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Soma Noah's Arc bar - thoughts?

Old 02-03-06, 01:38 PM
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Soma Noah's Arc bar - thoughts?

I think chimbly has used these but I could be wrong. Anyone else?

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Old 02-03-06, 01:50 PM
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iii want them
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They look sweet! I don't know what I would put them on though. Chimbly has them on her purple 3ren
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they looks like fun bars for an around town beater type bike, but i don't think i'd like to do a long ride on them, or ride very aggressviely with them
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How wide are they? They could be sweet on a MTB, for those who love sweep.
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these are probably the most wonderful things ever made if you can find them. even better still if you chop about 6 inches off of each end for a more "graceful" sweep...
for pics of them in action (somewhat) check out: http://velospace.org/node/149
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Old 02-03-06, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane
How wide are they? They could be sweet on a MTB, for those who love sweep.

They're pretty wide. I'm considering them for a Bianchi San Jose for a combo of commuting and light trail riding - maybe with a few inches chopped off.
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Old 02-03-06, 04:29 PM
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Burly has an "arc bar" that is just like that, but black and alloy. Very comfortable, but I'm not sure about the asthetics.
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the sweep on my above pictured nittos is, to my eye at least, quite pleasing -- aesthetically speaking. i wanted a "swept back" flat bar, no rise, but not too bent-pipe looking. ideally, i was going to sacrafice a set of nitto track drops and cut them before they start bending down, thus only leaving the top sweep left... the ones that i posted above have this exact look, and only needed the excess chopped. the sweep is quite graceful, and the riding position is incredibly comfy. i can climb for days on them (standing or sitting) and sprinting is a breeze. i whole heartedly recommend them.

more: the way that mine sweep back put my hands in a quite natural position (parallel to the bike's tubing rather than perpendicular to it). your hand position is more like it would be when pushing a wheel barrel as opposed to a stroller. having my hands thusly positioned (as they naturally want to do, like they are at my sides, with palms facing towards one another organically, rather than twisting the arms a bit in order to face all knuckles forward as if punching) it is so comfy!

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The other bar that lovers of the sweep back might like is the Surly Torsion bar. It is a flat bar made by Nitto (!) made from steel (!) and it has a 15 degree sweep back (standard flat bars have only about 5). I am currently waiting for a one and will let you know how it rides.
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I want Noah's arc handlebar SOO badly! it looks sexy on bike.. NOAH'S ARC BAR
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such a nice bar. if u cut it down a litle bit. so classy
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I thought this thread was going to be about an energy bar with a bit of every kind of animal in it.

BTW, GMER, way to keep a thread alive! You a Soma rep or something?
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I've got a Noah's Arc bar that's been left uncut and run on my SS mtb for a while, where it was super comfy. Then I cut a few inches off each side and had it on my fixed errand/commuter bike, and now it's in my bars bin, but it may make an appearance on my next build. It's a great bar.
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I really like the way the bars look. Is the grip diameter 22.2 or 23.8? If it's the latter I could run these bars with a bar end shifter on my roadie.
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I really like the way the bars look. Is the grip diameter 22.2 or 23.8? If it's the latter I could run these bars with a bar end shifter on my roadie.
Not sure about the grip diameter, but the clamp diameter is 25.4... I've always found Soma to be fairly responsive if you contact them directly.
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Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
BTW, GMER, way to keep a thread alive! You a Soma rep or something?
Really, keep this thread alive?? I just pull it (thread as old fossil bones) out of grave what the interesting Noah's arc handlebar I discover.. thats how this thread stay alive and exist..

Ha ha Ha I aint soma rep.. Soma really caught my eyes and their products really interesting me.
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Bridgestone used to use arced bars like these on some of their city bikes. Used to be able to find take-offs at Bridgestone dealers in the discard bar box for cheap.

I got a set for my slightly too large Trek 510 conversion, back in the day. Chopped about 2" off either end. They worked great, loved them. Then they were stolen, with the rest of the bike...
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O.D. Diameter of the bars are 22.08mm at the ends.
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if you are putting this on a bike with a riser stem (of some sort), cool
if you put this on a drop stem, you will eat **** and die and look dumb doing it.
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They look like chopped old vintage "half moons", been around since the dawn of bikes

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I've used them on my 3spd townie bike a bit, and I recently put them on my winter beater I just picked up. They are pretty comfortable for around town and short commutes. I prefer them over a normal straight bar or risers, but definitely wouldn't use them for extended rides. Also, you'll want to chop them down a bit most likely, especially if you're in traffic at all. I took 2" off the ends of mine and it seems perfect.
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