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Handlebar width, centre-to-centre or edge-to-edge

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by robjh, 7 Dec 2017.

  1. There are two sensible ways of measuring the width of drop handlebars - from the centre of the bars on each drop, or from the outer edge of the bars at the drops. Either would do, but they are not the same.

    Wouldn't life be easier if all manufacturers could agree on the same way of measuring them? I wanted to replace some bars that were clearly marked as '42cm', and ordered a 42cm set from Deda. On arrival, the Deda set is approximately 2cm narrower than the old ones, because Deda measure edge to edge, and others centre-to-centre.

    That is my moan. Pay careful attention when buying these things.
    mjr likes this.
  2. Yes, I fell for that, when I specced my CGR

    I too wanted 42cm, but ordered the DEDA (to save a few ££, after getting Hydraulic discs), & on arrival they felt a bit odd
    Yes.............. 42cm outer-outer

    5 of my bikes are on 42 'c-c'
    Only the oldest one, & the CGR differ
    I'll doubtless replace them. the first time the bar tape gets damaged
  3. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    And yet, people keep buying them and don't return them for refund, so it continues, like the strange frame-sizing habits now.
    Alan O likes this.
  4. OP

    robjh Guru

    Not me, it's going back to a well-known on-line retailer as we speak.
    Part of the trouble is too that it can sometimes take quite a bit of small-print searching on manufacturers' own websites to find this information.
    mjr likes this.