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Old 08-08-07, 08:08 PM   #1
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Trekking handlebar - German style?

I am currently using the Nasbar Trekking handlebar (also called a butterfly bar) on my touring bike but it has more flex than I like...very light weight material. Been looking around for the same style in a different brand that may be stiffer. I discovered a bar called "Xtreme Free Tour" on a web site from Germany that is same style. See it at http://www.roseversand.de/output/con...0&detail2=1180 The site also has other similar bars. Other German web sources may also have a similar bar but everything is in German so I cannot tell for sure. I have also seen a picture of Treking bar (in white?) with a the name Xtasy on it but I cannot find any such bar on the web.

Does anyone have any experience with Trekking bars other than from Nashbar? If so, what have you tried and did it have a stiff feels to it?
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I was in Germany for two weeks and returned just a week ago. I saw many bicycles everywhere and virtually all of them had the butterfly handlebars. People seemed to ride in a very relaxed way, so I doubt they were concerned about the bars flexing. I can read quite a bit of German and get along fairly well speaking it. Copy some text from a site of interest to you and send me a private message. I will tell you what it says.
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Copy some text from a site of interest to you and send me a private message. I will tell you what it says.
I tried a Google on Xtasy and Xtreme handlebar and saw several German sites but could not tell if the components were handlebars or other products tied to those names. The one site in english that I referenced had killer shipping rates to US so I doubt I would be ordering something from Germany. What I would really like to find is a source in the US for the German style bars other than Nasbar.
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Hi!

Roseversand is a serious and fast dealer so I think there is no problem to order the package there (if the costs ain't too much for you). The handlebar can be used very flexible and is usually build on Cross rather than on Trekking Bikes in Germany.

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I just bought a trekking bar from Harris Cyclery (http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/handlebars/index.html)

I haven't installed it yet but it seems pretty stiff.

I recieved quick service from them.

Plus their web site is in english.
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This one works good for me.
http://www.rei.com/product/629508
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I tried a Google on Xtasy and Xtreme handlebar and saw several German sites but could not tell if the components were handlebars or other products tied to those names. The one site in english that I referenced had killer shipping rates to US so I doubt I would be ordering something from Germany. What I would really like to find is a source in the US for the German style bars other than Nasbar.
Xtreme is the "house brand" of Roseversand, so it's probably produced by another manufacturer. I believe they have originally been introduced by a German company called Humpert.

I got one of those Trekking handlebars a couple of years ago for my commuter bike. Yet I'm not sure if I would get them again. For a more "sporty" position on the bike they are not really comfortable. I would rather get a standard bar such as this http://www.roseversand.de/output/con...0&detail2=1240
and add biogrips or Ergon grips to it. Another option that would changing positions would be the classic drop bars you can find on road bikes or classic British touring bikes.

For an upright position in a flat terrain they can be quite comfortable though.
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Roseversand web site is in English too. It's my favorite on-line shop, quick and punctual service, they've always replied promptly to any questions I've e-mailed their way (in English). I'm in Europe, so I have no idea how fast they deliver to US or what the costs would be.

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You might want check out the link below as well. I've found them to be much cheaper than Roseversand on both shipping and product cost, and they seem to have a much larger selection too. The site is in several languages.

http://www.bike-components.de/catalog/default.php

Wallbike in the States also sells trekking bars. http://www.wallbike.com/components.html#hb
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This one works good for me.
http://www.rei.com/product/629508
+ aliens.

My Safari came with one. Zero flex. It's been dumped/crashed numerous times playing bike polo with no probs.

This is the second time I've heard of someone complaining their Nashbar bar flexed.
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Here's another option if you're willing to fork over $136.
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