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Old 03-13-18, 07:27 PM
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Nittos or knockoffs?

I’ve had these handlebars for years and I've used them on at least three different bikes. I seem to recall purchasing them at a LBS in the early 2000s. The shop carried Rivendell stuff and I thought they were Nitto Priest bars. (That was a Riv moniker, right?)

I was about to install them on a yet another bike, but upon close examination I could not find a Nitto marking anywhere. I have new Albatross bars so I matched them up. They’re a pretty close match in rise, sweep, and width.

The markings on the bars include NR-AL-13 and W:545. Not hard to figure most of this out… north road, aluminum, 545mm width. I've never seen a Nitto product that wasn't branded. So if they’re knockoffs, what's the brand?



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Above the markings you transcribed, I see the letters NL. That's the brand, I think. But I can't remember what it stands for.
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Above the markings you transcribed, I see the letters NL. That's the brand, I think. But I can't remember what it stands for.
Yeah, I neglected to mention that "NL". I think you're right, but I couldn't find any reference to NL handlebars on the internets. Nitto-Like perhaps?
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
Yeah, I neglected to mention that "NL". I think you're right, but I couldn't find any reference to NL handlebars on the internets. Nitto-Like perhaps?
I've seen some reference to NL before as a brand that made BMX risers for various companies in the 80s.
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Wait, my initials are NL! I’m afraid I don’t remember manufacturing those bars.
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According to this post in a BMX forum, the initials are HL for Hsin Lung, a Taiwanese maker of bike parts.

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Thanks Neal. Brand mystery solved. I wonder if they're still being made? So, I guess they're not Rivendell Priest bars. Anyone have a set of Priest bars? Just curious and I really couldn't find an image of them.
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Well, I can't find any connection between the NL logo and Hsin Lung. I realize the post you linked has photos, but I'm not seeing them. Other photos of the same logo that I've found on the web do, however, look more like HL than the one above:



If you go to ebay and search for NL Seatpost, you'll find a lot of them. I have one on my folding bike, dated 2014, and made in China (not Taiwan)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2016-Strong...kAAOSwp-RaYhqT

I am under the impression this NL or HL is a major manufacturer of bicycle components in China, making seatposts, handlebars, suspension forks, etc.
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
Thanks Neal. Brand mystery solved. I wonder if they're still being made? So, I guess they're not Rivendell Priest bars. Anyone have a set of Priest bars? Just curious and I really couldn't find an image of them.
I'm not sure if Nitto or Rivendell made "priest" bars, but Cinelli sure did. The legend is that the pope didn't like the drop bars on his custom built gold Colnago and wanted more upright bars. Cinelli invented the "pope" or "priest" bar shape for this project.

google image search them.

FYI, they're quite rare (i think they still are...) I sold mine about 10 years ago for $300.
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I'm not sure if Nitto or Rivendell made "priest" bars, but Cinelli sure did. The legend is that the pope didn't like the drop bars on his custom built gold Colnago and wanted more upright bars. Cinelli invented the "pope" or "priest" bar shape for this project.

google image search them.

FYI, they're quite rare (i think they still are...) I sold mine about 10 years ago for $300.
Which led me to start using one of my favorite expressions of surprise and shock: Holy Pope John Paul on a bicycle!
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I have Cinelli Priest bars and a shortened Nitto Dirtdrop stem on my Jeunet. The bars are designed to be used with road brake levers. I like the combination a lot, but only for short rides.
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Well, I can't find any connection between the NL logo and Hsin Lung. I realize the post you linked has photos, but I'm not seeing them. Other photos of the same logo that I've found on the web do, however, look more like HL than the one above:


If you go to ebay and search for NL Seatpost, you'll find a lot of them. I have one on my folding bike, dated 2014, and made in China (not Taiwan)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2016-Strong...kAAOSwp-RaYhqT

I am under the impression this NL or HL is a major manufacturer of bicycle components in China, making seatposts, handlebars, suspension forks, etc.
Well, given the inventory of the shop where I purchased the bars, and the fact that it was early 2000s, Taiwan seems more likely than China. It was likely purchased through QBP, so perhaps it was part of the house brand Dimension line. I would just like to purchase another set, but I don't think it's going to happen.

Thanks for the help!
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Well, I can't find any connection between the NL logo and Hsin Lung.
It's an HL logo.
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Lots of handlebar manufacturers have long made a similar bend, bar , Nitto of Japan is just one of them ..


NL? Netherlands? Dutch bike style handlebars , Oma, Opa are grandma and pa bikes.. made for a very long time, There..

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