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Old 03-24-09, 08:58 PM   #1
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Nitto RB-018 Bullhorns

I am looking to get good bullhorn handlebars. I found these: http://www.amazon.com/Nitto-RB-018-B...=1AU3J0K0BTEUG. Anyone have these, or heard of them? Are they any good? What do you all recommend for doing some skidding and track standing while also doing some riding.

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ive ridden them before, and they were pretty great for city riding, however i did not like them as much as i loved my nitto rb-021s. idn, the had great leverage for when i was climbing the drop in the bar allowed a more aero position if you really feel the need to go fast
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I have them and prefer them over bullhorns with drop. I liken them to a nice version of flip&chop bars. If flip&chops work for you then you will love rb-18's.
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+1 on the RB-021's!

So many hand positions.

And sexy too.
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http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=2942
here they are for about 10 bucks cheaper...idn why amazon has them for so much
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check out the tranz-x bullhorns. much cheaper and very nice if you dig black bars
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Will the RB-021s fit on my Mercier Kilo TT?
Here is the Kilo TT link: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm

I would get these: http://www.amazon.com/Nitto-Bullhorn...7955751&sr=8-2... correct?
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RB-021's are what I have coming in! The extra hand positioning looks to be ideal!
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I've used both and I prefer the 018's to the 021's. I never felt like i could quite get comfortable on the 021's. the 018's are really sweet!!
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Will the RB-021s fit on my Mercier Kilo TT?
Here is the Kilo TT link: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm

I would get these: http://www.amazon.com/Nitto-Bullhorn...7955751&sr=8-2... correct?
not on your stock stem
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I've used both and I prefer the 018's to the 021's. I never felt like i could quite get comfortable on the 021's. the 018's are really sweet!!
Must be a 916 thing.
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I've used both and I prefer the 018's to the 021's. I never felt like i could quite get comfortable on the 021's. the 018's are really sweet!!
I feel the same way. I could never get comfortable with RB021s also. If anyone wants to buy/trade, pm me.
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I am looking to get good bullhorn handlebars. I found these: http://www.amazon.com/Nitto-RB-018-B...=1AU3J0K0BTEUG. Anyone have these, or heard of them? Are they any good? What do you all recommend for doing some skidding and track standing while also doing some riding.

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my favorite bar on earth for riding in a city. a true flat portion for cruising, and a rock solid extension for sprinting or climbing...

i will say that you'll want to use them with a pista/negative rise stem so you can get a bit aero without mounting the bars like a moron.
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Sp00ki cosign on all points.

I too prefer the RB-018. Love mine and can't even imagine using anything else. I love sprinting with them and I feel like I have great control. Got the heat treated ones because I liked them so much.

Also +1 on Benscycle, that's where I got mine awhile back.



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I'm really digging your bar set up, did you fabricate the grips yourself? Also, what kind of brake lever is that, I feel as if I need one immediately.
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I'm really digging your bar set up, did you fabricate the grips yourself? Also, what kind of brake lever is that, I feel as if I need one immediately.
Hey thanks!

I wish I had the skill and ingenuity to make those covers, but I did not (But I did sew them on!). They're elkhide bar covers Velo-Orange.

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I have the RB-018 bars. I also prefer them over drop bullhorns. They're my favorite handlebar for city riding. The horns are longer than flipped and chopped road bars, so you get extra leverage when climbing and you can stretch out more when seated. Great for sprinting and climbing. They are a little flexy, but not too bad.
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not on your stock stem
They're 26mm at the stem right? Of course they'll fit the stock stem, maybe not by the numbers, but it works (.4 mm is really super negligible).

I've done it, I have a friend who put 31.8 bars into a 26 stem. It's fine, though you might get some marks where the stem attaches.
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I have a friend who put 31.8 bars into a 26 stem. It's fine, though you might get some marks where the stem attaches.
uhh... that sounds really sketchy and unsafe. i'd like to see a picture of that.
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I'm really digging your bar set up, did you fabricate the grips yourself? Also, what kind of brake lever is that, I feel as if I need one immediately.
that brake set-up is definitely the mutt's nuts
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uhh... that sounds really sketchy and unsafe. i'd like to see a picture of that.
He rode them (they were deda pistas) for a while like that, no sweat. I don't have pictures because he finally got a proper sized stem. But you can do it, and if you tighten it well, it's perfectly safe.
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He rode them (they were deda pistas) for a while like that, no sweat. I don't have pictures because he finally got a proper sized stem. But you can do it, and if you tighten it well, it's perfectly safe.
I agree with stripes, that sounds sketchy. I had 26 bars in a 25.8 stem and they went wild over bumps no matter how tight. The previous owner didn't realize they weren't compatible and ended up putting in a sheet metal screw.
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I have 18s on my winter bike and used to have them on my summer ride as well. At the end of last summer I switched to 21s on it. I disagree with posts saying there are more hand positions on the 21s. The opposite is true since (at least for me) it is very uncomfortable to ride on the angled drop sections. I do like that the horns are lower though. Unless you feel your bars are too high I would go with the 18s over the 21s.
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