Gone are the days of simply measuring a drop bar by the standard reach, drop and width. Our DRiVe metric pinpoints the precise position in the drops where riders instinctively place their hands. The metric is incorporated into a new series of progressively sized handlebars designed around a cyclist’s most powerful hand positions.
The DRiVe (Drop Reach Variant) position – is measured via a 73° line beginning at the bar bore. The DRiVe metric pinpoints the line’s intersection with the drop.
Modern drop bar designs are deeply tied to tradition. They are designed based on outdated road bike sizing – rendering many of cycling’s intended hand positions unattainable when riding modern frame geometry. The ride positions that are the most powerful and allow for the most control have now shifted into virtually unattainable positions. DRiVe reclaims many of the ideal positions most critical to comfort, power and control.
To predict the DRiVe position of any given rider, we looked at an anthropological study focusing on the correlation among hand breadth, shoulder width and height. By measuring your handbreadth we can easily identify a DRiVe that will be compatible with your body type.
The tops and hoods complement the powerhouse DRiVe position and the Reach and DRiVe are progressively sized as the bar increases in width. This progressive sizing ensures the most powerful positions remain right where they are needed.
The long radius of the upper curve provides both smooth distribution of pressure on the hand and clearance for the wrist/forearm when sprinting in the drops.
The hood slope is a shallow 7°, eliminating the main reason why we so often see riders make detrimental bar rotation adjustments in a desperate effort to flatten out the hood slope. The DRiVe Series handlebars deliver a seamless transition from bar to shifter hood without affecting how the drops were designed to fit. The shorter reaches of the DRiVe Series better match current shifter hood geometry and create comfortable hand positions.
The canted 4° design grants a wider array of hand positions, while the gradual, dual radius arc erases sharp angles and pressure points caused by more traditional drop shapes. The dual radius is also designed to make the brake levers reachable when riding in the drops.
DRiVe (Drop Reach Variant) is measured via a 73° line beginning at the bar bore. The DRiVe metric pinpoints the line’s intersection with the drop.
Double Butted 6061-T6 AL
Anodized Matte Black
36, 38, 40, 42cm (center to center)
40, 42, 44cm (center to center)
42, 44, 46cm (center to center)
|Selected as 2015 Sea Otter Product Pick: "DRiVe is measured via a 73-degree line beginning at the bar bore to the point at which it intersects with the drop to determine the position where riders instinctively place their hands. In the DRiVe line of bars, this metric gets longer as the bars' width increases to create the most comfortable and powerful positions at five touch points."|