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Old 10-08-10, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
i'm struggling with the lack of grooves. I have campy ergo shifters. How comfortable is it to route two housings under tape without grooves?
I do it on a Nitto Noodle bar (also no grooves) for the cable routing on my barcons and aero brake levers and I don't mind it.
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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
...400 grams is a hard pill to swallow.
??? That's a pretty typical weight for alloy bars, especially if you want ones that won't fail catastrophically at "inopportune times" (like there's any other kind).

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Old 10-09-10, 07:33 PM
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I'm surprised VO is not embraced, especially here in C & V. No I don't work there, but where else would you buy these products, all commerce or patent issues aside? Come on, have you seen those new cranksets, not gonna get that at Performance. Sure, we can deal with the clowns & crooks on Ebay and Craigslist to find good stuff, but I for one love the fact that you can buy a complete classic lined bike such as the Rando with one stop shopping for all of the components and have a real nice ride that's not as bland as a mass produced Surly. Now if they'd only get working on that bar mounted bottle cage from the 40's. Chris knows how to fill a niche, for you paddlers just look at the kayak business he ran prior to VO, also on the same block I might add.
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Old 10-09-10, 08:57 PM
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I like VO. Good service,products and stuff hard to find otherwise. I especially like the 50.4 crankset. Real close to that being on my bike.

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Old 12-21-11, 12:40 PM
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About the Chris' Grand Cru Rando Handlebar, its a nice bar but the one I bought has a slight lip on the end of the drop on the right hand side. I use Jagwire bar-end shifter mounts that slide over the end of the bar rather than Shimano/Suntour/Silver mounts that slide inside the bar end. Due to the lip, it was really hard to mount the shifter mount on the right side. Each of the two shifter mounts slid easily onto the left side of the bar and neither slid onto the right side of the bar so the problem definitely lies with the bar, not the shifter mounts. Ultimately I forced the shifter mount on and it works just fine. The bars otherwise look great and are pretty comfortable so no real complaints. I'm also sure there'd be no issues with brifters or normal bar-end shifters. I'm just a little disappointed in the quality of the bars.
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Old 12-21-11, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Epicus07 View Post
I finally got over the weight issue but now i'm struggling with the lack of grooves. I have campy ergo shifters. How comfortable is it to route two housings under tape without grooves?
They work just fine. Here are 8sp Record Ergos and the VO Rando bar.



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Old 12-21-11, 04:46 PM
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The only complaint I have about any VO product I've bought is that these North Road bars are a bit too flexible.

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Old 12-22-11, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
They work just fine. Here are 8sp Record Ergos and the VO Rando bar.



Ok, Colonel, what is that bike?
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Old 12-22-11, 07:30 AM
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Hey Colonel, what quill adapter did you use on that bike? I like the look of your stem better that my giant Technomic, though that's not enough to make me want to plop down the money just yet. I'd love to the function have a nice open faced stem extension. It seems like that would be the perfect setup for dialing in fit.
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Matt, that's the VO quill adapter. The stem, which I bought on eBay, was advertised as made by Nitto, but it isn't marked as such. The only markings are a "JR", I think. I don't remember. This stem doesn't have an open face, but I agree that's a nice feature for changing bars and whatnot. The 90 degree stem versus a 73 degree stem gives you some rise without looking as tall as a Technomic.

The frameset is an '81 Voyageur 11.8. The headset is the only original part, but I'm going to try a different fork soon so even the fork and headset will change. This is my testing platform.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
The only complaint I have about any VO product I've bought is that these North Road bars are a bit too flexible.

That's disconcerting. I have these VO porteur bars, and after 1.5 years of daily use, I'm starting to notice a lot more flex than originally:



I'm wondering if it's time to retire them? Does repeated flexing of aluminum lead to catastrophic failure?
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Originally Posted by uprightbent View Post
I'm surprised VO is not embraced, especially here in C & V. No I don't work there, but where else would you buy these products, all commerce or patent issues aside? Come on, have you seen those new cranksets, not gonna get that at Performance. Sure, we can deal with the clowns & crooks on Ebay and Craigslist to find good stuff, but I for one love the fact that you can buy a complete classic lined bike such as the Rando with one stop shopping for all of the components and have a real nice ride that's not as bland as a mass produced Surly. Now if they'd only get working on that bar mounted bottle cage from the 40's. Chris knows how to fill a niche, for you paddlers just look at the kayak business he ran prior to VO, also on the same block I might add.
Plenty of love here for VO. Most folks, myself included, have dealt with them and been happy. But C&V tends to be populated with bottom-feeding dumpster divers and scrap pile pickers (also myself included) that don't like to part with a buck when there's so much good free stuff out there waiting to be found.

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Dammit. I went and bought the Nitto Rando bar when VO still carried it but the curves are nowhere as graceful as the old alloy rando bar on my 71 Continental. This new bar looks like a clone of the older handlebar, shapewise.
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Nitto makes more than one randonneur bar. The B135 is the most common, but the B132a is available stateside too. I really like the B132a.

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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
That's disconcerting. I have these VO porteur bars, and after 1.5 years of daily use, I'm starting to notice a lot more flex than originally:



I'm wondering if it's time to retire them? Does repeated flexing of aluminum lead to catastrophic failure?
Is it time to retire them? if you're noticing a lot more flex than normal in a handlebar, YES.

I'd send them back to Chris with a note of tremendous concern.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
Nitto makes more than one randonneur bar. The B135 is the most common, but the B132a is available stateside too. I really like the B132a.

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I checked and mine are the B135.
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Old 12-29-11, 04:13 PM
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I've purchased lots from VO. Great products and design. I ride Nitto bars as well but I have a 46cm Course bar (parallel Maes bend) on a LHT I built 2-1/2 years ago with other VO parts like stem and seat post. No issues. Their stuff is sourced in Taiwan. I don't know anything about the Electra vs VO thing but there can only be so many companies that produce parts like this. I've noticed that all the new bikes sporting lugged, steel forks like Raleigh, Surly, Electra, VO etc. all look to be from the same manufacturer.


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I see Nashbar is selling a bar thats part way between moustache and Lauterwasser, it's on sale for $8.99 believe it or not. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_202446
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Originally Posted by Paramount1973 View Post
I checked and mine are the B135.
They're nice, but the B132a has a bend closer to the bars often seen in the 70s.
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