This offering is for one set of new-old-stock 3T Ergo Power Due handlebars finished in an anodized brownish-gray color. They measure 45 cm wide and have a relatively common stem clamp size of 26.0 mm (and please note 3T measures their bars from outside edge to outside edge with respect to their width...so a center-to-center equivalent measurement would be in the 43 cm range). We should note we have stocked these handlebars in other (smaller) sizes over the years, but this is the first time we have found the Ergo Power Due handlebars in this larger size (and we were only able to acquire a handful of them). We believe they were most prevalent in the 90's and were made from very good quality heat treated aluminum alloy tubing (AL 7075 T6). We should also mention these bars are double grooved to handle all forms of vintage aero brake levers and modern dual control brake/shifter levers.
It appears 3T made these bars in a few different styles, which impacted the reach and drop measurements (and all of which were part of 3T's Racing Team Services line of products at the time...so manufactured to handle the added stresses of competitive cycling). This particular offering is interesting in that the package labeling indicates this is a set of the Merckx style bars with rounded bends (which were generally among the largest of the 3T vintage bars...with a longer reach and deeper drop relative to most other 3T bars from this era). Having said this, our own measurements (noted below) indicate these handlebars are smaller than the traditional Merckx bends...not by much (i.e., less than 1 cm in the reach and the drop)...but still enough to make worth noting. Our initial thought is these handlebars must have incorrect packaging and the handlebars may actually represent the smaller Tour de France (TDF) bends. Although, after a brief review of some of our TDF handlebar listings, it was evident these handlebars are still larger than those spec'd to the TDF dimensions. So to summarize the sizing of these handlebars (i.e., reach and drop), their dimensions falls somewhere in between the 3T Merckx and TDF bends.
We should also note these bars have the "bulge" center section design where standard road bar (23.8 mm) tubing is built-up/reinforced at the center to achieve the slightly larger diameter to accomodate a road stem clamp and to also improve the strength/stiffness around the stem clamp, as this is the high stress point of any drop bars. Cosmetically these bars are finished in a darker color relative to any of our other 3T bars...an anodized dark gray/black finish that provides a nice contrast to the white logo/labeling at the bar center.
Consistent with our other 3T handlebar offerings (and in an attempt to further assist with proper fit), we have taken some additional (center-to-center) measurements and noted a reach of 78 mm and a drop of 150 mm (and please refer to our notes below that specify our measurement techniques...in the event someone wants to replicate our approach for comparative purposes).
In terms of condition, these handlebars are new and unused. Upon close inspection, we are usually able to identify minor shopwear (scuffs and scratches) around the center section of our 3T offerings, but I can confirm the next bars to ship in this model/size/finish are in nice overall condition. Please understand when I say "next bars to ship" I mean we will pick through our limited stocks and ship the cosmetically nicest bars we have left in inventory to the next customer that places an order. Specifically as it relates to these handlebars, I have a few of them left in stock and I've looked them over well enough to know there are still some cosmetically nice bars available.
A note about our "reach" and "drop" measurements...
A number of customers have asked about our handlebar measurement techniques, so we thought it was probably appropriate to better define how we go about measuring the handlebars we offer for sale.
The drop...we "stand the bars up" so the only contact point with the table top is the flattened drop area near the bar ends (although we typically have to hold the bars in this position so they do not fall over). From this position, with the drop section of the bars resting on the table top, we measure the vertical distance from the table top to the bottom edge of the bar tubing at the stem clamp area. This provides our version of a center-to-center measurement for the drop.
The reach...keeping the bars in the upright position on the table (as noted above), we push them against the wall facing us, so the outermost section of the bar bend (i.e., the area around where the shifter/brake levers are mounted) is touching the wall. From this position, we measure the horizontal distance from the wall to the front of the stem clamp area. This provides our version of a center-to-center measurement for the reach.
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