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Nitto RB-002

Old 06-19-10, 02:21 PM
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Nitto RB-002

The purpose of this thread is to help anyone else curious about these bars, since it seemed nobody really had any input on these bars before I purchased them from Ben's Cycle, so I thought I would upload some photos and my take on the bars. I wanted a set of bullhorns that were more narrow than my current 42cm Eigthinch setup, and ones that offered some drop, but nothing too aggressive. After looking around for a while, I found the RB-002 on Ben's Cycle, but nowhere else, leading me to be a bit suspicious... plus they were a bit pricey at $66. But I figured what the hey and ordered them up. I ordered two days ago and they arrived today. I am very pleased with the bars, offering a more narrow riding stance with any hand position, and a bit more of an aggressive forward pitch, without requiring back surgery. Check out the photos and see for yourself.

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Compared to my old bullhorns:


Installed:


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Old 06-19-10, 02:28 PM
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looks like the tops sweep back a bit like the syntace stratos...comfy!
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Old 06-19-10, 02:32 PM
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Never heard of them, sweet.
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Old 06-19-10, 03:26 PM
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looks good. i have the RB-018 which are just flat. do you find the slope annoying or comfortable?
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Old 06-19-10, 03:35 PM
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Looks nice and clean, I love the shots of the new bars on your bike!
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Originally Posted by buttstink View Post
looks good. i have the RB-018 which are just flat. do you find the slope annoying or comfortable?
I enjoy the slight slope. My previous bars were flat. They were comfortable too. These put less strain on my wrists.
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Old 06-19-10, 04:35 PM
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interesting... sometimes i feel my wrists ache a little too.
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Looks almost identical to Nashbars' TT Bar...



got it for $20.
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Old 06-19-10, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by squeegeesunny View Post
Looks almost identical to Nashbars' TT Bar...



got it for $20.
Good for you. I think that looks a bit longer, more of a stretch to reach the curve of the horn. I'm not into it, but I am glad you like them.
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Old 06-19-10, 04:59 PM
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uhhh, identical???
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nitto prices are silly.
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Those look nice. I hate my RB-021s and have been looking for something with a shallower drop and a 31.8 clamp. Can't find a good retailer/deal on such bars with free/cheap shipping to Canada, though.
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Old 06-19-10, 06:49 PM
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Think I'll order a pair in silver. RB-018's were too flat, RB-021's too angled. Maybe these will be just right...

Do you find them to be too narrow at 38cm? I have some B-125's in 38cm and they seem a little narrow.

Oh and adriano, Nitto prices seem very fair to me. Very good quality for the money. But I am a Nitto w*ore. Both the fixed gear and roadie sport a Nitto seatpost, bars and stem.
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Old 06-19-10, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by xB_Nutt View Post
RB-018's were too flat, RB-021's too angled. Maybe these will be just right...

Do you find them to be too narrow at 38cm? I have some B-125's in 38cm and they seem a little narrow.
That was my thinking too, they're somewhere in between and fit well. I wanted something a bit narrow, but they feel just right to me.
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Old 06-19-10, 10:53 PM
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i like alot. i had 21s but sold them cause i didn't really like the angle, but they were 38s. they fit me well. not to narrow.
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Originally Posted by xB_Nutt View Post


Oh and adriano, Nitto prices seem very fair to me. Very good quality for the money. But I am a Nitto w*ore. Both the fixed gear and roadie sport a Nitto seatpost, bars and stem.
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Old 06-20-10, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by kato7997 View Post
looks like the tops sweep back a bit like the syntace stratos...comfy!
Seconded. They look JUST like the Stratos.

This is the first thread I've heard anyone say they didn't like the RB-021's though. Now I'm wondering if I should go for something shallower like these.
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Old 06-24-10, 08:08 PM
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Goldilocks got his RB-002 today and it is "just right". RB-021 going up for sale...
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I took a 40 mile ride with them today, I concur "just right! "
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I really want to get these, but they look to be only sold via Ben's Cycle (currently out-of-stock). What's the deal!?!?
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Those look real nice. Too bad they are so overpriced.

I have access to a machine shop and was thinking about trying to fab my own handlebars. (bend some tubes, basically) Has anyone ever tried this?
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everyone bought them all after this thread. No one wants rb021s anymore

oh and nealjoslyn - never tried but i always wanted to make one. Unfortunately i lack the equipment.
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I actually just ditched RB-018 for some 021's and I love them. I tried to go back to my 18's and it didn't feel right, I couldn't get as aggressive of a positioning when I wanted to sprint and that frustrated me. I dig the 021 though I think I may end up starting a relationship with some 019s.
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i bought these and i have to say they are my favorite bullhorns. the slight back-sweep and slight drop make them perfect - very ergonomic. like a few here, i also owned the RB-021's and i really didn't like them. i mean, they looked cool and i thought the angles would provide a more ergonomic feel than the RB-018, but i was wrong. i'm trying to find another for my other bike...too bad they're sold-out on ben's cycle.
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hey OP what kind of bar tape do you have..looks nice...
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