CADEX Launches Race Handlebar, Expands into a New Component Category

August 24, 2021

The 160g CADEX Race handlebar is a super light one-piece carbon bar that delivers outstanding stiffness, maximum comfort, and superior handling.

CADEX, the manufacturer of high-performance cycling products, announced today the launch of a new product line category with the release of the CADEX Race handlebar. The bars weigh just 160g (size 420mm) and feature a CADEX-developed one-piece molding process. The CADEX Race handlebar is available starting from select authorized CADEX retailers and at www.cadex-cycling.com.

The CADEX Race handlebar features a precision one-piece carbon fiber layup technique developed by the team at CADEX. This single-piece composite construction eliminates the excessive weight and inherent flex found in the bonded joints of traditional three-piece bars, resulting in a bar that is incredibly lightweight and stiff.

Ergonomics have also been optimized in the CADEX Race handlebar with the tops featuring a gently curved design and a flattened rear section. This shape provides riders with an expanded range of hand and thumb positions, while also dampening and absorbing road vibrations, minimizing fatigue, and providing lasting comfort for all-day efforts.

The drops feature an easy-to-grip elliptical shape with a 72mm reach (68mm on the 380mm bar). This optimizes the ability for the rider to have a quick transition from a resting position on the top of the bars to a controlled position in the hoods. The 125mm drop (120mm on the 380mm bar) allows for a rapid transition from the hoods to the drops, ideal for the sprint.

“In our never-ending pursuit of pinnacle product, we wanted to greatly improve one of the most important touch points on the bike—the handlebar,” commented Jeff Schneider, Head of Product and Marketing at CADEX. “The Race bar utilizes much of the cutting-edge carbon layup technology found in our CADEX hookless rims, but the biggest achievement was creating an innovative one-piece road bar that eliminates the excessive weight and inherent flex found in the bonded joints of traditional three-piece handlebars. Combined with our optimized ergonomics, the result is an impressive 160g weight for a 420mm bar that doesn’t compromise on stiffness, strength, or comfort.”

Key Features Include:

  • One-Piece Construction
    • An advanced one-piece mold manufacturing process and carbon fiber layup offer outstanding stiffness and durability at an ultralight weight.
  • Short Reach and Shallow Drop
    • A reach of 72mm (68mm for 380mm bar) and a drop of 125mm (120mm for 380mm bar) enable a quick transition from the bar tops and hoods, for added control when switching hand positions.
  • Elliptical Drops
    • An elliptical drop design improves grip while boosting bar stiffness.
  • Ergonomic Shaping
    • The flattened rear section provides comfortable thumb contact and the gently curved top section offers superior grip and hand support during long rides.
  • Di2 Compatible
    • Compatible with Shimano Di2 bar-end style junction (EW-RS 910).

Technical Specifications

  • Full carbon bar
  • Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
  • Width: 380mm | 400mm | 420mm | 440mm
  • Drop: 125mm (120mm for 380mm bar)
  • Reach: 72mm (68mm for 380mm bar)
  • Weight: 154g (380mm) | 157g (400mm) | 160g (420mm) | 165g (440mm)

In addition to the CADEX Race handlebar, CADEX also offers cyclists several other high-performance cycling components, including 36mm, 42mm, and 65mm hookless carbon road WheelSystems, 4-Spoke Aero and Aero Disc WheelSystems for TT and triathlon applications, Race and Classics tubeless tires, as well as the award-winning Boost saddle.

Product images and technical information here: https://bit.ly/CADEX-RaceBar

Lighter is Faster – Constructed with a precision carbon fiber layup technique, the CADEX Race handlebar boasts a best-in-class weight of only 160 grams for a 420mm bar. A unique one-piece molding process eliminates the need for bonding, which results in a superlight weight that’s significantly lower than leading competitors.

Power and Control – Power and Control – One-piece composite construction eliminates the excessive weight and inherent flex found in the bonded joints of traditional handlebars. The drops have an elliptical shape with a 72mm reach (68mm for 380mm) for quick, controlled hand position changes and a responsive feel when sprinting, cornering, and descending.

Optimized Ergonomics – The tops feature a gently curved design with a flattened rear section for comfortable hand and thumb positioning. This ergonomic design helps minimize fatigue and provides long-lasting comfort for all-day efforts.   


CADEX is a line of high-performance cycling components, including WheelSystems, tires, saddles, handlebars, and other components. CADEX products are ridden and raced by world-class athletes who participate in developing and refining new products and technologies. CADEX components are available individually and as part of an exclusive line of top-flight bicycles. Learn more at www.cadex-cycling.com.