Review: 3T Ergoterra Pro Aluminum Flared Drop Handlebar

Sizes: 42/45cm (tested), 44/47cm

Weight: Ergoterra Pro aluminum (tested): 245g / Ergoterra Team carbon (claimed): 200g

3t ergoterra handlebar review and weight

Weve all learned over the years that theres plenty to like about a wider bar when youre off-road. Namely, improved balance, stability, and leverage for moving the bike around. A flared drop bar serves up these advantages for road bikes and encourages a wide elbow stance, without increasing the width at the brake hoods. This should all sound great if you plan on riding a drop bar setup on singletrack or particularly chunky gravel, or if youre bikepacking with front panniers. Pioneering bars like the Specialized Dirt Drop, Salsa Bell Lap and On-One Midge have provided well-loved, and somewhat exaggerated templates for the style, with shallow and radically flared drops.

Maybe youre like me, and youve tried flared drops before and liked thembut your gravelbike does double-duty sometimes on road rides, and those hyper-flared drops start to feel weird when youre tucked into a pace line. Or maybe youve been irked that the brake levers mount somewhat diagonally, sacrificing comfort in the hood position. Its a lofty goal; designing bike parts that work well for diverse uses. But thats kinda the whole point of this gravel bike revolution,isnt it?

3t ergoterra handlebar review and weight

So, how about a compromise? Enter 3Ts Ergoterra. Available in aluminum Pro(tested) and carbon fiber Teamversions, the Ergoterra is closer to a modern road bar, with a more conventional 127mm of drop, and just a bit of extra wingspan.

3t ergoterra handlebar review and weight

The drops are flared 6 degrees outward, which provides a tad more stability and enough clearance to keep your wrists from digging into the top of the bar when youre out of the saddle and moving around. Importantly, 3T have accomplished this without flaring the curved portion of the drop, allowing for brake levers to mount vertically. The ErgoTerra comes in two sizes: the 45cm model is 42cm at the hoods, and the 47cm model is 44cm at the hoods. Both sizes use fairly straightforward compact road drops with 127mm drop and 89mm reach. With claimed weights of 245g for the Aluminum Ergoterra Pro and 200g for the carbon Ergoterra Team, these should make weight weenies everywhere rejoice.


3t ergoterra handlebar review and weight

The Ergoterra has a nice flat transition from the top of the bar to the hoods.

3t ergoterra handlebar review and weight

3T extended the oversize clamp section, to provide clamping room for cross-top levers (or whatever bell/light combination blows your hair back).

3t ergoterra handlebar review and weight

The Ergoterra has a drop curve similar to 3Ts Ernova, which Ive been using for a while now on my road bike. Its more of a modern ergoshape than their traditional round Rotundo,but doesnt have the exaggerated reverse curve of some modern bars. I personally find this a versatile bar I can comfortably put my hand anywhere in the drop, and the round top provides adequate grip for lifting the front end in technical terrain. And, 6 degrees of flare may not be much, but its just enough that I havent found the top of the bar interfering with my wrists on technical terrain or while bunnyhopping.

3T have been in the handlebar business since 1961, and theyve got more than three dozen drop bar models to choose from. Do you just want a straight-up familiar road drop? Plenty of those to choose from. Dig those big, wide, radically flared dirt drops? Check out the Superghiaia. But if youre looking for a goldilocksdrop bar thats versatile enough for everything from road rides to singletrack, the Ergoterra just may be the one for you.

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12 comments on “Review: 3T Ergoterra Pro Aluminum Flared Drop Handlebar

  1. It’s annoying when manufacturers are inconsistent like this. Chain Reaction cycles describes these as “Viewed from above, the drops angle outwards by 6.” which I think is much more accurate than calling them flared. Flared bars have the drops still pointing straight back, these add a twist to your wrist instead of just moving the drops out from under the rest of the bar.

    I thought that the angle that flare adds to the brifters would be strange, but the 12 degree flare I rode with last year did not bother me. So my new bike, which I’ve yet to ride, has Profile Design drv/g bars with 16 degrees of flare. I’m hoping I feel the same about these, as I do like the wider drops.

    1. Excellent observation. Hadn’t considered how that drops were “flared.”

  2. Love that orange/white steel frame bike parked at Juniper Springs, Fl(just guessing), fender eyelets, 1”headtube and all. How could that be, Gravel Bikes hadn’t even been “invented” yet!?

    1. That bike’s seen many lives. It’s a 1990 Bianchi Equinox cx bike that my dad bought new. My sister used it as a commuter in college, then I turned it into a gravel rig. I did a little bit of work on the frame a couple of years ago to add a rear brake cable stop, move the headtube cable stops to the downtube, and add a FD braze-on tab. That beautiful blue pool is Ginnie Springs.

    2. When I bought my Bianchi San Remo in the 90’s! I took straight to my mountain bike path. The touring geometry of that bike is close to what these gravel bike use nowadays

  3. I use an old Bianchi San Remo for a gravel rig. These bars would work wonders on it.

    1. Those San Remos are great bikes. You can use a quill adapter and any modern 31.8 threadless stem like I did on this bike, or there are a few 31.8 x 1″ quill stems out there now. I have a CrMo one from Nitto on my commuter.

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