The Deda RHM02 Alloy Handlebar shares most of the design highlights of the RHM01. The important distinction is that while the RHM01 has a round cross-section on the tops, the RHM02 is aero shaped. Other than being aerodynamic, the larger surface area reduces pressure on your hands for more comfort. Its shape is also comparable to the Presa and Zero100, though material differences are what make this one more affordable. Where the Presa uses carbon fiber, and the Zero100 relies on triple-butted 7075 aluminum, the RHM02 is made of double-butted 6061 aluminum alloy. It's plenty strong for big riders and even though it gives away some grams to the more expensive parts, it's still fairly light and tips the scales at just under 300 grams.The RHM is a shallow design -- it has a reach of 75mm and a drop of 128mm. Its Continuous Incremental Radius is a patented design with a rounded drop that'll sit well with traditionalists that despise anatomic bends. The radius is shortest at the top of the drops and increases slightly towards the ends of the bar.The Deda RHM02 Alloy Handlebar comes in Black and White and is available in 42, 44, and 46cm sizes, measured from outside to outside.
Strengths: Quality and performance at such a low price.Flat section on the 'tops' make for a very comfortable and efficient hand/wrist position when climbing-I felt far less upper body fatigue and smoother power transfer through the bike on longer hills using these than round topped bars previously used.These are fairly light-especially at the bargain price-yet feel strong with no noticeable flex.I have big arms/shoulders and they allowed me to accelerate smoothly both climbing,on flats and descending.Handling is reassuring on fast descents and my upper body felt ok after a few hrs of riding (mine are finished with SRAM supercork bar tape.) Also the 'Rapid Hand Movement' concept does allow one to shift hand positions quickly and comfortably around the bars from tops/hoods/drops and enables one to spend more time 'on the drops.'They also look good on my trusty steed!
Weaknesses: None that I've noticed...maybe could do with being <200g instead of 300g!
Excellent bars in my opinion-one would have to spend silly money to totally outclass them.Readily available online here.I bought them from Ribble in the UK for £19-after spending over £35-with free delivery.Suppose that's give or take 30 bucks US (before shipping.) At that price a steal and well worth a go!
Bike Setup: Specialized custom spray Allez frame/carbon fork,Ritchey WCS stem,Deda RHM 2 bars,Sram Supercork tape,Shimano Ultegra shifters/train,105 brakes,Exustar pro pedals,Vittoria Rubino pro 3 tyres,Planet X superlight seatpost,Specialized Alias Ti 143 saddle,Mavic Aksium Race Black wheelset...