The reach on my wife’s bike is too long. Currently she has a 90mm Cinelli quill stem and Cinelli Giro d’Italia bars. She has Campagnolo Veloce ergo shifters. Her physio who did a bike fit this morning says she needs a shorter stem because she’s reaching too much, he also moved her seat back a touch, so this increased the reach.
I’m thinking of a 60mm or 70mm stem and some compact drops (Soma HWY 1’s) to bring the shifters back. Will compact bars make a huge difference, or will a shorter stem be enough?
FWIW, getting a smaller frame is out if the question. I asked her today.
Do you know the reach on the bars she has now? I’ve got some shallow drop Eastons that are only 75mm reach, I like 'em. Otherwise you might look for a handelbar with some sweep, like the Bontrager Ergo (I think that’s what they’re called) or Nitto Noodle.
If she rides mostly on the tops then bars won’t change much at all.
How much did he move her back or how much shorter are you chasing?
Regardless I would go high way ones as you can lift the hoods up to level with the tops and this will also shorten it up, how wide are her current bars? Going narrower will also sit you up and take pressure of your back
The correct answer is buy a new bike, but seeing as you can’t go down that road…
GdI are ~75/78/82mm reach / 110/130/142mm drop. Depending on who you ask.
HWY ONE are 75mm reach / 130mm drop. But the shape is better suited to ergopower levers. It’ll be hard to find anything below 75mm reach, perhaps some Bontrager WSDs in 70mm, but they’ll be 31.8mm. (Is the existing Cinelli stem old 26.4 or new 26.0)
Going sub 80mm stem (on what I’m assuming is already a smallish frame) is getting into wonky handling territory.
What width are the current bars? If 42cm or so, try 36-38cm, that will decrease the reach from saddle to levers also. Plus if you do go shorter on the stem, the narrower bars will help reduce twitchyness.