Homo Suburbiensis wrote:I would say that the bars on that Scott are fitted very unconventionally. The main thing that dictates optimal bar angle is the position on the drops. If you think about how the hand positions change when the bar is rotated, the tops remain in the same position and the hoods are largely unaffected as you can mount/adjust them independently of the bar. The biggest change is the position of the drops, hence bar rotation is dictated by this. I am not taking a swipe at you, but I think with the development and popularity of compact bars (where they are largely designed so that an optimal drop angle has the top of the bar/shoulder parallel to the ground) everyone now just wrongly assumes that the bar should be rotated so that the top/shoulders of the bars are parallel to the ground. If you look at some older traditional shaped bars, achieving this parallel top section by rotating the bar up and mounting the hoods on the furthest point from the handlebar would result in a ridiculous bar position.
Here is an example of a very poor bar rotation. The drops behind the levers are basically perpendicular to the ground, you would have to bend your wrists a lot (and uncomfortably) just to ride in the drops.
Here is an example of a bike of similar handlebars with much better rotation. As you can see it is rotated down and the hoods are mounted higher as a result.
Both those photos look pretty ordinary IMO. The bars on both have a relaxed angle where the hoods mount.
We come in all different shapes and sizes, what is comfortable is what counts. The poster I was responding to was not comfortable so I tried to give him some ideas that have worked for me. They will either work or not.
I cbfed taking a photo of my S5 but it is almost level where the hoods mount on the 3T ergonova bars and I can sit in the drops for hours. The levers are mounted in the middle of the guide markings. I reckon this is because the bars have a much tighter bend where the hoods mount than the ones posted.
You've made me think about handlebars a bit anyway so thanks.