The 3T Ernova handlebar is designed for all-day road riding comfort. This is for amateurs and professionals alike, as greater comfort makes it easier to pedal harder. Considering that the Ernova is 3T’s most popular drop handlebar, the design must work.
The removable faceplate stem opened up design possibilities for handlebars. No longer were the curves of the bar limited by having to work the bars through the stem. The use of carbon-fiber as a material for building bars further opened up design possibilities as shapes no longer had to be round. And as newer carbon-fiber designs proliferated, advanced aluminum-shaping techniques allowed for some of those carbon bars to be replicated in aluminum. The Ernova takes advantage of all this.
First, there is the egg-shaped top shelf. With a broader, flatter surface to rest your hands on by the stem, there’s less pressure on your hands. The egg shape tapers to round as the bars curve forward. Then the bars flare out by six-degrees starting at where the brake levers are mounted. This flare offers comfort for your wrists and greater clearance for your forearms to move under the tops.
Measuring the width for the bars might seem complicated. Luckily, we have the specs. The bars are measured center-to-center at the ends of the drops. That distance is 38-46cm in 2cm increments. The brake lever mounting point, thanks to the flare, is 16mm narrower. So the 38cm wide bar is 36.4cm at the hoods. The 40cm is 38.4, the 42 is 40.4, the 44 is 42.3, the 46 is 44.4
Reach is 77mm. Drop is 123mm.
There are three versions of the bars. There’s the LTD, which is the superlight carbon-fiber model, which weighs 180g in the 42cm size. The Team, aka the standard carbon-fiber model, which weighs 195g in the 42. And there’s the Pro, which is made of 7075 aluminum, and weighs 260g in the 42. The carbon-fiber versions allow you to route your cables through the top of the bars, the aluminum version only permits the exterior routing of cables.
The 3T Ernova is when you want your hands and wrists to feel like every ride is a break.