ITM K Sword Handlebars

DESCRIPTION

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

MODEL TYPE
K-SWORD Anatomic

SECTOR UTILIZATION
Road -

MATERIAL WORKING
Carbon Monocoque

TREATMENT GROOVES
Bright Varnished Cavi interni - Hidden Cables

Ø BULGE [f] Ø SLEEVE
31,8 mm -

Ø GRIP [e] CL. SHAPE RADIUS [d1]
23,8 mm -

AN. SHAPE RADIUS [d1] AN. SHAPE RADIUS [d2]
44 mm 73 mm

WIDTH [g] HEIGHT [b]
420-440-460 171 mm

REACH [a] RADIUS [c]
98 mm -

ANGLE [b1] GRIP LENGHT [a1]
- -

WEIGHT
268 gr.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 03, 2016]
Eirik
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I have used the Sword for long distance trips, races and comuting, extremly comfortable, stiff and damp. Tru terrible roads in norhtern norway they smoothen things out, (with some help from my Colnago EP)

Weakness:

Expensiv, kind of tricky to adjust newer shifters with all the wiring in the back by the handlebar.

I look nowhere Else.

[Oct 03, 2008]
Sheik Yerbooti
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

-perfectly thought-out ergonomics
-your hand can really comfortably rest in a plethora of positions
-extremely well-made, well-finished
-not stuck and unadjustable with an integrated stem
-no noticeable flex, very strong+stiff but also dampen vibrations extremely well
-bling! bling!

Weakness:

-price
-difficult to attach any accessories so you kinda really have to go with their proprietary computer mount

Hands down, these bars are the best on he planet!

I believe anyone who has actually seen/tried or even just to lay his/her paws on them will agree. These bars are definitely pricey and rare but as I've said in other reviews, if your bars are one of the very few pressure/contact points your body actually makes with your beloved bike (which you've spent an outrageous fortune on for other "performance" parts), handlebars are one of those thing that you cannot skimp on in your budget. How you feel/ache during or after your ride is just as dependent on how happy your hands, feet and butt feel and is every bit as important as anything else you've splurged on for your bike. No one really complains about how expensive cranks really are these days! Man, it took me years to figure this one out!

For my purposes, I really can't find any constructive criticism for these bars. The tops are perfectly molded for your hands from top to bottom, and as many other have mentioned the area around the bend at the brake hoods are the best thought-out in the industry. It's so perfectly sculpted for your heels and palms! I can't really say that about any other bars, even the Ram or Plasma. IMO, both of these are works of visual art but not as functionally flawless.

I've noticed that a lot of carbon "wing" bars are now paying a lot of attention to this area and the tops where a lot of riders actually rest their hands. Thus, ITM, of whom I'm typically not a huge fan in regards to their typical line of handlebars, appears to really have done their homework on this one. It's like they went all out, and neglected everything else in their line-up. No wonder they're becoming more and more obscure in the peleton. For me, I find the angle, length and curve of the non-anatomic drops to also be near perfect. And this is from someone whose never been a big fan of "traditional" bends. Again, I can't say that about their other bars or any other carbon wingbars for that matter. Nevertheless, I understand that the jury's still out on the anatomic vs. traditional bend for many people, but I don't think anyone can really complain with these bars.

Similar Products Used:

FSA Plasma
ITM Millennium Carbon
regular Cinelli, ITM, Easton...
countless others

[May 05, 2008]
Anonymous
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

STIFFNESS
Comfortable shape.

Weakness:

High price

I work in a high end bike shop so I test a lot of gear, and these are the best overall bars I've ever used. Super Stiff, Superior shape, Very comfortable, and look Dynamite. These get many comments. But they come at a high price. With campy levers, these are great.

Similar Products Used:

Many

[Feb 10, 2008]
larryal9
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very comfortable.
Dampens vibration very well.
Can also accomodate ITM aero clip-on bars.

Weakness:

Cost!
These bars retail for around $400.
Good deals can be found on eBay but are hard to find.

Most comfortable bars I've ever used. Similar in design to the FSA K-Wing but the K-Sword's design is even more comfortable, due to better placement of the palm rests. The ITM bars also dampens vibration better than FSA's.

Similar Products Used:

FSA K-Wing

[Jun 05, 2007]
Anonymous
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff. Lots of hand positions and very comfortable. Hidden cable routes.

Weakness:

Does take a little getting used to the shape.

Brilliant. Initially took some getting used to the shape, especially the flattened top of the bars but now I am very used to them. Drops are comfortable and these bars are super stiff, even when sprinting. Lots of different hand positions available which is great on long rides. Very well thought out and designed, even the little palm indents just behind the hoods.

Similar Products Used:

First full carbon bar. First "wing" bar.

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