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Reason for drop bars that sweep back from the stem

Old 10-21-16, 07:20 AM
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Reason for drop bars that sweep back from the stem

Some drop bars sweep back from the stem before bending forward to the hoods. Seems to a feature of Randonneur bars and Nitto Noodle has it also. What is the purpose of this drop bar feature? Why do some Randonneur bars sweep up from the stem?


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more relaxed hand positions, that's all.
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When your hands are in what position on the bar?
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Aren't those called "randonneur" bars ?? Never tried them.
For long tour type rides. Not sure how they help though.
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Originally Posted by Lakerat
When your hands are in what position on the bar?
that would depend on your and what you are doing at the moment...you will change position of your hands on the bar multiple times through out the ride

That is the reason for any type of drop bar, to give you multiple options of hand position...that is the feature that makes them overall more comfortable.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Aren't those called "randonneur" bars ?? Never tried them.
No, the randonneur bend is flared at the drops:



I have them on a couple bikes. They're particularly nice with guidonnet brake levers.
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What Rivendell calls it's "Nitto Noodle" , also known as the 177, has that slight backwards sweep, then a flat area behind the brakes. The rear sweep doesn't really do much except shorten the reach when on the tops. That in turn means you might need a 10mm longer stem, all things being equal. The flat part is actually very comfortable as your hands don't slide down into the valley behind the brifters/brake levers.

I find this comfortable on my tourer and steel bike who's h-bars are at seat level. My carbon go-fast has a more recent FSA bar with a more pronounced valley that I like when hammering. The bike with the FSA also has the bar 2 inches lower then the seat.

In truth, both setups are comfortable for long rides.
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A 177 bend/Noodles just curve back with out coming up like the rando .. & the drops dont bend outboard So..
In the drops you can climb out of the saddle and wrists not hit the tops

Many dozens of different bends .. want something else? Buy it.
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The current handlebar spec'd for Diamondback gravel bikes is a modern interpretation of the Nitto Noodle. Less drop but similar shape and backsweep on the top curves.

I didn't know this going in but once I rode it for a while I was really impressed with how the backsweep curve fit into my palm. Gave me a more comfy in-between hoods and tops, this isn't pictured below but you can see the backsweep of the tops and slight flare to the drops.
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Spoonrobot- I was wondering if this bar feature is for comfort when the hands are in this position. It makes this area of the bar curved which may allow multiple angles when gripping and maybe more palm contact area.
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It is more comfortable for me, I can put up a better picture tonight to show it but I just put my palm on the bend and wrap my thumb over the top and fingers around the bar. Seems like the backsweep fits into my palm "pocket" better and changes the alignment of my arms shoulders just enough that everything gets a rest versus tops/hoods/drops.
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