Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Rivendell Sam Hillborne DTT in Awesome Green; Brompton M6R (reduced gearing) in Sage Green; GT Timberline Hybrid (10 years old!)
Any experience with Nitto Albatross handle bars?
I'm not sure which is the best forum for my question, but I'm picking up a Rivendell Hunqapillar and I can't decide on which handlebars to get.
I currently have a bike with moustache bars and it's great, but would not mind some more hand positions. I was very intrigued by the Salsa Fargo and its woodchipper drop bars. I do not plan on doing excessively long tours - mostly day long trips of several hours at a time. I was thinking of trying drop bars on the Hunqapillar.
However, when I ride with my wife, she prefers a more leisurely ride, and this is where the moustache bars I found a bit less comfortable because I just really want to go faster. So, I was thinking of a more MTB style or Nitto Bullmoose bar to be a bit more upright.
I hadn't really consider the Nitto Albatross bars - how long are they for longer distances? However, I have noticed that a lot of Hunqapillar riders use the Albatross bars, and the bar has gotten a lot of good reviews. And Rivendell even features a rider on mountain trails using what looks like an Albatross bar on one of its videos (just search YouTube). Finally, if I take the bike on rougher trails, I would think something like Nitto Bullmoose bars (more MTB style) would be best.
Some swear by another one, the Nitto Bosco Bullmoose bar, which sort of lends the above.
Any opinions on what handle bar best serves me in all situations?