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Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Handlebar and Stem Dimension Crib Sheet

Handlebar dimensions
Stem Clamp
Size
Grip Area
Size
Application
22.2 mm 7/8" 22.2 mm 7/8" Steel bars. Mainly BMX, older Mountain bike bars.
23.8 mm 15/16" 22.2 mm 7/8" Obsolete British size for steel handlebars, common on older 3-speeds.
This size was also used for older British steel drop bars.
25 mm 23.5 mm Obsolete French size.
25.4 mm 1" 22.2 mm 7/8" Standard I.S.O. size, used on the vast majority of newer bicycles with upright handlebars.
This size was formerly common for steel drop bars.
25.4 mm 1" 23.8 mm 15/16" Standard I.S.O. size, used on most bicycles with drop handlebars.
Also used on older British aluminium upright handlebars.
25.8 mm 23.8 mm 15/16" Unofficial in-between size used by some Italian handlebar makers for handlebars designed to be usable in either ISO (25.4) or Italian (26.0) size stems.
26.0 mm 23.8 mm 15/16" Italian standard for drop bars, other bars made to fit Italian stems and some high-end aftermarket drop bars.
This is sometimes incorrectly called "road" size.
26.4 mm 23.8 mm 15/16" Older Cinelli and Cinelli copies. Cinelli changed over to 26.0 mm in 1998.
27 mm 23.8 mm 15/16" Titan (obsolete).
31.8 mm 1 1/4" 23.8 mm 15/16" Road oversized.

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