weg wrote:I think mags has done some research on them too.
Yes, I've done some research... in a nutshell, here's some links to handlebars designed for small hands...
Salsa 'Short & Shallow' or 'Poco'
Deda '4 Girls'
Bontrager 'Race Lite OS' (size 380 wide with 75mm reach)
http://www.bontrager.com/Road/Component ... s/5713.php
I've got the Salsa Short & Shallows (ergonomic). IMO, shims are only a solution for women if after buying a suitable small handlebar they still have problems or if their problem is essentially reach while in the drops. Adding shims can introduce problems for reach while on the hoods. A short reach and shallow drop handlebar at the right width (for me 380mm), gives proper control and access to the levers (especially when in the drops) which is essential for safe and confident riding. It also allows for correct rotation of the bars and positioning of the levers. Rotating and repositioning of levers on a too large handlebar just causes more problems than it solves.