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|Black||38cm x 31.8mm|
FSA's new road handlebars are available in multiple widths & shapes. Whether you prefer to spend time on the tops, the hood or in the drops, FSA have an option that will suit your style.
FSA's new Compact Bend combines an 80mm reach with a shallow 125mm drop. Perfect for smaller riders or those who prefer a higher position in the drops.
The omega compact brings our new short drop, short reach compact handlebar design to an affordable OEM price level. Designed to meet the needs of non-elite riders, whilst maintaining a race look and weight. The compact handlebar shape allows comfortable positioning for any level rider.
Road bars are curved to offer a multitude of positions to suit the terrain. When climbing in the saddle you will often ride on the tops which are the part of the bar either side of the stems clamping point. When out of the saddle on climbs or accelerating you will often ride on the lever hoods mounted at the front of the bars curved section. For higher speeds you will find yourself on the drops, which offer a lower more aerodynamic position. Road bars come in a variety of widths, from 36cm wide up to 44cm, a good guide for bar width is your shoulder width, a bar should not be narrower than your shoulders as this can close up your chest, but they should not be so wide that you are creating a large frontal area. Road handlebars come in two clamp sizes, 31.8mm which is oversized and 26/25.8mm which is standard, it is essential that you get the correct clamp size for your stem as a poor fit will slip round. Road bars also come in different shapes and depths, with various bends for ergonomic reasons, some will also feature grooves in the material for your brake and gear cables to slot into, this helps to keep the bar round once tape is applied. Then there is the all-in-one bar and stem systems from brands such as Cinelli's Ram 2 and the Pro Stealth which offer clean lines and look great with their exposed carbon finish.
The driving force of bicycle component maker Full Speed Ahead is well captured in their name. FSA stays ahead of the competition through design innovation and manufacturing expertise. FSA's manufacturing base is in Taiwan, but they are truly a global company, with offices in the USA & Italy that collaborate to direct FSA's component development. FSA offers solutions for speed across a broad range of bicycle components; from headsets to wheels; cranksets and bottom brackets, Vision Time Trial & Triathlon bars and handlebars & stems. Why FSA win: Using ceramic, stainless steel, titanium and a half dozen grades of aluminium and numerous composite materials including molded, tubular and high-compression plate carbon fibre gives them the ability to apply the perfect material to each specific application.
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So-called 'compact' drop handlebars are already a standard fitment on many sportive bikes, and we love 'em.
The shallow 125mm drop on the Omega makes the transition from hoods to drops less pronounced than a standard 140-160mm drop anatomic bar, and FSA have been generous, providing a longer-than-average section on the drops.
The design also has a shorter forward reach than most anatomic bars, providing a slightly more upright riding position when your hands are on the hoods. In addition, a double groove rather than a single one makes for slightly neater cable routing.
The butted 6061 alloy tubing is thick enough to withstand the internal expanding clamp of bar-end shifters and the bar is compatible with 31.8mm stems, but we'd like to see a version for 26.0mm as well.
It's good to see the often ignored 38cm width available, along with the usual 40, 42 and 44cm. Fitting the Omega will add around 302g to your bike's heft.
The best value sportive-orientated handlebar around
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