The Right Size Handlebars for Petite Women

To determine the correct width of a set of handlebars, a measurement is taken from the acromion of one scapula to the other. The acromion is the bony ledge at the attachment of your arm to your shoulder.

Reach is the distance from the tops of the bars to the most forward portion of the bend and is a measurement of particular interest to women who feel too stretched out when grabbing their brakes. Drop is the distance from the top of the handlebars to the bottom (usually measured center to center) and when too deep, maneu­vering to reposition from hoods to drops can feel unsafe.

31.8 mm  Alloy Handlebar Options
Make Model Width Reach Drop Weight Ergo or Compact
Ritchey Pro BioMax Pro Logic 36cm 38cm 75mm 82mm 130mm 144mm 235g 250g Ergo Ergo
3T Pro 38cm 77mm 123 260 (42) Compact with Ergo Tube
Salsa Poco 36cm 38cm 70mm 70mm 140mm 140mm 218g (36) Ergo
Bontrager WSD VR OS 36cm 38cm 70mm 120mm 245 gr (36) Compact
Modolo Venus 38 75mm 130mm 273 gr (42) Compact
Specialized Women’s Dolce Alloy w/ Zertz Women’s Pro Road 38 36cm 38cm 75mm
74.5mm
132mm 132mm 320 (40) 246 (40) Ergo

 

31.8 mm  Carbon Handlebar Options
Make Model Width Reach Drop Weight Ergo or Compact
Ritchey WCS Carbon Evolution 38cm 75mm 135mm 220g (42) Ergo
Modolo KXVenus Carbon 38cm 75mm 130mm 230g (38) Compact
Kore Cockpit II Carbon Road Bar 38cm 84mm 140mm 206g (40) Ergo
3T Team 38cm 77mm 123mm 198g (42) Compact with Ergo Tube
Salsa carbon poco 36cm 38 cm 70mm 140mm 195g 230g Ergo
Bontrager Race XLite Blade 38cm 85mm 135mm 213.6g Compact
Specialized Ruby SL Carbon 38cm 75mm 142mm 220g (42) Ergo

Note: weight is based on the width size listed in parenthesis.