I just built up a new bike and there seems to be a good bit too much reach for me. I can feel my arms/shoulders stretch/pull a bit across the back. For me, drop has never been a problem, I'm very flexible and comfortable riding low but too much reach always causes problems. I am currently current Zipp short and shallow with Campy Chorus 2013 levers, the Zipps have ~85mm reach.
What I'm wondering about is what bars I should look at that have less reach. The reason I'm asking here however, is that I have noticed a significant difference in how much reach there is based on where the levers mount on a given bar vs. what the manufacturer has listed as the reach.
A couple I'm looking at the seem to have a smaller amount of reach based on level position are:
3T Rotundo *position dependent*
Ritchey WCS Classic
Here are a few pictures to illustrate what I'm trying to describe
Ritchey WCS Classic
http://www.google.com/imgres?sa=X&biw=1 ... =116&ty=95" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.google.com/imgres?sa=X&biw=1 ... =186&ty=59" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.google.com/imgres?sa=X&biw=1 ... =125&ty=80" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://biketart.cc/2012/04/bike-crit-iq ... s-marcelo/
http://www.google.com/imgres?biw=1366&b ... =124&ty=46
http://www.google.com/imgres?biw=1366&b ... =138&ty=74
But if shorter reach is the primary concern, the Profile Design Canta SS is worth checking out. Its possibly the shortest reach bar I can find. Reach is only 70mm compared to the 80+mm on most other bars out there.
Hopefully its of help.
Cinelli Vai Palm XL if you can find them, i think they are discontinued. I have these. 70/128. Flat top, traditional style drop.
They are heavy tho @ 310g in a 42cm. I think the Cinelli Ram 2 VRC is the same shape in carbon.
With the Zipps, I found that they were very angle sensitive as well, but not in the same way as the Rotundos. Since they have a slight "kink" in their bend, angling them will really change the way they feel. If you are looking for shorter reach by using handlebars and not stem, these would fit the bill IMO.
Notice how on the Zipps the levers are mounted higher because the ramps on the Zipps are essentially flat and drop off immediately, whereas on the Rotundos the levers are mounted lower as the ramps extended downward with the increased reach. You definitely won't be able to get that short of reach with the Rotundos, even with the levers mounted higher. If you're looking for shorter reach, I would advise either avoiding traditionally shaped bars or going to a shorter stem.
Its funny in that drop has never been the problem, reach always has
Granted that is all theory and something I was hoping someone would have some insight into.
I have recently switched back to my old Easton EA70's and these seem to be notably better than the Zipp Short and Shallow in this regard. Still think the SSR or the Easton SLX3 might be better but I already had the EA70's so figured it was worth a shot
The tops are nice and oval with a cutout along the bottom, and they have a very comfortable shallow curve.
http://ruedatropical.com/2009/03/road-d ... -geometry/
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