It's been more than 50 years since 3T built its first handlebar, and in that time, the Italian brand has learned a thing or two about what riders need. That makes the 3T Tornova LTD Handlebar particularly noteworthy. By combining the aesthetics of its classic bend bars, with subtle ergonomic details borrowed from its more progressive shapes, the Italian masterminds have created a handlebar with classic good looks and new-school comfort.
We're no luddites, but we do love the aesthetics and feel of a classic bend bar, and 3T's Rotundo has long been a benchmark in this category. That made the Rotundo the perfect starting point when designing the Tornova's progressive shape. It maintains the Rotundo's long/deep reach, but adds two degrees of flare to the drops, which results in the bottom of the hooks being 1cm wider than the listed center to center measurement. Much has changed since the advent of the classic long/deep shape, and the most notable, at least for our purposes here, is the change from riding primarily in the drops, to riding on the hoods. Accordingly, the Toronova LTD features a slight reshaping of the top of the bend, which allows the hoods to extend off the bar in a smooth line, thereby improving your comfort for the long haul. And it's rounded off with a flattened top section that's reminiscent of the Ergonova. In other words, 3T took the best attributes of each of its handlebars, and used them to concoct a bar that satisfies the demands of traditionalists and new-schoolers alike.
3T built the Tornova LTD handlebar out of high-modulus carbon fiber, shaving 20 grams as compared to the Tornova Team, and resulting in a weight of 195 grams for the 42cm version. The tradeoff is that, while the Tornova LTD is lighter, it's not compatible with clip-on aero bars. If you plan to run clip-on aero bars, the Tornova Team has additional reinforcement specifically for that purpose.
The 3T Tornova LTD Handlebar is available in three sizes from 40 to 44cm and in the color Gloss Black. Please note: 3T handlebars are measured center to center, at the hoods.
The 3T Tornova LTD handlebars combine the comfortable flat tops of the Ergonova with the classic bend of the Rotundo resulting in a very unique feel. The 3T Tornova is the handlebar for the rider who prefers a traditional (smooth, constant-radius) bend, but would also like to have some modern features such as the flat, ergonomic tops. The 3T Tornova LTD is constructed of high modulus carbon fiber and features internal cable routing and a stepped location for the brake levers which makes it easier to align the levers flat with the tops of the bars for a more comfortable handhold. Due to the HM carbon construction, these bars are NOT compatible with clip-ons.
Note: Tornova bar width is specified center-to-center at hoods. Drops flare by 2° and are approx 1 cm wider at bar end.
|Material:||High Modulus Carbon fiber|
|Weight (claimed):||195g (42cm)|
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