July 24, 2015 by

Prologue Cycling Reviews The BP4 Design Position

BP4 Handlebar Promises a Faster Ride with Less Effort A higher power output with less effort, that is the claim that BP4 Design makes about their BP4 handlebar. Cyclists are always seeking ways to gain an advantage over their competitors; a handle bar that promises a faster ride is worth a hard look. In the company’s own words, “The BP4 Design is the first and only patented wind tunnel & lab tested road drop handlebar in the world, proven to elevate rider performance. The patented BP4 handlebar position allows the rider to be biomechanically and ergonomically optimized, resulting in superior aerodynamics, enhanced comfort, increased power and greater VO2 efficiency.” The key to the BP4 handlebar is in the unique design and what they refer to as the “breakaway position”.  The BP4 takes the normal road bar design and adds a bend about halfway between the stem and the drops that brings the handlebars down about 5cm. This bend creates an angled section you can grip that is somewhat similar in feel to time trial bar extensions. Specifications The BP4 bars are made with T-700 carbon fiber. They are available in 42 or 44cm widths measured center to center. The stem and brake lever mounting areas have a textured, non-slip grit surface to help prevent slippage. Cable grooves located along each side allow the cables to all but disappear once bar tape is applied. The bars have a 77mm reach with a 179 drop. The BP4 angle drops the hoods 54mm. The center of the bar is 31.8mm...
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January 21, 2015 by

The BP4 Handlebar Review By Cody Oakland

When Rich Laporte asks me to take a look and evaluate his new Breakaway Pro 4 Racing Handlebars, I agreed.   When I saw them for the first time I thought they looked a bit like a Rams horn.  Anytime there is an innovation in an industry, there is a period of adjustment.  That period lasted about 1 minute until I had them in my possession.   I had to look at them from the perspective of an avid cyclist/triathlete and an exercise physiologist.  My first impression was that they felt very natural in my hands.  That natural feel is from the position of the mid bar angle.  From a biomechanical standpoint they place the hands in a more ergonomic position than a traditional set of bars.  The neutral position for the hand is a semi-supinated, semi – pronated  (thumbs up), this keeps the wrist in a more biomechanically and physically straight forward position.  Riding on the upper part of traditional bars can lead to sore wrists and numb fingers do to pressure on sensitive nerves in the hand.   By assuming this neutral position, it spreads the pressure more evenly across the hand and allows the rider to drop into a more aero position without placing unnecessary pressure on the body.

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January 20, 2015 by

BP4 Handlebar Reviewed By Road Bike Review

BP4’s innovative design increases comfort and claims performance improvement as well. At the Interbike Preview show, we spotted an interesting new take on the century old road handlebar shape. The BP4 carbon has a new shape to it that increases rider comfort by putting the wrists in a more natural and comfortable position. The company also claims increases rider performance in the way of advanced aerodynamics and “increases the rider’s power and V02 efficiency”. BP4 is the company and Rich LaPorte is the inventor. We talked to LaPorte and he said, “BP4 Design looks to disrupt cycling’s standard road handlebar with patented positions. The classic road handlebar design hasn’t advanced much in decades. BP4 Design is here to change that.”

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