A while back I had decided to search for a multiposition handlebar that was straight at the ends to give me a similar feel to bar ends. After some searching I came across the Koga Atalanta bars and I fitted them this weekend, some photos below.
|You can see them here with my gear selectors/brakes and ergon grips fitted etc.|
|Side on you may apreciate they are a little wider than|
others which gives me a more comfortable grip.
|I wanted as much firm cushioning as possible to |
give me the same feeling as I got with Phat Tape on my BB handlebars
so I fitted a set of Bike Ribbon inserts.
|Side view with the orange bontrager wrap.|
|Checking out the fit with all the kit on. Note the double section|
where you can mount accessories that is very well thought out.
|Final adjustments. Again not clear in the photo but they have|
cleverly put a litle notch behind the top bar so you can secure
bar bags as if directly to the stem! Very well thought out.
It's not easy to see from here, however the fitting for the Ortlieb bag is still a bit tight despite Koga saying generous space for bar bags. Additionally the bag gets in the way of the camera. My solution is I am going to fit a 2nd stem below the first so I will let you know how I get on with that!
Overall I am extreemely happy, unfortunately my rear wheel is being returned to Chain Reaction so I will have to wait for it to come back before I can do a road test and final adjustments. I may be able to get the 2nd stem fitted beforehand.
To answer Tim's questions:
Weight is just 1040 grams, they feel heavier and more solid than my old BBB ones which were good.
diameter varies around the bar but centre diameter for mounting is standard 25mm so fits normal stems you don't need a koga specific one.
What I do like is the individually adjustable wings which I will write more about they mean each side is independantly adjustable.
with regards to my previous comment about the tight fit of the bar bag, I have bought an extender for the bag bracket ortlieb and it sits fine now.