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Old 04-08-08, 10:52 AM
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Nashbar Trekking Bar versus Dirt Research Comfort Bars

OK, I decided to buy a set of trekking bars to put on my Trek 950 (turning it into a foul weather road bike). Anyway, I checked Nashbar and they were out of stock. So I bought a set of Dirt Research bars on ebay. Later I checked Nashbar, and found a set on their returned list for only $11, so I ordered them as well. As you can see, the bars have differing shape, one is basically a C shape, versus the Nashbar butterfly shape. Anyone recommend one over the other? I would rather do this job once....


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Depending on where your hands will be the majority of the time, your stem length will definitely differ between the two.
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I've got the Nashbar ones on my bike and love them.Wish I had known about them along time ago.
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Great timing, I saw the Dirt Research bar on Ebay recently, and was curious about whether anyone else was using one.

It sure seems like the Nashbar would have more hand positions... The Dirt Research looks more like a variation of bullhorn bars.
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That Dirt Research bar looks a lot like the old Scott AT-2 bar.
https://www.bikepro.com/products/hand...ott_combo.html
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Originally Posted by Booger1
I've got the Nashbar ones on my bike and love them.Wish I had known about them along time ago.
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The dirt research is a good copy of the AT2. I have DR version on my "grocery getter" and a AT2 on my Burley tandem Love em!.

I don't like the Nashbar or other trekking bars because they effectively shorten the stem( or reach) 50mm. I get a back ache from trekking bars.
BTW ,Delta currently makes a IMO poor copy of the AT2 the flat part of the bars go straight across instead of sweeping back a little like the AT2, you see the Delta's on EBAY ever so often.
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Nashbar trekking bars DO NOT shorten the stem.They have about a 1" rise OR fall,depending on with way you install them.
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Why do people like trekking bars verson drop bars? Also, is there any real benefit to drops, since they're only designed for aerodynamics? Is the only touring benefit a second, less comfortable hand position?
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Not having used them for touring myself, the answers I hear most often are that they're good for headwinds or big descents. YMMV.

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I would prefer drop bars, but that would require a serious outlay in brake levers and shifters, and maybe a replacement of the front brake caliper too.

I think it will be cheaper to just use of of these two types of bars instead. The Dirt Research bar seems to mimic the positions I use on my drop bars (on my road bike). Changing the stem on my Trek is something I would prefer to not mess with as the front brake cable goes through a hole in the stem (I think this was the original design).

While the Nashbar has more positions, I think it would trigger a need to change the stem to keep the same distance to the controls as the current flat bar has. The Dirt Research will keep the controls in about the same position but have fewer hand positions. Decisions, decisions...
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I put a 130mm stem on mine and it feels a lot better to me. Their are a lot of people that don't use the drops that much, so they go with the trekking bars for more hand positions.

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Originally Posted by Booger1
Nashbar trekking bars DO NOT shorten the stem.They have about a 1" rise OR fall,depending on with way you install them.
You are confusing rise and reach.
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Love my Nashbar trekking bars for the expedition bike. Only slight problem is that I am now using SRAM x7 trigger shifters with it and if I get out of the saddle to climb (rare when I'm loaded), my knees can bump on the shifter levers.
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I have the Nasbar bars but found that you need to get either the Zefal SPY mirror or the Ortlieb Ultralite mirror
I plan to use a bar mirror. Get the Nashbar gel pads and there bar wrap for good cushioning

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Well Nashbar cancelled my Trekking bars from the order, so looks like I will be getting the Dirt Research bars first. I am still in disassembly mode anyway (along with finishing up taxes this week), so we'll see how this goes.

The Dirt Research give me the positions I am using on my drop bars now (I never use the drops), although the DR bars might be significantly wider than my drops.
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"Also, is there any real benefit to drops, since they're only designed for aerodynamics?"

Drops aren't only for aero dynamics, there are more hand positions, and micro positions, and those positions are more natural. Most pople have to pronate their arms to get them into a back of the hands forward position. Most people naturally have hands flat to the side of their legs, this is the position used on drops, ski poles, or hammers. You occasionallt see, often a husky person, walking along with the plams facing back, and they might find a flat bar more natural.

Aero is really important. at 25 MPH wind speed, so that would be mild wind and modest speed, 80% of your effort goes into making a hole in the wind, on flat ground. So being aero (not a natural thing for me, I am very wide shouldered) is the single most important thing you can do for efficiency, which also translates into stuff like reduced joint pain, reduced dehydration, etc...
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