3T make excellent cycles – and finishing kit too. For the past year we’ve been testing their Superergo Team bars on our reviews and routes test bike here at Pedalnorth and they’ve been spot on in all aspects.
In truth, we ought to have expected this from a brand that spends so much time and effort on development. They pride themselves on function and design, making sure that their bars not only perform well, but that the cyclist is catered for too. Fitting the bars and cabling was a straightforward affair, and once wrapped, the internal cable routing adds to the comfort and aesthetic finish, taking away that often harsh feeling.
Images by Robert Thorpe
The handlebars are formed from unidirectional carbon fibre, making them super light, coming in at a mere 199 grammes (42), but what sets these bars apart is their shape and the comfort that they provide in all riding positions. The ergonomics along the tops and in the corners are particularly well thought out, and having used these extensively on long all day rides, there’s a definite absence of hand fatigue and strain. Looking at the drops themselves, 3T have achieved a good balance, designing a drop that is not to shallow for the aggressive riders and yet which retains good control where required.
Using the Superergo team handlebars in the Dales and elsewhere, they feel positive, firm and stiff, and the control provided by them has been vital, especially on the steep and winding descents, where loose gravel along the road edges requires a positive and immediate response. I’ve never felt that I was either over reaching or unable to keep the speed and handling in balance. 3T have done this by creating an area across the shoulder of their Superergo Team which is flatter and designed to compliment your grip, maximising comfort and creating a secure grip.
Image by Jerry Tatton
After a year of long hard riding here and elsewhere, what’s been the really positive aspects of the 3T Superergo Team handlebars? Well, obviously the weight, then the ergonomics themselves, which do actually maximise comfort and handling, reducing hand cramps and fatigue. They also look fantastic and whatever else, this final point is always a bonus.