Renthal is a global leader in the manufacturing, design, and sales of motorcycle, ATV and cycle parts and accessories. The current parts portfolio covers a wide range of products for motocross, quad bikes, road bikes, and trials bikes. These market-leading products include handlebars, grips, bar mounts, levers, hand guards, chainwheels, chain, and brake pads. Our cycle product portfolio includes handlebars, stems, grips and chainrings. Renthal is a global brand, but the manufacturing heart is in Manchester, UK.Attention to every small detail is what it takes to be the best. Everyone dreams of success, but achieving it takes relentless commitment and effort. It’s this obsession for detail, quality and engineering that makes Renthal products the finest on the market today.Renthal is the leading handlebar manufacturer for motorcycle and ATV aftermarket sales. Additionally, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki currently choose to fit Renthal handlebars as original equipment.Different manufacturers will shape their bars their own way, and you’ll also find adventure road bikes, gravel bikes and cyclocross bikes will sweep them out at the end to create a wider and more stable platform when riding in the drops.
Though of course movements such as cornering should come largely from shifts in body weight, your handlebars are pretty crucial too – and if they’re the weak link in the chain then upgrading them can have a noticeable effect.This measurement gives you a baseline – if it’s 38cm, look for 38cm bars – and so on. However, personal preference and riding style play a role, too. If, for example, aerodynamics are important to you, perhaps opt one size down. When we reviewed these, the smallest size was a 38cm – but now, these start from 36cm and go all the way up to 48cm – giving riders of all shapes and sizes a great option. The problem with carbon handlebars is that they’re much more expensive, and a bit more fragile. Though carbon can be very strong, if it’s damaged, it’s not always as readily apparent as it would be on an aluminium bar and could go undetected.Some riders like the stability afforded by slightly wider bars – so you could opt to go one size up – to a 40cm bar. However, this will mean that you are having to move your arms out to reach the levers, causing your shoulder blades to collapse which can cause discomfort.More premium versions will champion a high level of integration. The bar and stem may be one unit, and mounts for items such as cycling computers could be built in.Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as ‘the one about the stolen chickens’. The SL7-70 offers a rounded shape, with a flattened section in the middle – and also comes in an SL-70 Ergo version with a flattened top bar. The SL-80 is more compact, with a flatter shape and shallower drop, whilst the SL-88 uses a traditional roadie shape with the greatest drop. In the case of the 70 and 80, sizes go from 36cm to 46cm, whilst the 88 comes in 40cm to 44cm. We found the bars nice and simple to set up with the internal routing of the cables straightforward too. As for the ride, the bars were stiff enough without feeling too harsh. The 126cm drop enabled a comfy position while still being able to get low enough when required.Fortunately we’ve reviewed plenty of bars at Cycling Weekly and we’ve selected the pick of the bunch here. To further assist you we’ve also answered a few of the commonly asked questions when it comes to choosing the best road handlebars.
When it comes to handlebar width, though you can go up or down a bit depending on preference, there is a right and a wrong answer: too narrow or too wide will cause you pain and have bike fitters all over the world wincing. However, in the case of handlebar shape, it’s much more down to personal preference.The bonus here is the watt saving; on the Bianchi Oltre XR4, improvements to the bar saved a reported 5 watts. The downside is that if you decide you want to make a change to your fit with a shorter or longer stem, you’ll need to fork out for an entirely new unit.In recent years, compact handlebars have become more popular: these feature a straighter shape, which means the lower section of the drop is higher up. In the middle, are ergonomic bars: rounder than traditional bars, but they have a flat section in the centre which is ideal for hand positioning.However, some brands are choosing to beef them up to 31.8mm for improved stiffness. This is fine, but you’ll need a stem with a matching clamp size: no one wants to arrive home with their new purchase to find they’ve not got a stem to fit.Choosing the ideal handlebars for you can have a huge effect on your comfort and performance, for they play a significant role in determining your position and weight distribution, making them one of the best road bike upgrades you can make.Handlebars that improve aerodynamics will often present a smaller surface area at the front, flattening out to create a longer surface area on the top. Bars that are too wide can put pressure on your neck and arms, and will make riding the bike feel a bit like driving a truck. To the contrary, narrow bars will make you feel cramped, but it’s worth remembering that narrower bars will bring your elbows in, having quite a significant impact upon aerodynamics. Sitting in the middle, if you want a fair drop and tend to hold the bar right at its centre point, look for ergo bars where doing so won’t put pressure on your wrists. The bar allows you to adopt a time trial position, without full length extensions. We found the position ergonomic, however, we weren’t convinced the overall effect was that different when compared with just holding the centre of the bars. These ergonomically-designed bars were stiff without feeling harsh and offer excellent value for a carbon option – they come highly recommended. The only downside was a lack of markings to help out with set-up, but once you’ve got them fitted, there isn’t much we can fault.
The standard approach is to measure from the centre of the drops, but some brands measure from the outside, meaning their 40cm bar could be a 38cm in the former approach. It’s best to check what approach the manufacturer you have in mind takes.The rule of thumb when selecting the correct handlebar width is to measure the distance between the two bony bits on your shoulders – in more scientific terms the distance between your two acromioclavicular (AC) joints.They’ve got a traditional, round shape – which we liked – and internal cable routing is neatly taken care of with a flat profile at the front of the tops so bar tape can be used to cover them. Fizik offer the Cyrano handlebar in three shapes: Snake, Chameleon, or Bull – with a shorter reach and drop for the less flexible bull, greatest for the flexible snake, and a middle ground for the chameleon. Zipp’s Service Course SL handlebars an an aluminum option that’s seen refinement over the years to offer three different reach and drop measurements, so you can buy them in an SL-70, SL-70 Ergo, SL-80 or SL-88 guise.
Well, this bar is something a little different. Initially, it was believed this was a UCI legal solution, but the UCI has been very clear that it’s not. However, if you’re not likely to meet with the UCI rule book (which is most of us), then these are still an option.Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women’s Cycling. She joined CW as an ‘SEO Analyst’, but couldn’t keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor.The Expert Alloy handlebars have a drop of 123mm, and a reach of 75mm – they’re fairly shallow, with a round shape. They’re made from butted aluminum and have a 31.8mm clamp. The $75 USD / $100 CAD voucher cannot be used towards the down payment on a motorcycle, must be used by March 31, 2022, can be applied to current customer orders that are on backorder but is not available on previous purchases, future motorcycle orders, or deposits outside of the Sales Period. Limit one $75 USD / $100 CAD voucher per 2021 Pan America and Pan America Special motorcycle at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships. Harley-Davidson and/or dealer are not responsible for lost or stolen offer codes. Offer is subject to change at any time without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent and is non-refundable. $75 USD / $100 CAD Voucher valid at participating U.S. & Canadian H-D Dealers towards the purchase of Genuine H-D Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise.The private promotional offer is valid for the customer named in this offer only and is non-transferable except to the spouse, domestic partner or child living within the same household as the customer named in the offer (must be same residential address). Offer valid on purchase of Genuine H-D Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise only made on or between December 27, 2021 through March 31, 2022. As discussed above, handlebar rise is similar to upsweep, but instead determines the distance between the centre of the clamp area and the inside “hoods” on mountain bike handlebars.In this guide, I’ve only covered MTB and road bike handlebars. Read my comprehensive guide if you’re looking to learn more about the many different handlebar types available to you.
Measuring the drop on road bike handlebars is another technical faff, so click here to view my easy step by step guide with images at the bottom of the page.
By selecting the ideal pair of handlebars for your riding style, bike and body type, you stand to benefit from increased comfort, speed and control while cycling.Unlike mountain bike handlebars, you can’t trim drop handlebars to size, so you’ll need to take your measurement before AC measurement to make sure you’re buying the correct size.Bear in mind that lightweight isn’t always better. For example, a pair of carbon handlebars may only weigh 150g, but they’re much less durable than pair of steel handlebars and more prone to damage if knocked or dropped.By learning how to measure your bike handlebars correctly, you’ll be able to get rid of those niggling pressure pains you have when using your current handlebars.
If you struggle to get your drop handlebars on the scales, use a larger platform to place the bars on top of. Then, make sure to zero the scales before weighing your handlebars. On the other hand, narrow mountain bike handlebars are better for narrow trails and open up your shoulders and back, reducing fatigue and improving aerodynamics on rolling sections. Your average pair of road bike drop handlebars weigh between 200 – 400g (0.44 – 0.88lb), although many top-end carbon bars weigh as little as 120g (lb).
The most popular handlebar on the market for 2015-2022 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® models — excluding 2015-2017 CVO™ models. The Signature handlebar allows you to use all your stock hardware, including cables, wires, risers and controls. All Signature handlebars are machined at the step-down and swedged at the controls for extra strength. All holes are slotted to accommodate your stock safety pins and throttle by wire for your safety. Each weld is polished to display a precision smooth finish. From a side view the handlebar rise is completely straight to match your forks, but ensures to slot pin hole in the riser to allow you to adjust your pullback. From the front and rear view the Signature has a rolled rise to match the round shape of your fairing, fender and tire. Note the 2015-2017 CVO™ and Electra Glide Ultra Classic® models have the pin on the other side of the riser. Show quality gloss black finish. Factory 47Once you have your new handlebars picked out, it’s time to install them. There are some videos on Lowbrow Customs that can really give you some details. Here we will go over some of the basics.
Next measurement is width. This is the measurement of the total width of the handlebars at the widest point from end to end where the custom hand grips are installed.From there you can pick a style that fits your criteria and avoid the work of installing a set of bars you don’t like. The staff at Lowbrow Customs are here to help, so if you have any questions after you read our motorcycle handlebar guide, reach out to us.Make sure you check your cables and your bars by rotating the bars from stop-to-stop to ensure there is enough cable slack and bar clearance. Your cables and wires should have some slack in them and your bars should clear your tank.
If you are looking for a motorcycle handlebar types that will give you superior control of the motorcycle, a Drag bar or a tracker bar is a good choice.The best process is to sit on your bike and get an idea of where you want your hands to be when riding. This should give you an idea of what you are looking for. Have a buddy take some measurements that get you in the ballpark. If you like the comfort of your existing handlebars, and just want to change the style, you can take some measurements to help you get an idea of what you are looking for.Here is a stock Harley-Davidson Dyna Throttle By Wire handlebar’s underside so you can see what the different parts look like compared to some smooth or dimpled bars.**Only one coupon code or discount can be used per order. E-Gift Cards are excempt from discounts. The following brands are exempt from additional discounts to the selling price: Baker Drivetrain, Biltwell, Coker Tire, Cannonball, Drag Specialties, GigaCycle Garage, Hunt Magneto, Jims USA, Kraft Tech Inc., Morris Magneto, S&S Cycle Center Width is the next measurement. This is the measurement at the bottom of the bar where it clamps into the handlebar risers, before the bends start. The first one is the bar diameter. The most common handlebar diameter is 1”. Some older metric bikes have a handlebar diameter of 7/8”, but 1” bars are pretty much the standard after 1990.If you have questions in reading our motorcycle handlebar guide, take a look at one of the handlebar installation videos, or just contact us with your question. We are always happy to help. The difference in control depends on the rise that you choose. An Ape Hanger handlebar with a 16” rise is going to offer a lot less control than a 10” rise Ape Hanger. First step is to remove your grips. Billet grips usually small Allen set screws you will have to loosen. Keep in mind your throttle side might be easier to remove by loosening the control screws, detaching your throttle cable (or cables) and sliding off your throttle tube with the grip still on it.We have installed a ton of handlebars in our time and we can help you avoid some of the mistakes we have made in the past. We will do everything we can to help you get the perfect set of handlebars the first time.
The right bar can make all the difference in the world and not only help your bike stand out but handle like a dream. This Mini Apes with a stock riser set up on Kelly Messia’s slab-side is a perfect fit! photo by: Ryan LoughridgeThe very first thing you want to do before tackling the motorcycle handlebar replacement process is to determine what you are trying to accomplish. Asking yourself some basic questions that will put you on the right path. Determining which set of motorcycle handlebars you need to fit the look and feel you are trying to obtain is a process.