3T Ergonova Team Stealth Handlebar
It's all about the shape with the Ergonova Team handlebar - the egg-shape that is. 3T's designers refer to the flat profile on the tops as egg-shaped because it is a cross between round and oval. An interesting observation on the egg profile is that it is not centered like most flat top bars, but directed forward. Meaning, the rear of the tops of the bars are in the same place as a standard round bar while the egg-shaped profile extends forward. The heel of your palm contacts the bar at the same distance as a round bar, but the hand support and fit is forward. You don't sacrifice your ideal distances for ergonomics. It is a very clever way of designing an optimal set-up. It is also important to note that the shaping here terminates well before the stem clamp area, so you can install most clip-on aero bars without issue.
Beyond that, the shape just feels right. It is extremely comfortable and a natural fit to your hands. The tops have longer radius angle where the bar bends forward towards the brake/shift levers to provide more room on the tops and a smoother transition to the controls. The drops are 123mm deep and feature the popular compact bend. Compact bends have an increasing radius and are combined with a shallow drop. It gives a bar an anatomical feel without anatomical bends. Hand placement and movement feels automatic, as if the bar was knows where you want your hands at all times. Brilliant actually. It's clear that 3T did their homework when designing the ergonomics of the Ergonova.
The transition of the top of the radius works well for setting up all current shifter designs. You can easily get a nice flat transition out to the shifter extension. This helps maintain a healthier wrist angle. The constant thickness UD carbon construction is super stiff and durable. A gloss coating and crisp graphics add a distinctive flair. A sandpaper like texture applied to the fixing areas of the stem and brake/shifters. This feature pretty much guarantees no slippage when everything is installed properly, but 3T still recommends the use of friction paste for ultimate safety.The familiar red graphics denote that the bar is a 3T Team level product and is the same product used in the professional ranks.
It's important to note that the bars are measured center to center at the ends of the drop. Each end flares out by 6° less than one centimeter each. This effectively means that the bars are 16mm narrower at the hoods. For example, the size 46cm measures 460mm c-c at the drop ends, while the c-c measurement at the hoods is actually 444mm. The Ergonova is available in 38cm-46cm widths and offered in 31.8mm bar clamp diameter only.
- World Tour-level carbon compact handlebar with excellent ergonomics and shaping
- UD carbon construction with gloss finish
- Internal cable routing features recessed grooves as well
- Egg-shaped top section extends forward from center of bar, not back
- Clip-on aero bar compatible
- Textured surfaces on all clamping areas
- 31.8mm clamp diameter
- Sizes: 38, 40, 42, 44, 46
- Weight: 198 grams (42cm)
- Measured center to center at the end of the drops
- 6° flare at the drops makes the hoods 16mm closer c-c
- Reach: 77mm
- Drop: 123mm