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Old 10-25-15, 10:43 AM
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Question about Nitto Randonneur bars

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I'm currently considering some Nitto Randonneuring bars for a touring build as they seem to be the only bars I can find wide enough that also fit in my stem (25.4) . I am more used to classic looking handle bars but don't have much choice here . So what are these bars like ? Does the way they turn the brake levers outward actually make them more comfortable ? Are they good for long days in the saddle ? what is the general consensus on these type of drop bars ?

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No, Angle, its not that Much .. the width is always Measured at the Bottom .. so A 46 is actually a 38 on the top.

Specialized got Nitto to badge their bars for them, as part of the mid 80's Expedition Build. I had one of those .

Why not choose the bars you want and change the stem to suit?
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
No, Angle, its not that Much .. the width is always Measured at the Bottom .. so A 46 is actually a 38 on the top.

Specialized got Nitto to badge their bars for them, as part of the mid 80's Expedition Build. I had one of those .

Why not choose the bars you want and change the stem to suit?
Reason is is that the stem is a nitto technomic that can get the bars up that high , no other stem I can find could get the bars in the right position, tried a head conversions with riser stems etc . Could have gotten a nitto technomic with a 26.0 clamp but I would have had to import from the U.S to europe and the customs and excise charges would have made it financially unfeasible . Long gone are the days when a shop would mark goods as a "gift " for european customers so it seems .
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I have some Nitto Rando bars and love em. The flare is minor. Riding then hoods is plenty comfortable even with the flare.
I like that the Yb bring the ramps up and back a little. The ramps are plenty flat to ride on them for a long time too.
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I had a set of Nitto Noodle bars on a previous touring bike and loved them. The current bike has an NVO Components ATS Stem, which I would have to change out to a more conventional setup to get a stem to fit the Noodle and have been considering the Randonneuring bars. I loved the Noodle, which sweeps gently back a little from the clamp and the flats, ramp and brake hoods sit very comfortably.

Not sure I will like the
Randonneuring bars as much. Anyone have experience with both?
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Originally Posted by jambon
Reason is is that the stem is a nitto technomic that can get the bars up that high , no other stem I can find could get the bars in the right position...
Sounds like what you really need is a more appropriately sized bike, so that you don't have to resort to extraordinary steerer length to achieve high bar height.

If you are trying to turn an old racing bike (designed for low bar height/racing posture) into a touring bike, then know that it generally doesn't work well for a number of reasons.
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Originally Posted by seeker333
Sounds like what you really need is a more appropriately sized bike, so that you don't have to resort to extraordinary steerer length to achieve high bar height.

If you are trying to turn an old racing bike (designed for low bar height/racing posture) into a touring bike, then know that it generally doesn't work well for a number of reasons.
Im a difficult bike fit , long legged and short torsoed and armed . I need tall bikes with short top tubes . The bike I have is the best fit could find in my price range and that's after months and months of searching .
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I just scooped a pair of the 44 rando bars; coming from the old bontrager select ergo bars in 44, the narrower width at the hoods is a great improvement, as is the lack of that stupid ergo angle mid drop. i kinda wish they had more garishly sized drops so I could get more than 2 positions down there with my fat hands. The flare is not as dramatic as I expected, I might even be ok with more.

I much enjoy the positions around the tops, corners, before the hoods, and on the hoods. Dunno if I'm using the proper terminology but you know what I mean. Immediate, pleasing improvements from my old bars, which felt too wide with angles in all the wrong places for me.

Can't speak to 75+ mile comfort, as I have been riding them less than a week, but I look forward to spinning a century soon and don't think they'll be any kind of limiting factor.
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Originally Posted by seeker333
Sounds like what you really need is a more appropriately sized bike, so that you don't have to resort to extraordinary steerer length to achieve high bar height.

If you are trying to turn an old racing bike (designed for low bar height/racing posture) into a touring bike, then know that it generally doesn't work well for a number of reasons.
The Technomic stem is very popular for a reason. It's not like it's some rare stem, having a higher stem solves many fit problems as people age or change riding style.
There is often times no need to get ruined a bike entirely.

I ride a 25"/63cm/64cm frame. But some haven't taller head tube which effectively raises the stem and bars. A Technomic would equal everything out if needed.
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i have both nitto rando and classic bars. The difference in feel is subtle and I don't prefer one over the other. If you have doubts about the rando bars why don't you get classic shape. Either way it's not big deal.
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I'm running Nitto randonneur bars on 2 different bikes. I like them a lot. I'm using a nitto technomic and randonneur bar on a mtb conversion; very nice combo with comfortable hand positions:

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Problem Comes with, As above , Long ramp Bars and like those 'brifter' length brake lever Bodies .
putting the brakes quite a ways away from your reach.
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The flare is a feature, meant to make the drops positions more ergonomic.

If you don't plan to spend a lot of time in the drops, I would be wary of rando-bend bars, as the upper positions (tops, behind the hoods) may not be as comfortable as regular bars if the particular bend and width aren't just right for you. Some people have found bars that work well for them in all positions (the new Compass bars are supposed to be really nice), but I had to go back to regular Nitto 115s on my long-distance so that I wasn't just stuck in the drops. FWIW...
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I really like the Nitto Randonneur bars, and I ride lots of miles with them on both my Rivendell and my KOM. I set them up close (shorter stems) and high (~1 cm above the saddle) for long-distance comfort.

If you need shorter reach, get the B135. It has less reach than the otherwise-identical B132.

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Originally Posted by jambon
Reason is is that the stem is a nitto technomic that can get the bars up that high , no other stem I can find could get the bars in the right position, tried a head conversions with riser stems etc . Could have gotten a nitto technomic with a 26.0 clamp but I would have had to import from the U.S to europe and the customs and excise charges would have made it financially unfeasible.
SJS cycles seems to have Nitto stems in stock:
Stems - 1' - 22.2mm Quill Threaded products from SJS Cycles

You'll still have to solve the geometric problem for the right length, of course.
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I recently bought a Miyata 1000LT that came with Nitto Randonneur bars. Couldn't stand them. Switched to Nitto Noodles in a 46cm and love them. It transformed the bike.
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