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Vintage Components - Modolo X-Tenos handlebars

On this page: Modolo X-Tenos handlebars: 42cm 8-bend black | 44cm 8-bend black

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The parts maker Modolo has been around a long time, Adamo Modolo having started the firm in 1952. The company is headquartered in Conegliano, in northeast Italy.

Modolo was originally dedicated to making parts for post-war Italian consumer bikes. In 1976 Adamo's son Domenico and his wife Serena began managing the firm. They took it in an entirely different direction. Instead of chasing the low-margin economic parts trade, Domenico, a capable industrial designer with a degree in mechanical engineering, began designing high-end parts.

The first product of that change, the Modolo Professional brake set, was an immediate hit. Shown at the 1977 Paris and Milan bike shows, the brakeset's superb design and workmanship made these brakes the go-to stopper for anyone not wanting to pay the big bucks for Campagnolo brakes.

The company expanded its offerings and in the late 1980s began producing stems and bars. Like Modolo brakes, Modolo offered a range of bar and stem products. The center section of the bars is 26.0mm

Modolo invented the "Anatomic" handlebar with the flat section on the drops for far greater hand comfort. These were called "6-Bend" bars.

Later Modolo began producing bars that also had a foreward slanted, straight section on the tops. These are "8 Bend" bars.

  • The X-Tenos race bars on this page were produced in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • The X-Tenos was made in both 6-Bend and 8-Bend designs
  • X-Tenos bars were made from 7000 series Aluminum alloy
  • X-Tenos bars were made both single and double-grooved
  • X-Tenos bars were produced in both black and silver in both bends.
  • Modolo bars are measured center-to-center

Modolo X-Tenos 8-Bend handlebar 42cm. new $98.95

Part# 30442

Single grooved

Modolo Z-Tenos 8-bend bars

The anatomic sections on the tops and drops can be seen clearly in this photo.

Modolo X-Tenos bars

Close-up of the center section.

Modolo X-Tenos 8-Bend handlebar 44cm. has been mounted, but is new $100.00

Part# 30442

Double grooved

Modolo X-Tenos 8-bend 44 bars

Double grooved and 8-bends

Modolo X-Tenos bars

Close-up of the center sections showing the scratches from being mounted on and taken off a new bike. The bars have not been ridden.