Measuring the Bacchetta Aero Bar for Length

Measuring the Bacchetta Aero Bar for Length

There’s been a ton of discussions/confusion over this one.  This *should* help to clear things up a bit.  I’ll keep this short and sweet. Measuring technique: I placed the bar down flat on a uhm…flat surface.  This is virtually the same as it is installed on your bike.  I am measuring from the edge of the bar, just to the side of where it attaches to the riser and measuring to the bar end, which is the edge of the bench.  You should be able to get a similar measurement by putting a straight edge at the end of your bars.  Just take into account your bars will have tape and grips or bar end shifters. First, here is the Standard Aero bar, or what served as the standard Aero bar for the past 5+ years.  This is being usurped by a longer version but more on that later. 

280 and 300mm bars 
The Old "Standard" Aero bar, now the new "Short" Aero bar
It’s a little hard to see, but the length is right at 280 mm or 11″.  Now below we have the New long bar which is what we began stocking on all C/A 2.0 bikes for 2010 this year and will phase into the Corsa for 2011.
330mm bar 
The New Long Aero bar introduced in 2010

The measurement you’re seeing here is 300mm or just over 11 5/8″. What I didn’t include here is the extra long Aero bar, which were approx. 330mm or 13″.  Keep in mind these measurements are for the Aero bars only, which measure 18 3/4″ center to center at the bar ends.  If you have the wide bars which are around 22 1/2″, then this post does not apply: we only make one length of the wide bars.

Originally posted on November 8, 2010.

Dana Lieberman|

Dana has been riding recumbents for 25 years. Whether bicycle touring, racing, commuting or just riding with the family, he has ridden almost everything out there and has no problem telling you what he thinks! Owner of Bent Up Cycles and Bacchetta Bikes, Dana is passionate about turning new riders on to the joy of recumbent cycling. He also enjoys reading SciFi, hiking in the SoCal mountains and sipping a Chai Latte at the local coffee shop!
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