The Wevelo buyer’s guide to carbon road bike handlebars

Road bike handlebars are often overlooked when it comes to upgrades. Most bikes come with handlebars based on a generally estimated shoulder width and can sometimes be too wide or narrow for the rider.

Choosing a new handlebar can help improve the handling, comfort, efficiency and depending on the bar you choose, decrease the weight of the bike.

It’s best to measure the width of your shoulders and match to the desired bar width before buying. If you can you might want to pop down to your local bike shop and try a few for size.

We’ve put together this buyer’s guide to road bike handlebars as a starting point as they are very much a personal preference.

Deda Superleggera Carbon Road Bike Handlebars

Deda Superleggera Carbon Road Bike Handlebars

What they say

Lightness at the helm. The new Deda Superleggera Handlebars, made of a revolutionary type of carbon fibre that allows shaving off every excess gram of weight. HR40 carbon fibre and a new resin with unidirectional layup produce a very compact composite, reducing weight and ensuring the highest technical performance.

Key specifications

  • Lightweight Deda Superleggera
  • 40T carbon bar with modern RHM shape
  • Shape: RHM Rapid Hand Movement
  • Width: 42 – 44 – 46cm (outside to outside)
  • Clamp diameter: 31.7mm
  • Finish: carbon UD, black
  • Weight: 180g (42cm)

Our verdict

The Deda Superleggera bars are stiff, iron out road vibration and are super light. This is a great handlebar and well worth the money. The UD carbon looks fantastic and the internal cable routing is a nice touch.

Where to buy

Price

£169.99

From

ProBikeKit

Price correct at time of publishing.

Easton EC70 Aero Carbon Road Bike Handlebars

Easton EC70 Aero Carbon Road Bike Handlebars

What they say

Thanks to the ergonomic profile and a less radically shaped bend, this handlebar provides more comfort during long days in the saddle. And with Easton’s proven Composite TaperWall™ and monocoque construction, the EC70 Aero is nice and light at just 235 grams. Also, keep in mind that this handlebar features slightly more reach and drop than the EC90 Aero bar. The EC70 Aero is available in the three most common widths: 40, 42 and 44 centimetres wide.

Key specifications

  • Finish: Matte UD Carbon, Water Transfer Decals
  • Weight: 255g (42cm)
  • Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
  • Width (cm): 40, 42, 44
  • Degree Bend: No
  • Material: EC70 Carbon
  • Bend Type: Standard

Our verdict

The Easton EC70 Aero bars look fantastic with the aero profile and subtle branding. They also come in at a reasonable weight. The internal cable routing will keep cables nice and neat up front adding to the aero benefits. A really nice set of stiff bars that look the part too.

Where to buy

Price

£159.99

From

Tredz

Price correct at time of publishing.

Fizik Cyrano 00 Carbon Road Bike Handlebars

Fizik Cyrano 00 Carbon Road Bike Handlebars

What they say

The Cyrano 00 is the top-of-the-line handlebar made from high-modulus carbon, this is the lightest and strongest fizik handlebar. The same Spine Concept™ guidelines that helps you choose your saddle is used to find your most comfortable handlebar shape.

Key specifications

  • Available in three different drops and reach
  • Snake: Reach 85mm, Drop 140mm
  • Chameleon: Reach 85mm, Drop 135mm
  • Bull: Reach 80mm, 130mm
  • Material: High Modulus Carbon
  • Weight: 175g (size 420mm, centre to centre)

Our verdict

The Cyrano 00 is the top of the line handlebar from Fizik, thus being super light, stiff and beautifully made. Available in three different drops makes the bars perfect for those that are super flexible and like a more aggressive position to those that barely touch their toes. They may come at a price, but you’re getting one of the best bars around.

Where to buy

Price

£215.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Zipp SL-70 Aero Road Bike Handlebars

Zipp SL-70 Aero Road Bike Handlebars

What they say

The Zipp SL-70 Aero Road Handlebar is built for high performance and will satisfy even the most discerning of Pro cyclists. It boasts an excellent aerodynamic design, stiff and strong UD carbon fibre construction, and efficient internal cable routing.

Key specifications

  • Material: UD Carbon Fibre
  • Reach: 70mm
  • Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
  • Drop: 128mm
  • Rapid Routing™ system for internal cable routing
  • Weight: 240g (size 42cm)

Our verdict

The Zipp SL-70 Aero is a great handlebar that is not only stiff but comfortable due to their ability to counteract road vibration. As with most carbon bars these days they allow for cables to be routed internally giving a neater looking cockpit. A very well made aero bar that will look great on any bike!

Where to buy

Price from

£188.98

From

Wiggle

Price correct at time of publishing.

Ritchey SuperLogic Logic II Road Bike Handlebars

Ritchey SuperLogic Logic II Road Bike Handlebars

What they say

The Ritchey Superlogic Carbon Logic II is super lightweight, with a design that progressively adapts according to the drop characteristics.  The comfort enabling design is evident in the wide spacing at the top sand the generous forearm clearance in the drops.

Key specifications

  • Centre section is aero bar compatible
  • No-slip grit at stem and brake lever mounting surfaces
  • Carbon Monocoque
  • Measured Centre-to-Centre where the levers mount
  • 31.8mm O/S centre section
  • Drop/Reach: 40cm = 125/72, 42cm = 132/78, 44cm = 144/82
  • Weight: 190g (42cm)

Our verdict

These Ritchey SuperLogic’s are some of the best bars you can currently get. Super well made, lightweight and comfortable, giving more confidence when riding in all situations. They might be pricey, but they are an outstanding handlebar.

Where to buy

Price

£173.99

From

ProBikeKit

Price correct at time of publishing.