Flat Bar Vs Drop Bar Road Bikes | Comfort, Speed & Ease

As a beginner, it can be difficult to know which is the best bike for you. Should you choose drop or flat handlebars? James and Ollie are on hand to help you find the right bike for you.

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Buying a bike can be confusing when you are unsure of what you need. We put two bikes to the test, a flat bar and a drop bar. After taking a look at the visual differences, we put the bikes to the test. Firstly, we found out which is faster over a 2km section of road and secondly, we tested their agility and stability on two very sophisticated courses.

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20 Responses to Flat Bar Vs Drop Bar Road Bikes | Comfort, Speed & Ease

  1. Global Cycling Network says:

    Introducing a friend to cycling? Make sure you share this with them.

  2. jonathan sunset says:

    i am looking for a dayer

  3. Blar Blar says:


  4. Anurupa Bhowmick says:

    For a beginner, the concern is backache which u didnt address… And if u r a beginner u might not be of a slender frame especially a woman with curves which again u didnt address… Didnt get the answer i was looking for!! I have a flat bar hybrid bike and i am having wrist pain so was looking for a road bike with drop bars but didnt get any answer!!

  5. KoloZee says:

    You just love the drop bar you can still ride flat bar without breaking your arm

  6. Andrey Yeltsov says:

    Ollie the Egg Smasher.

  7. Aneesh Reddy says:

    Next he will do no cycle

  8. Ian Collagan says:

    Thank you!

  9. Harry Hartz says:

    Title should be called
    Mountain bike VS Road bike

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  11. Zadius895 says:

    flats are for sure the easier bar to weave with. i'm not some flat bar hipster fixie kid though, always drops on my commuter. if i had to choose a flat bar, it'd probably be mustache shaped and not a straight bar. just makes the most sense for me for comfort and ergonomics

  12. Hi Hello says:

    Man, banks should start installing these high-tech detection devices

  13. Outdated Tastes says:

    if I was to put drop bars on my mountain bike. would I really need to change the type of brake levers that I use? the bike shop said the conversion would cost around 500 bucks and that's WAAAY out of my price range

  14. Amigo Chevere says:

    With drop bars your head will land first in an accident also your knees will crush on the dropped bars.

  15. Amigo Chevere says:

    For New York traffic, flat bars any time, ask messenger guys.

  16. cpg music says:

    Better than top gear!

  17. PS4 Custom Gamer says:

    Neck strain vs comfort nope comfort every time I’m not competing

  18. Siddharth Hissaria says:

    This is going to be high tech.
    Sees the eggs.

  19. William Lam says:

    Whoever is holding the camera in the last segment must be high … cause the screen won't stop moving! Great video otherwise

  20. Accuser/Opposer says:

    Unfair test due to far smaller chain ring on the flat bar bike, waaaay higher cadence, almost comedically high

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