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Old 01-27-13, 03:36 PM   #1
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Which Handlebars?

I'm wanting to change a dropped bar bike with barend shifters to an upright bar with barend shifters. I'm told both the Nitto Albatross and the Soma Oxford will work fine. The Nitto is more expensive than the Soma. Looks are not critical as I will be wrapping the entire bar for more hand positions.
Design wise are they similar or are there differences? Would appreciate any feedback from those who know these bars.

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Old 01-27-13, 03:56 PM   #2
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If you just want a more comfortable ride with several hand positions, I'd start by just raising the current drop bars. The trend is to sell bikes with the handlebars cranked right down, racer-style. By raising them up, you'll find that you can actually use all the hand positions comfortably.

I do use swept-back handlebars on my 3-speed though and find them very comfortable to ride with, so if you aren't happy with dropped bars in general they're a good choice IMO. I've found four useful hand positions with mine- the grips at the end of the bar, slightly further forward holding the front of the brake levers, the front curves and the middle of the bar. With the last one you end up quite low and stretched forward, so it's good for zooming down a hill. Holding the grips puts you quite upright, which is great for riding in traffic, but does need a more supportive saddle (preferably sprung) to soak up the road bumps. Bar end shifters should work great with them too.
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Soma makes clones of popular more expensive bars, for less. check the specs, i've heard that oxford is an albatross clone.

How about these though?
Cant beat that price; and theyre steel; which means you get simultaneous compatibility with 22.2 mtb flatbar levers as well as bar end shifters (steel bars with thin(yet strong) wall beat alloy in this regard)
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fun note; turn them upside down and theyre almost identical to the soma Sparrow handlebar; except they have more flat section at the center for mounting lights, etc. at half the price

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Old 01-28-13, 11:04 AM   #4
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I have Nitto's chrome moly bars, the use of the more costly steel alloy, just like in bike frames,

lets the strength be maintained While thinning the tube wall and so saving weight.

+ I expect they have springiness that a more substantial, thicker wall tube, would lack,

but since im sitting more upright, the weight, hands, on the grips is reduced.. anyhow..

++ bar end shifters fit in the end easily..

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