Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

What are these Nitto drop bars? wierd.

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

What are these Nitto drop bars? wierd.

Old 01-23-24, 01:32 AM
  #1  
Time Traveler
Thread Starter
 
BikePower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 326

Bikes: 1983 Ross Paragon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 204 Post(s)
Liked 98 Times in 51 Posts
What are these Nitto drop bars? wierd.

While looking for original drop bars for my Nashbar Race SIS, the only clue I could come up with as to what the original bars were is that they are "Nitto Tokyo" straight from the Nashbar catalog in 1986 spec sheet. The original stem was a Nitto Pearl , Black 95mm for my 23" frame from the same spec sheet. Ive not seen any in 95mm only increments of 10 starting from 70. Anyhoo, I did find these bars that say Nitto Tokyo on them, thes are the only bars Ive found BUT they appear to be STEEL bars with an aluminum sleeve in the middle? have any of you ever seen anything like this before? It is genuine Nitto made in Japan. What bikes and years did these bars come on ? Why steel? Any help finding the original stem and bars for my bike would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/oowAA...59/s-l1600.png
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/daMAA...X6J/s-l960.png
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/heYAA...7A/s-l1600.png
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/c64AA...X78/s-l960.png

Last edited by BikePower; 01-23-24 at 01:36 AM.
BikePower is offline  
Old 01-23-24, 02:06 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
icemilkcoffee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,385
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1557 Post(s)
Liked 1,732 Times in 972 Posts
Are you sure that is steel? FWIW I have a Nitto RB bar that has the same darkened finish, and itís definitely aluminum.
Nitto does make steel drop bars for track racing. But I doubt the one youíre looking at is steel.
icemilkcoffee is offline  
Old 01-23-24, 02:16 AM
  #3  
Ride, Wrench, Swap, Race
 
dddd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern California
Posts: 9,181

Bikes: Cheltenham-Pedersen racer, Boulder F/S Paris-Roubaix, Varsity racer, '52 Christophe, '62 Continental, '92 Merckx, '75 Limongi, '76 Presto, '72 Gitane SC, '71 Schwinn SS, etc.

Mentioned: 132 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1562 Post(s)
Liked 1,285 Times in 856 Posts
I've come across sleeved steel handlebars from Sakae, the Anatomic Modolo-patent style. And the steel part is 23.8mm unlike the 22mm of typical traditional steel bars as found on low-end bikes.
But the Sakae steel bars are from a lower-end bike as well, so it's just a cost-saving move (just as I am sure the same thing applies with the OP's Nitto bar).

And interestingly, I installed one on my recent Bridgestone Submariner purchase, replacing a narrower and skinnier steel bar, and it started creaking only today. So I will apply oil and check the stem clamp bolt tension.
dddd is online now  
Old 01-23-24, 04:19 PM
  #4  
Time Traveler
Thread Starter
 
BikePower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 326

Bikes: 1983 Ross Paragon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 204 Post(s)
Liked 98 Times in 51 Posts
Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee
Are you sure that is steel? FWIW I have a Nitto RB bar that has the same darkened finish, and itís definitely aluminum.
Nitto does make steel drop bars for track racing. But I doubt the one youíre looking at is steel.
the seller is sure because he said he used a magnet to test them.

If these are low end bars, what all aluminum Nitto bars used the "NITTO TOKYO" engraving like these do?
BikePower is offline  
Old 01-23-24, 04:52 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
icemilkcoffee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,385
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1557 Post(s)
Liked 1,732 Times in 972 Posts
Originally Posted by BikePower
the seller is sure because he said he used a magnet to test them.

If these are low end bars, what all aluminum Nitto bars used the "NITTO TOKYO" engraving like these do?
Not an expert on Nitto Etymology, but my aluminum Nitto RB018 does have 'Nitto Tokyo' imprinted on it.
I seriously doubt that Nashbar had a steel drop bar spec'ed for this bike. It has to have been a typical aluminum bar.
icemilkcoffee is offline  
Old 01-23-24, 05:31 PM
  #6  
Ride, Wrench, Swap, Race
 
dddd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern California
Posts: 9,181

Bikes: Cheltenham-Pedersen racer, Boulder F/S Paris-Roubaix, Varsity racer, '52 Christophe, '62 Continental, '92 Merckx, '75 Limongi, '76 Presto, '72 Gitane SC, '71 Schwinn SS, etc.

Mentioned: 132 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1562 Post(s)
Liked 1,285 Times in 856 Posts
Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee
Not an expert on Nitto Etymology, but my aluminum Nitto RB018 does have 'Nitto Tokyo' imprinted on it.
I seriously doubt that Nashbar had a steel drop bar spec'ed for this bike. It has to have been a typical aluminum bar.
It's an OEM bar, meant to fool the unsuspecting by it's normal appearance (mimicking an all-alloy bar). Since it's sold covered with bar tape, no one is the wiser unless or until thay perhaps weigh the bike, which most customers don't do (especially when it's a lower-level or mail order bike).

Unless the Nashbar bike was at, say the Ultegra level, I'd fathom that it very well could have come equipped with this particular bar, just as the bike's bottom bracket might also be something of lesser quality than all that it is attached to. It's a price-point thing that a Univega might also feature.

This discussion reminds me of the recent thread having to do with Avocet saddles, many of which are of much lower cost construction, being OEM saddles, often labeled as such to protect Viscount's retail-sales (vs. OEM sales) reputation.

Not that I don't like OEM Avocet saddles or OEM sleeved steel handlebars, since they are often found as take-offs at swap meets for pennies on the dollar, and functionally perfect for my all-purpose builds that get parked and locked in public places. The nutted-axle steel hubs on my Bridgestone Submariner are similarly great in this regard.
dddd is online now  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.