3T Ergonova Team handlebar, Ionic-25 LTD seatpost and ARX stem review

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03/15/2013| 0 comments
by Neil Browne
We review the 3T ARX Stealth stem Roadcycling.com

3T Ergonova Team handlebar, Ionic-25 LTD seatpost and ARX stem review

RoadCycling.com was able to try several new 3T components and log some miles. The Ionic-25 LTD seat post, ARX Team stem and the Ergonova Team handlebar were tested.

titanium bolts. A stylistic touch is the “3T” logo etched into the faceclamp of the stem. The Team issue stem comes only in anodized black with a ghost image of “3T” ensuring it doesn’t clash with anything on your bike. That’s important. Don’t be that guy with mismatched colors.

My one complaint is that I wish there were measurement marks around the clamp of the stem to delineate slight handlebar rotation adjustments. This means that the handlebar must also have measurement marks as a point of reference. Admittedly, I’m a bit of a position tweaker and as my flexibility has improved I like to make slight adjustments that reflect my new range of motion. If you’re a set-it-and-forget-it type of rider then this isn’t much of an issue for you.

The 3T ARX Team stem comes in lengths starting at 70mm to 140mm in 10mm increments with an angle of either + or – 6 or 17 degrees.

3T ARX Team Specifications
Lengths: 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140mm
Angle: +- 6 or 17 degrees
Weight: 134 grams (120mm)
Price: $110.00

The handlebar is one of the critical contact points for a cyclist. The width and bend of a bar can be a very personal thing. The curvature of the drops for some riders can mean hours of comfort in an aerodynamic position or feel like torture on the rack. 3T’s Ergonova Team handlebar is a good combination of comfort and function.

The Ergonova Team bar is constructed from carbon fiber. The tops of the bars are egg-shaped for comfort and the overside has a shallow groove for routing the brake and shifter cables giving the cockpit area a cleaner, smoother look and feel. The large, annoying bump underneath the handlebar tape is history honey.

The curve of the bar is a consistent radius without a flat section that was the style not too long ago. This feature, along with the flat tops, is a personal preference. I happen to like round classic bends as I feel that it puts the levers in an ideal position for fingertip braking and shifting. The drop isn’t that deep, perfect for the endurance-style/gran fondo rider, or for those who don’t need or can’t get that low anymore.

Back in my “racer” days I would have preferred a deeper drop. Now the classic shallow drop style suits my needs and more realistically my limited back/hip flexibility.

The Ergonova bar is also designed to accommodate bolt-on aero bars. As always, be aware of how tight to cinch down the bolts and use a torque wrench.

For those smaller riders 3T has them covered with a 38cm width version of the Ergonova bar.

3T Ergonova Handlebar Specifications
Widths: 38, 40, 42, 44cm
Weight: 210 grams (44cm)
Drop: 123mm
Reach: 77mm
Diameter: 31.8mm
Price: Team Model $324.99 / Team Stealth “matte black” Model $349.99

Learn more about 3T Cycling online at www.3tcycling.com.

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