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Should I go wider than the bars on my road bike? Should a gravel bar have a shallow drop with flare? I am liking the look of the Easton EC70 AX but what really works for mixed terrain and is it really different from road?
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Gravel ain't MTB so not much different than road bike.
My 2 cents.
I've tried both a few standard and two 12 degree flare (medium flare) and one high flare (not my cup of tea).
I am not done yet on what i prefer.
I think it's really individual if you like a wider, no flare or medium or wide.
On the high flare version shifters risk to be angled very much.
My next would probably be a 44cm version and on road (and up to now on gravel) i have used 42cm.
Ax Lightness Vial EVO D
Paduano Racing Fidia
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My reason for keeping them is for fast sketchy off-road descents. The feeling of control is confidence inspiring, I'm significantly faster while feeling very secure.
The brake lever angle is not really noticeable and certainly not bothersome.
I'm on the 42s.
I can verify that they are ok in the Chilterns
My gravel bike with with bars that are 2 cm wider than my road bike and I don't like it very much. I wouldn't go wider unless you like wider.
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