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Cinelli Criterium Vs Nitto B125AA Handlebars

Old 07-18-20, 03:44 PM
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Cinelli Criterium Vs Nitto B125AA Handlebars

I so wanted to run Cinelli Crit bars on a new project, I ordered a pair of the new production bars. I love the bend and have used them in the past but the finish on the new production is nothing to write home about, its a matt silver that is very delicate and really does not go with the whole C&V thing, IMHO.
So after looking at the spec sheet on the Nitto B125AA and comparing it to the Cinelli Crit spec sheet I came to the conclusion these were pretty close to being the same bend, so I ordered the Nitto NJS B125AA bars and I was not disappointed. The finish is the same pearlish finish as the Nitto Noodle bar and flawless.
So what follows is a photo comparison of the Cinelli and the Nitto. I will let you draw your own conclusions (the Nitto is 40cm, the Cinelli is 42cm).


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Old 07-19-20, 08:58 AM
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If there is a difference, i not be the one to detect it. You are so right about the Noodle bar, superb in every way.
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The Cinelli bars look like they have a bead blasted finish, vs the more traditional polish and clear anodizing on the Nitto. I'd say that Cinelli are intentionally trying to not look retro in this case.
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
The Cinelli bars look like they have a bead blasted finish, vs the more traditional polish and clear anodizing on the Nitto. I'd say that Cinelli are intentionally trying to not look retro in this case.
I agree with you, Cinelli backed away from from the retro look on this one, I find it odd that the 1A stem was not offered in this finish as well, I believe that would be more appealing as a coordinated paired set. I viewed their website and the only traditional item listed was their 1A quill stem stem and the classic bars bars are nowhere to be found.
So the Cinelli Crit's will join the embarrassingly large pile of handlebars that live in the garage until I find the time to strip and polish, at the end of the day their still a nice set of bars.
This sounds like an old man "lifestyle" rant.

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I have become an increasing fan of Nitto's handlebar offerings after being, for all intents and purposes, fairly ignorant of their modern bars after seeing the (seemingly generic) stuff from the '80s that looked like everyone else's classic drop bars. Well, that and the Noodle, of course. I am also a huge fan of the shape (and resulting comfort) of Criterium bars, and still have one 42cm example. The bead blasted new era Crits don't have that visual flare, and I don't know why Cinelli did that either. Oh well, another bar from Nitto to put on the "buy some day" list!
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