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Cinelli Criterium bars - modern day equivalent?

WappygixerWappygixer Posts: 1,396
edited August 2008 in Workshop
What the modern day equivalent of the Cinelli crit bars?
I used to use these all the time years ago and loved the shape.
I don't think these bars actually work with modern stems but could be wrong?


  • bill57bill57 Posts: 454
    I used to use them and really liked them, but I don't think there is a modern equivalent, the closest is probably some kind of track bar (Nitto 115?). They're too big for modern stems, 26.4mm I think. I suspect the shape has fallen out of favour since the shape of the top curve doesn't really work with modern brake/gear levers. But the round bend is back in vogue, so maybe something from Ritchey or Deda would suit?
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Apart from the aforementined nittos I doubt you'll find anything with such a pronounced bend on the tops, the reason being that with integrated shifters, people predominantly ride on the hoods/ tops and only use the drops rarely. There are a few classic bend bars around from the likes of Deda and Ritchey but they only provide a flat on the drop, not the progressive bend on the tops. Cinellis were predominantly 26.4mm in diameter whereas the two modern bar standards are 26.0mm and 31.8mm.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • WappygixerWappygixer Posts: 1,396
    Thanks guys, look like I'm on a looser then really.
    I see your point about riding on the hoods but I used to ride on the hoods with plain aero brake levers to.
    I just liked the comfort really.
    Might give the makes mentioned a look
  • Have a look at Deda 215 shallow (Strada) bars.
    \'You Come At the King,You Best Not Miss\'
  • Ste_SSte_S Posts: 1,173
    3T Rotundo's look quite nice

    Quite fancy trying some of those myself
  • Rob SallnowRob Sallnow Posts: 6,279
    I used to use Cinelli 65s but switched to ITM as their stems could be put a bit lower in the headset .....sadly the stem didn't look as good as the outgoing XA though :(
    I used and still use 65 shaped ITM Italia Pro bars (probably additionaly labelled Pista)...they are probably 14 years old now :oops: and have been discontinued as well now....just not as long ago as Cinelli 65s. They are 26.0 diameter. The shape of the tops/hooks transition does throw the Ergo lever ends out they resemble Dura Ace 7900 levers making my setup 14 years ahead of its time!! 8)
    I'd rather walk than use Shimano
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