Want to ride fast and comfortable? Teach you how to recognize and choose road vehicle handlebars
Road handlebars are one of the main points of contact between you and your bicycle, so having a suitable handlebar is important. If an inappropriate handlebar is replaced, it not only affects hand health, but also affects the posture of the entire upper body, which can have a huge impact on cycling. Perhaps now you should consider replacing it with a new handlebar, which may provide you with a qualitative improvement and also a chance to reduce some of the vehicle's weight. But how to choose is a problem. Today, Meiqi Network will take you to understand the handlebars of a car and how to better choose the handlebars that are suitable for you.
Road handlebars are one of your main points of contact with your bike, so having the right one is important. If you replace the improper handlebar, it will not only affect the health of your hands, but also affect the posture of the entire upper body, so it will have a huge impact on the riding of the bicycle, maybe now you should consider changing to a new handlebar, maybe there is The opportunity allows you to have a qualitative improvement, and also has the opportunity to reduce some car weight. But how to choose is a problem. Today, Meiqi.com will take you to learn about the handlebars and how to better choose the handlebars that suit you.
At present, the common handlebar materials on the market are mainly divided into aluminum alloy and carbon fiber. The price of aluminum alloy handlebars is relatively low, suitable for riders with limited budget; carbon fiber is relatively expensive, but has greater advantages in aerodynamics, weight and shock absorption. If the budget is sufficient, it is more appropriate to choose a carbon fiber handlebar. For the safety of yourself and others, please do not buy or use counterfeit carbon fiber handlebars.
Width is usually measured between the ends of the handlebar. FSA/Vision's drop bar width is measured between the center of the ends, while other brands measure from the outside of one end to the outside of the other. The width of the drop handlebars usually increases in 2cm/20mm increments. Riders with wider shoulders will get more control and breathability from wider bars, but riders who are too wide will end up with neck and shoulder pain due to the added weight due to the upper body sinking into the riding position. The rule of thumb is to match the width of the handlebars to the width of the shoulders, but we recommend that riders use professional bike fitting to ensure physical fitness and safety.
Reach and Drop
Reach refers to the horizontal distance from the upper bar to the front end of the handlebar. The length of this section is like the length of the stem we often mention, which will affect the amount of forward extension of the body, and sometimes it is used as a supplement to the length of the stem. . However, considering the relationship between material and shape, as well as the strength of the handlebar, the reach of the general handlebar is mostly between 70-80mm in length, and a few special handlebars can reach 90mm or even longer.
Drop refers to the drop distance from the upper handle to the lower handle, which will affect the height of the upper body when holding the lower handle. The larger the Drop, the greater the degree of lowering when holding the lower handle, but it does not have much impact when holding the upper handle and changing the position of the hand. The common drop ranges from 125-140mm and above, and different shapes such as traditional handlebars, small bend handlebars, and aerodynamic handlebars are derived, so that riders can choose the appropriate handlebar type according to their personal preferences.
Spread is the amount, in degrees, that the bottom of the handlebar tilts outward from the vertical. Most road handlebars have very little flare or none at all. On the other hand, both gravel and long-distance bikes have wider flared bars for more comfort and control when you're riding.
Common bent bars on the market, most of the top of the handle is flush with the fixing. When gravel riding became popular, so did lift bars. The design purpose of the lifting handle is to increase the height of the rider's grip when riding on gravel, so as to deal with irregular road surfaces and bring better control and comfort. For example, FSA's K-WING AGX handlebar height has been increased by 10mm for a more upright riding position. The handlebar diameter is 31.8mm and the ergonomic oval part is 34 x 21. At the same time, the handlebar also supports ACR and SCR wiring systems, creating a low wind resistance and hidden wiring style.
Few of the common handlebars on the market can support the full internal routing of the cable tube, and aerodynamics is the goal that FSA and Vision have been pursuing. If you have a fanatical modification demand for road bikes, it is especially important to choose a handlebar that suits you. . There are so many types of handlebars on the market, it may not be easy to choose a handlebar that really suits you. But fellow riders, don’t worry about it. Vision brings modification convenience to riders, and specially created the "ACR" cable routing system for advanced riders. Maybe it is just your choice.
The ACR fully integrated operating system (Aero Cable Routing) launched by FSA/Vision is a patent application. The stem and bend can perfectly accommodate the wire tubes that will be exposed outside the frame. By using the ACR system, it can not only improve the texture of the vehicle, but also an indispensable element of high-end vehicles in the new era.
The compatibility of the handlebars is one of the issues considered by many riders. According to the different riding ranges, everyone's needs will be very different. When you expect to participate in a triathlon, or to participate in an ITT, which requires the rider to lower the upper body to obtain greater riding benefits, but the original handlebars cannot safely provide such a riding position, We can only consider installing third-party accessories, but because many product specifications and safety issues are restricted, it cannot be installed. The Metron 4D Flat MAS handlebar solves this problem and redefines the value of a road bike.
Based on Metron 4D, Metron 4D Flat MAS combines ergonomics and aerodynamics to develop an exclusive modular aero system (MAS, Modular Aero System). Riders can install or remove extension bars according to their needs to meet various riding needs. Its specially reinforced carbon fiber structure achieves a perfect ratio of strength and light weight. It also has a hidden wiring design and supports electronic shifting systems such as Di2.