March 25, 2015


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Compact Handlebars Are Changing The Game

Have you ever been on a long ride and wished that the drops on your handlebars were a little more shallow and easy to access?  Well, you are not alone.  For years I have always felt uncomfortable in the drop position for long periods of time, because of the awkward position they force you into.  Oh, and did I forget to mention how hard it is to reach the shifters and brake levers from this position on some handlebars?  For these reasons many drops go unused, leaving riders with no benefits, except for maybe some cleaner portions of grip tape.  

I have talked with other riders regarding this, to see if this was a common issue for cyclists.  To my surprise, many people rarely use the drop portion of their bars, while others forgo the drops all together.  All this talk brought up the question of 'Why are the drops there if we are never going to use them?'.  When we brought this question up at Giantnerd, we decided that we needed to make it easier for customers to use their drops.  So, we got in touch with the production team and got the bars on the 2015 Tommaso Carbon line to have some new compact handlebars.  After patiently waiting, we received the new carbon bikes with compact handlebars last Summer and began testing them immediately.  We all went on a few rides and unanimously agreed we were never going back to full size handlebars.  

The ability to really utilize the drops is something many of us had never focused on before, and now that it was a real option, we all found ourselves riding in the position all the time.  Riding in the drops offers many advantages and really does put your in an optimal position for speed and power, not to mention the shifters are right there for ease of use.  Compact bars are really an incredible way to step up your ride and really use all of the positioning options available to you as a cyclist.

Our customers seem to agree as well, as we have received rave reviews about the new bars.  For the 2015 Tommaso Aluminum line, we decided to keep the momentum going and use the Tommaso compact handlebars for all the 2015 bikes.  Now riders of all levels can enjoy the added benefits and start riding their best.  Gone are the days of being hunched over, causing back pain and discomfort.  The difference may not seem extreme, but it makes a world of difference on the road.

Interested in the benefits of compact handlebars?  Hop on a any 2015 Tommaso bike and try out the incredible benefits for yourself immediately!  Click Here to check out the current selection of 2015 Tommaso bikes to find your perfect fit today.


Chris Scheurman
Chris Scheurman


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