Handlebar size

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Kiara2K, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. Kiara2K

    Kiara2K New Member

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    Hi,

    Is there any advantage of using a 31.8mm over a 26 mm size handlebar?
    Thanks.
     
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  2. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

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    In theory it's lighter and stiffer, but not so much that you're going to notice.
     
  3. meehs

    meehs New Member

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    The sell line for the oversized (31.8mm) handlebars is that they flex less. I made the switch from standard to oversized and there really is a noticable decrease in handlebar flex. I think the handlebar/stem combo that I got rid of was somewhat flexier than others to begin with though. And I also went from 46 to 44 on my handlebar width. So it's hard to say just how much of the increased stiffness is on account of the larger diameter. I kind of like the stiffer set-up though.
     
  4. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    Don't take the 'lighter' BS as a given.
     
  5. PeterF

    PeterF New Member

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    I'm not sure it's stiffer either... Maybe to Petacchi, but do recreational cyclist really notice the difference? I have a Ritchey WCS bar and stem combo in a 26 and a 31.7 on two different bikes (same make but one has a 1 inch steerer and the other a 1 and 1/8th). They are both very stiff. The stack height on the steerer tube seems to make the only noticeable difference.
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  6. cydewaze

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    I like the flex. It's like front suspension.
     
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