HANDLEBARS: COMPACT VS. TRADITIONAL
Why a compact handlebar and how to measure our compact bars?
FSA’s compact handlebars offer riders a new ergonomic choice. The compact handlebar is versatile in use and is widely appreciated by all types of riders from professional sprinters to weekend warriors. In choosing a compact handlebar, one should be familiar with its differences from traditional bend bars. Traditional bend handlebars are measured by the distance between the bends—generally from the center of the tube to the center of the tube. FSA’s compact handlebars are designed to provide a more comfortable hand position in the drops for riders who have smaller hands, reach too far or have problems with the forearms hitting the bar-tops while sprinting. In choosing a new compact bar, consider that FSA’s compact bars are measured from the center of the bar ends
Note that the ends flare outward. This means that the measurement at the bends will be considerably shorter than the bar’s actual measurement.