Updated: testing Rev 2 Handlebar May 1-21 2011. The three prototype bikes have been easy to transition to for the specific purpose of the intended ride. The Masi is light and flexible for commutes and distance riding. The Raleigh is great in the rain with it’s fenders. The Rollo in a pinch is a fun grocery getter. The Masi is my primary bike for summer while the other two are shared with my son and other family members. Each bike has a different brake set up. The traditional hooded levers on the Masi is functional and traditional. The Raleigh has bar end brake levers and I like the look. Finger levers are mounted on the Rollo.
The Rev 2 handlebar is a great tool to increase arm, shoulder, neck, gluteus, hip and leg functionality. These parts make up levers that help transform energy output efficiently. Field testing arm levers, the elbow is the fulcrum, the forearm is the effort and the hand holds the load. This lever is easier to use when seated. A seated position is also easier to maintain and uses less energy than a standing position therefore increasing endurance.
The femur lever coordinates with the arm lever to produce faster standing starts. The hip is the fulcrum the femur is the effort and the lower leg and foot control the load. As both arm and femur levers work together the efficiency is greater than static hand grip positions. A static hand position is unable to coordinate both levers simultaneously. A racing handlebar is capable of both lever actions but, to be proficient it takes practice and a properly fitting bicycle.
The top tube length is the most relevant measurement on the frame when riding Rev 2 handlebars. The most common component adjustment is the fore aft seat position. The Rev 2 handlebar can ease non initiated riders quickly into proficient riding styles with a greater latitude of fit.
The Rev 2 does not require exact fitting to obtain a higher level of performance. The handlebar requires very little practice to develop a proficient riding posture.