I am a creature of habit. When I find something I like, I tend to stick with it. It’s that way with saddles, pedals, and drop-style handlebars. When it comes to the latter, my bar-of-choice is the Ritchey Logic Curve model.
Ritchey’s Logic Curve bars feature a short reach (73mm) and shallow drop (128mm). I’ve used 2nd- and 3rd-generation Campagnolo Ergopower levers with the Logic Curve bars, and when set up with the ramps flat, the transition to and from the hoods is pretty much seamless. Moving to the drops is easy thanks to the double-radius profile.
Ritchey offers the Logic Curve in several models and finishes. All feature a 31.8mm center section, and no-slip grit at the stem and brake lever mounting surfaces. Widths range from 38cm to 44cm (measured center/center at the levers). While some riders may bemoan the lack of cable grooves, I find that it allows for more freedom when positioning the levers and routing the cables.
My Classic Logic Curve bars have been in service for three years, and not once have they slipped or creaked. Despite swapping my Comp Logic Curve bars between between several bikes and stems, they’re as secure and silent as the first time I installed them. Both pairs bars have seen lots of bumpy, off-road miles, and I’ve been unable to detect any unwanted flex.
If you’re looking for a versatile, short-and-shallow drop bar that’s also comfortable in the drops, do yourself a favor and check out Ritchey Logic Curve line of handlebars.