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The top of the heap.
While we don't hide our preference for shallow, non-anatomic bars, we understand that some folks don't agree. If you're keen on "ergo" bars, then you should give the 3T Ergonova LTD Carbon Handlebar a good look. 3T has lavished the same loving attention to this bar as it has with the more traditionally shaped Rotundo.
The LTD edition of the 3T product line represents the top of the heap. No expense is spared in their quest for the strongest, lightest and loveliest looking handlebar. The lightest carbon composite materials are used, more sophisticated fabrication methods are employed, and the bolts are made from titanium instead of steel. This is a handlebar made to be lightweight, tough and stiff. Weighing just 180g, the Ergonova LTD Carbon Handlebar is one of the lightest carbon bars on the market. The top of the bars are egg or teardrop shaped which is intended to give your hands a flatter, more comfortable surface to hold onto. The designers have also seemed to anticipate some of our objections to "ergo" bars by keeping an eye on the needs of the smaller person. Not only do these bars come in an array of widths ranging from 38 to 44cm (c-c), but the reach is quite moderate at 77mm and the drop is a comfortable 123mm. Whereas a bar like the FSA Wing Pro has a 145mm drop making it very difficult for a rider with small hands to reach the brake levers while in the drops, the 123mm Ergonova drop is much closer to what one would find in a shallow, classic shape bar, giving greater ease of access to the levers and other controls.
3T uses a four-step production lifecycle to make sure that their bars and stems are light, comfortable, aero and durable with a capital D. Beginning with what they call the CAE design visualization, they can visualize and capture a virtual prototype. By using CATIA (Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) technology, they are able to be interactive with their design by creating solid mock ups from the virtual designs, handing them to expert riders for testing, a incorporating their feedback to the design all within a matter of days. The next step takes them to the finite-element analysis which is software that models how the prototype will react to the forces acting on it. After that, the manufacturing process begins, taking full advantage of all the data analysis that they have gathered. Finally 3T then spends hours upon hours engaging both in-house and independent testers to make sure the parts pass the mustard.
Whether you are a Karsten Kroon or a weekend warrior who loves light, reliable equipment with that ergonomic bend, 3T Ergonova LTD Carbon Handlebar will give you supreme performance and comfort. The 3T Ergonova LTD Carbon has 123mm of drop and 77mm of reach. It is designed for a 31.8mm stems. The bar is available in four sizes, 38, 40, 42, and 44cm, measured center-to-center at the drop. Please note that these bars flare out at the drops. Each drop flares out by approximately 2cm, so a set of 42cm c-c bars are, in fact, 40cm c-c at the hoods.
- High-modulus carbon fiber provides exceptional vibration dampening while retaining maximum stiffness
- Top section of the LTD is teardrop shaped for a flatter, more comfortable grip
- CATIA (Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) allows designers to create solid mock-ups from virtual designs, enabling 3T to conduct substantial testing in a shorter period of time
- Note: bars flare out at the drops, with each drop flaring out approximately 1cm, therefore making a 44cm bar measure 42mm c-c at the hoods
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These bars came with clear plastic tubes...
These bars came with clear plastic tubes running through the cable guides in the bars. Are these tubes to be used in any way in the installation of cables or are they there to visually demonstrate that cables should be routed through?
Those tubes are guides for the cables. I would thread the cable through the guide tube, then remove the tube, and then run the housing over the cable.
Round vs Ergo Bars
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I don't know why Competitive Cyclist starts every description of ergo bars with "we don't hide our preference for shallow, non-atomic bars."
The reason bars were round in the past was because they made them by bending the metal around a round pipe. It wasn't because the round shape was more comfortable or better designed or anything.
Ergo bars provide a far more comfortable position while riding in the hoods. An increasing number of people find it a better design.
Bought these for my cat 4 fianc�
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
She loves them. I just hope she wins all her races after spending so much on them. No pro deals here. Great set of bars though. Now I need a pair
3T Ergonova Limited Handlebar
These are pricey but sweet. Very nice channel for the cables and a good fit for the hands when riding on the bars. Drops are very comfortable and feel strong. Superlight and look great.
I highly recommend these if you like quality.
BTW RealCyclist came through big time. I had been waiting for these since November. And they shipped them overnight. Awesome customer service!!