Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Help me choose a set of handlebars..Nitto...Salsa?

    I recently got a bike and I am wanting to change out the handlebars. Currently I have the Easton EC90 Carbon bars and I'm not really liking them. Ideally I would like a set of bars with a short drop and ones where I can get the hoods more on the top of the bars. I have a inch or so drop from my saddle to the bars and I'm wanting to sit up as much as possible.
    The bars I'm looking at are the Nitto Noodle, Nitto Randonneur, Salsa Poco and the Salsa Bell Lap.
    I am leaning more towards the bars from Nitto and think I like the Randonneur the best.....But I wanted to find out some some of you that have actually used these bars. Will the Randonneur bars allow me to mount the brakes up higher on the bar so that I don't have as much drop to the brakes as with some of the other bars? They look like they sweep up just a bit which might be an added benefit as well.
    Any suggestions from users?

  2. #2
    Senior Member Trek Al's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    My Bikes
    Trek Cronus & 520
    Posts
    265
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I tried the Nitto Randonneur. They were 44's but the measurement was at the bar ends rather than the hoods, which were three inches narrower. I mounted brifters on them but the angle was odd due to the way they swept in, the levers flared out. Riding on the hoods pulled my shoulders in and made them very uncomfortable. Replaced them after thirty miles with an Italian bar, old stock my LBS sold cheap, similar to the Ritchey BioMax. The Nitto Randonneurs are in the garage waiting to go on Ebay. I recommend against them.

    Al

  3. #3
    Mad bike riding scientist cyccommute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
    Posts
    15,600
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by blackgrass
    I recently got a bike and I am wanting to change out the handlebars. Currently I have the Easton EC90 Carbon bars and I'm not really liking them. Ideally I would like a set of bars with a short drop and ones where I can get the hoods more on the top of the bars. I have a inch or so drop from my saddle to the bars and I'm wanting to sit up as much as possible.
    The bars I'm looking at are the Nitto Noodle, Nitto Randonneur, Salsa Poco and the Salsa Bell Lap.
    I am leaning more towards the bars from Nitto and think I like the Randonneur the best.....But I wanted to find out some some of you that have actually used these bars. Will the Randonneur bars allow me to mount the brakes up higher on the bar so that I don't have as much drop to the brakes as with some of the other bars? They look like they sweep up just a bit which might be an added benefit as well.
    Any suggestions from users?
    I have the Bell Lap. It a nice bar. Mine are 46cm. The curve of the bar at the brake levers seems a really natural place to put your hands. They're much better than the Ritchey Biomax or Easton Carbons I've had on this bike and other bikes.

    You can see how the drops flare out in these pictures.



    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

  4. #4
    Senior Member kesroberts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Worcester, Mass.
    My Bikes
    Several
    Posts
    292
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've used salsa bell laps and short & shallows for touring and much prefer the S&S's. Bell Laps hurt my wrist. Poco is nice too for smaller folks - my wife has them on her bike.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The nitto noodle bars are heaven for long distance riding. Set the brake levers high and the ramp into the lever body is pretty much flat. Highly recommended.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Trek Al's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    My Bikes
    Trek Cronus & 520
    Posts
    265
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thread Hijack:

    cyccomute - What is the "Space Bar" you have mounted from your bars with the light attachment? My bars are too big at the center to hook up the clamp on the Planet Bike light I have. Looks like what I need for my lights. It would interfer with the handle bar bag unless I mounted it off to one side.

    Al

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,294
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm a Modolo guy myself....here's what I ride. (the 6 bend type)

    http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Old-Stock-Mo...QQcmdZViewItem

    some folks like the more classic rounded drops of the Nitto or Salsa bars.

    All these bars have shallow drops and work well with bar end shifters or STI brifters.

    I'd shop around and try to get a buy for less than $30 and EBAY them if you don't like them and get another style.

    It's all personal choice.

  8. #8
    Mad bike riding scientist cyccommute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
    Posts
    15,600
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Trek Al
    Thread Hijack:

    cyccomute - What is the "Space Bar" you have mounted from your bars with the light attachment? My bars are too big at the center to hook up the clamp on the Planet Bike light I have. Looks like what I need for my lights. It would interfer with the handle bar bag unless I mounted it off to one side.

    Al
    It comes from Performance. I modified it with a piece of 1" aluminum tube since the stock bar is a little small. Minoura also makes a version one called the Swing Grip which is adjustable.

    Look here for a picture of it mounted on a stem which would solve your problem. I have read that the Swing Grip is a little flimsy but I've never used one.
    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    477
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My experience with the Randonneurs was similar to Trek Al's. I liked them in the drops, but on the hoods, they felt cramped. On long rides, my wrists would end up pretty sore.

  10. #10
    __________ seeker333's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    2,682
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Minoura also makes a version one called the Swing Grip which is adjustable.
    Your performance space bar IS a rebadged minoura swing grip, version 1. The nashbar listed one is newer version 2. I have a version 2 and its very solid for the intended application. Not flimsy. Version 2 is a bit longer and has additional articulation point so it can mount above stem as in nashbar pic below. I use mine to hold 2-3 tailights further back, so my legs don't hit the wide ones (cateye ld1000).

    http://www.minoura.co.jp/index-et.html <-- see accessory

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...832&brand=1184

    The Perf. wheel truing stand is also a minoura. Repair stand, etc. Performance's only original gear is clothing and tires - everything else is somebody else's product thats been rebadged. Funny thing is, the originals are often cheaper than Perf, and sometimes a little better or prettier.

    Minoura produces some excellent value bike products - not the best, but biggest bang for buck.
    Last edited by seeker333; 04-13-07 at 02:12 AM.

  11. #11
    Mad bike riding scientist cyccommute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
    Posts
    15,600
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by seeker333
    Your performance space bar IS a rebadged minoura swing grip, version 1. The nashbar listed one is newer version 2. I have a version 2 and its very solid for the intended application. Not flimsy. Version 2 is a bit longer and has additional articulation point so it can mount above stem as in nashbar pic below. I use mine to hold 2-3 tailights further back, so my legs don't hit the wide ones (cateye ld1000).

    http://www.minoura.co.jp/index-et.html <-- see accessory

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...832&brand=1184

    The Perf. wheel truing stand is also a minoura. Repair stand, etc. Performance's only original gear is clothing and tires - everything else is somebody else's product thats been rebadged. Funny thing is, the originals are often cheaper than Perf, and sometimes a little better or prettier.

    Minoura produces some excellent value bike products - not the best, but biggest bang for buck.
    I know that but I was trying to keep the confusion factor down.
    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

  12. #12
    Senior Member halfspeed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    SE Minnesota
    My Bikes
    are better than yours.
    Posts
    11,093
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My wife and I have tried several of these bars. My favorite is Nitto Randonneur and my wife likes Ritchey BioMax. I use the larger of the two sizes available for the Randonneur on my road bike with Campy brifters. They're the best bars I've ever had. My hands are directly under my shoulders on the hoods and a bit wider in the drops. The flare with the brifters doesn't bother me at all. My wife really likes an "ergo bend" (I don't) so she ended up with the BioMax after trying Nittos, Salsas, Profile Design and others. The Salsa S&S had too much ramp. The Bell Lap may have had the same problem. I've got some wider bars and narrower bars on different bikes and, as I said before, I like having my hands directly below my shoulders on the hoods. A wider stance is much less comfortable for me.

    Bars are pretty personal. You won't find one everybody agrees is the best. Some people even like flat bars for some unfathomable reason.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •