The Team level of the 3T product line, though somewhat less exalted in materials and finish than the LTD versions, is intended for top-level competition. In fact, 3T claims that most of their sponsored pros (think: Team CSC/Saxo-Bank and the Cervelo Test Team) use the team Ergonova handlebar with the ARX Team stem. The beauty of 3T's Team level bars is that none of the functionality is lost, while there is a perceptible cost-savings. As with the Ergonova LTD, the top of the Team bars are egg or tear-drop shaped which is intended to give your hands a flatter, more comfortable surface to hold onto. 3T's designers have also seemed to anticipate some of our well-documented objections to "ergo" bars by keeping an eye on the needs of the smaller person. Not only do these bars come in an array of widths ranging from 38 to 44cm (c-c), but the reach is quite moderate at 77mm and the drop is a comfortable 123mm. Whereas a bar like the FSA Wing Pro has a 145mm drop making it very difficult for a rider with small hands to reach the brake levers while in the drops, the 123mm Ergonova drop is much closer to what one would find in a shallow, classic shape bar, giving greater ease of access to the levers and other controls.
Whether you're a domestique slogging in a Belgian gutter or a weekend warrior who loves light, reliable equipment with that ergonomic bend, 3T Ergonova Team Carbon Handlebar will give you supreme performance and comfort. The bar has 123mm of drop and 77mm of reach. It is designed to fit a 31.8mm stem. The bar is available in four sizes, 38, 40, 42, and 44cm, measured center-to-center. Please note that these bars flare out at the drops. Each drop flares out by approximately 2cm, so a set of 42cm c-c bars are, in fact, 40cm c-c at the hoods.
If you're looking for a comfortable, compact bar, it is hard to go wrong with this one. I ran mine for roughly a year and was very satisfied with it. Ultimately I decided to try a narrower and classic shaped bar, (3t Rotundo) but I would still be happily running these if I didn't come across a great deal. The stealth model looks great in person too, which is what really matters, right?
The 3T Ergonova Team doesn't transmit as much of the road vibration. The reach is perfect and allows me much better control of the bike as I scream down the long twisty mountain road. It seems pricey but is actually a great buy and great piece of equipment.
I was shocked the difference by bike felt after upgrading to these handlebars. Beautifully designed a plus.
Nice bar, I have this in the gloss black.