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Vintage Components - 3T Superleggero handlebars

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The parts maker 3T has been making bicycle parts since 1961. Originally named 3TTT for Tecnologia del Tubo Torino (Turin Tube Technology), the firm began by making steel handlebars in Turino. By the 1970s 3T products had switched to light alloys and were very well regarded. They were used by many top-end bike makers and successful pro riders.

  • 3T bars are measured end-to end
  • Center section is 25.8mm
  • 3T Superleggero bars were produced in the 1970s
  • In their 1974 catalogue 3T claimed that the Superleggero bars were the lightest racing bars in the world.
  • Weight is about 240 grams (Only about 60 grams more than the modern carbon fiber version)
  • There were two bends: Tour de France-Merckx and Gimondi

3T Superleggero drawing

From a 1970s 3T catalog

3T Superleggero Merckx bend 42cm. Used, $70.00

Part# 3T-SL-merckx42-u52

3T Superleggero handlebars

Classic Merckx bend

3T Superleggero handlebar

The "Merckx" name is stamped in the center, just above the "42".