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Nitto RB-018, RB-019 or RB-021?

Old 02-10-09, 05:29 PM
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Nitto RB-018, RB-019 or RB-021?

I am torn between these three styles of bars.

RB-018 http://www.eighthinch.com/mm5/mercha...ndlebars_stems

RB-019 http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...0&currency=USD

RB-021 http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...4&currency=USD

It is very hard for me to tell the difference between the 019 and the 021. Can anyone that has used them fill me in?

Also, any pictures of them on bikes so I can get a better idea of what they will look like, and the different hand positions.

All opinions, good and bad, on any of the bars listed would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-10-09, 05:57 PM
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Each one of those descriptions pretty much tells the difference between them. Just different widths, drop, etc.
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Old 02-10-09, 05:58 PM
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RB-021 for the win!

I love mine:
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Old 02-10-09, 06:01 PM
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The 019's have a swept forward drop section, whereas the 021's drop straight down. The 018's obviously are flat.

I have owned all three and like the 021's the best. The 018's should give you the most hand positions, and the 019's the least (the swept forward part isn't really all that useful for a hand position).

The 021's are similar to the 018's, except with the drop. Its a little more comfortable for me, and the horns have a nice drop to them.
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Old 02-10-09, 06:04 PM
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Thanks for the pictures and info. I am now debating between the 018 and 021. I think the 021's might be more what I'm looking for, and they look a little better for beasting.
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Old 02-10-09, 06:06 PM
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i'll be using some 21's pretty soon here
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021 look more badass.
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Love my 21s.
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More angles of the 021's



I love them. Best bars I have ever rode. Those are the 38cm wide ones by the way.
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Old 02-10-09, 07:29 PM
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these are some "nitto aerodynamic" bars I pulled off an old fuji track bike I bought:

note drill holes for cable routing. Maybe the are the precursors to the b-21s?
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I've got 18's and dig em. I've had 21's and I didn't like riding the flats of those as much as the on the 18's.

although 21's do look waaaaay more badasss than any of the other options.

get either the 18's or 21's.
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whatever u get tape them all the way unlike these shown
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Or you can tape them however you want to.
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Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
these are some "nitto aerodynamic" bars I pulled off an old fuji track bike I bought:

note drill holes for cable routing. Maybe the are the precursors to the b-21s?
these are basically chopped 123aas save for the cable holes...
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Old 02-10-09, 08:43 PM
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It's a personal preference. If you ask the internet you will get several different answers. To make it worse, each bar comes in multiple widths.

To make the best decision, you will have to hold them in your hands either in a store on on someone's bike.
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Old 02-10-09, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by JayNev View Post
whatever u get tape them all the way unlike these shown

I like the feel of metal when I'm not cranking in the drop part of the horns.
I'll tape how I want
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Old 02-10-09, 09:04 PM
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RB 21s are the way to go in my opinion. i got fist size cork tape on the flats and track grips in the drops. very comfortable.
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Old 02-10-09, 09:07 PM
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i rode the rb-021s and loved them, they allow for tons of hand positions
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Another vote for the RB-021s. I have them on my Kilo TT and love them.
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I have R-018 bars on my road conversion, and like that they offer a comfortable, upright riding position (on the flats), and a great place to grab onto (the horns) when you need/want to climb, sprint, or accelerate quickly from a traffic light or stop sign.
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Another vote for 21s.
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why do you guys like 021s so much?
i had them because they looked good but i gave them up because you can only ride with your hands very close to the stem or with your hands in the drops. the drops are good for climbing though. i shouldve got the 018s
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Originally Posted by jaywhy View Post
why do you guys like 021s so much?
i had them because they looked good but i gave them up because you can only ride with your hands very close to the stem or with your hands in the drops. the drops are good for climbing though. i shouldve got the 018s
See my point, bkowa092?

I don't even dig nitto bullhorn bars. I considered them for a while but I prefer Syntace or Profile. But the nitto drops are nice.

My point is that the chances of you buying the right style for you in the right size sight-unseen are VERY small and you will probably buy another pair and take a loss selling the first. So if you can, go and give several bars a try. Also go to a store that serves the triathlon crowd. All tri bikes use bullhorns. That's how I got turned on to Syntace Stratos and Profile T2 Wing bars.

Your body connects to the bike in 5 places: 2 hands, 2 feet, and your butt. Choose your bars wisely, they are 2/5 of the equation. There is a good reason that people stick to bars, saddles, and pedals once they find those that fit. It's because experienced riders know that it is very difficult to find a good fit. How many ads do you see that say "I'm keeping the pedals" or "I'm keeping the saddle..."
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Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
these are some "nitto aerodynamic" bars I pulled off an old fuji track bike I bought:

note drill holes for cable routing. Maybe the are the precursors to the b-21s?
I've got these on my TT bike. they're nice and look good, but not many hand positions. doesn't seem like anybody makes bars like these anymore...
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Old 02-11-09, 03:34 AM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
See my point, bkowa092?

Your body connects to the bike in 5 places: 2 hands, 2 feet, and your butt. Choose your bars wisely, they are 2/5 of the equation. There is a good reason that people stick to bars, saddles, and pedals once they find those that fit. It's because experienced riders know that it is very difficult to find a good fit. How many ads do you see that say "I'm keeping the pedals" or "I'm keeping the saddle..."
+1. I've also heard the Stratos' are real nice. I just got a pair of mavics that I found online, but they are used, kinda beat up, and the bar ends were chopped off...so I'm trying to return them.
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