the bent sections end up getting work hardened and pulled along the outer diameter, which results in thinner, more brittle walls along the outside of the curves. Despite steel being forgiving, I can't see the re-bending process not having some sort of detrimental effect on the bars themselves.
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Rejuvenating this thread---in light of the new long-reach / shallow-drop sprint bars coming out for Tokyo, what is currently available for "regular guys" who need to find something affordable? Any good current finds you would recommend?

Ideally, I'm looking for a 100mm or larger reach, and a 125mm or lesser drop.

Width, anything under 40cm outside-to-outside.

I was using the Zipp SC SL-80, but 80mm reach isn't enough. Switched to a friend's old Oval aluminum bar with a 100mm reach, but the drop is too much, so I had to add all of my spacers and bring the stem/bar up to compensate for the extra drop---which is silly. I really just need to find a shallow bar with long reach. Seems so simple in concept, yet so hard to find.
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Dolan are just about to release a 30cm version of their Alpina bars, not really shallow drop though.
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Check with Olympus to see what their reach and drop are.

BT is 95 reach and 148 drop. That's as close to your specs that I can find.
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Dolan are just about to release a 30cm version of their Alpina bars, not really shallow drop though.
Man, that's super narrow. If the reach isn't right, the elbows would be like sails out in the wind, right?

I don't understand why shallow drop bars are such an unusual thing to find...With so many pointing stems upward in the wind to compensate for deep drop, to bring hands up to a more aero position, it would be a natural to just go with a shallow drop and solve two aero problems at once. I just see things pushing wind and it looks like watts being wadded up and thrown out the window.

I'm not discounting the thought that designing/manufacturing a shallow drop bar which can withstand the same torque and stress without failing is no walk in the park.
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Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
Check with Olympus to see what their reach and drop are.

BT is 95 reach and 148 drop. That's as close to your specs that I can find.
Olympus has pretty substantial reach, but the drop looks to be 149-ish from their diagram.

I could just cut a few inches off of my arms, and this would be a whole lot easier...
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Is this a crazy idea?...

Nitto B135AA SSB Randonneur Touring Handlebar.....these come in a 39cm with 105mm reach and 120mm drop, which looks pretty nice dimensionally for a sprint setup.
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S1NEO makes a track handlebar that has 150mm reach and 150mm drop.
and it comes with 33,34,36,38, and 40 width
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S1NEO makes a track handlebar that has 150mm reach and 150mm drop.
and it comes with 33,34,36,38, and 40 width
Too much drop, but still interesting.
Canít seem to find bars on their site, do you have a link you could share to see the bars, pricing and details? Thank you.
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Is this a crazy idea?...

Nitto B135AA SSB Randonneur Touring Handlebar.....these come in a 39cm with 105mm reach and 120mm drop, which looks pretty nice dimensionally for a sprint setup.
Not much grip area for standing starts and you'll bruise the heck out of your forearms doing so.
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Not much grip area for standing starts and you'll bruise the heck out of your forearms doing so.
Even with the flared out ends on this bar?
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Originally Posted by Super D View Post
Even with the flared out ends on this bar?
They don't seem to be as flared as "sprint" bars, but I guess they could work. I'd try before you buy them.

Also, are you cool with the width options of 39cm, 42cm, and 45cm?
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They don't seem to be as flared as "sprint" bars, but I guess they could work. I'd try before you buy them.

Also, are you cool with the width options of 39cm, 42cm, and 45cm?
39 is doable, would like narrower but the reach and drop is most important for me for fit at the moment. Tough to find everything needed.

Carleton, it's such an odd bar to find, no way for me to try before buying, but thankfully, it's also not very expensive. Ordered one, will report back after giving it a few sessions.

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