Specialized S-Works Shallow Bend Carbon Handlebar
With many handlebars manufacturers offering excellent options in compact carbon handlebars, Specialized found a subtle, smart S-Works-level design that was developed for cyclists with smaller hands, but also with shaped top sections that favor riding on the tops or hoods while climbing or relaxing the arms and shoulders. The FACT carbon construction process allows for virtually any engineered shape and smooth ergonomic transitions. The engineering also takes stiffness, proper and useful compliance and overall strength. At 200 grams for a 42cm width, the S-Works Shallow Bend Carbon Handlebar is a great addition to any bike or rider who embraces the details and measurements.
As noted, this is a shallow drop, at 123mm, with a complementary 75mm reach. This allows for quick hand transitions, but maybe a bit tight for average to large hands. The drop tapers to a slightly flatter section before the end, which then take standard round form, giving you a physical structure that offers leverage and an immediate tactile safety response. The radius of the bar is fully compatible with current Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo levers in all variations, and puts brake lever reach in the best possible place while still allowing full lever pull and shift functions. Moving off the lever hoods and onto the top, the S-Works Shallow Bend Carbon Handlebar has a somewhat oval shape and smooth transitions that create a more comfortable wrist angle and palm support while riding on the tops, but takes into account the smaller hand emphasis. Even wrapped in moderately thick tape, hand pressure and grip on the shape offers effective control.