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    All-Road handlebar?

    I currently have a 26" drop bar off-road tourer. I've really liked the Noodle on my road bike, but wish the drops were more shallow and flared. I currently have a soma portola. It has a great flare, and the drop is very nice and shallow at 112 drop, but wish the ramps were more flat for longer distance riding on the hoods.

    Ordered the Nitto RM 013, but it still has a 140mm drop.

    Any dropped handlebars that you liked off road, as well as being comfortable on the hoods? Looking for shallow drop (around 120-125mm), good flat ramps, and nice flare. Also prefer 26.0 to fit on quill stem.

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    On one midge, maybe? But it's 25.4

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimpw View Post
    Any dropped handlebars that you liked off road, as well as being comfortable on the hoods?
    No. The extreme flair is what makes the drops good for off-road, but makes the hoods crappy.

    For a mix of off-road/on-road get with the Jones H-bar loop.

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    The Dirt Drops that Grant Spec'd in the early BS MB1's

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    I have tried most of the dirt drops available. I wanted to like the Nitto dirt drop, but it was too narrow. I have this one on my Fargo now in a 50cm and it seems promising. Will get a couple more rides on it before I tape it up.
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    Salsa Cowbell is the quintessential choice. (but 31.8)


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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalsimotxilla View Post
    On one midge, maybe? But it's 25.4
    Terrible for road use because you can only really ride in the drops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Salsa Cowbell is the quintessential choice. (but 31.8)


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    Agree - I love mine for gravel riding. Not the best for pure off-road riding, but they give you good control/handling when ridden in the drops on singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimpw View Post
    I currently have a 26" drop bar off-road tourer. I've really liked the Noodle on my road bike, but wish the drops were more shallow and flared. I currently have a soma portola. It has a great flare, and the drop is very nice and shallow at 112 drop, but wish the ramps were more flat for longer distance riding on the hoods.

    Ordered the Nitto RM 013, but it still has a 140mm drop.

    Any dropped handlebars that you liked off road, as well as being comfortable on the hoods? Looking for shallow drop (around 120-125mm), good flat ramps, and nice flare. Also prefer 26.0 to fit on quill stem.
    Those portolas look interesting. Have you considered the Soma Lauterwasser? http://www.somafab.com/archives/prod...lloy-handlebar

    They only work with mountain levers and shifter, but that's what a 26 inch MTB started its life with.
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