Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
Don't know the Van Dessel, but I've been riding for a couple of years with a Nitto mustache, which is similar. I had it on my Atlantis initially, but as another post mentioned, the choice of hand positions is surprisingly small. There's nothing equivalent to riding on the top of a drop bar, where I spend most of my time. I finally switched the Mustache to my singlespeed, which I use for shorter rides around town, and I like it there.
Be wary of going to a narrower bar, though. After years of experimenting, I've found that I'm most comfortable with 48-50cm (hard as hell to find; I don't know what I'm going to do when I have to replace mine). I'm a Clydesdale, 6'4" and 240, but anything narrower than 48 feels cramped to me now.