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Old 04-05-10, 11:56 PM
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What's your favorite Drop Bar for Touring?

I have some old school Deda Newtons on my cross check and i HATE them. They have a sharp bend in the worst possible spot.

So what does everyone like on their touring bike?

I'm considering these because they look mad comfy.
https://www.treefortbikes.com/product...ct--Round.html

I just wonder if compact bars might not be ideal for long rides.

What do you guys like?

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Old 04-06-10, 12:08 AM
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Nitto Randonneur
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Old 04-06-10, 12:10 AM
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Salsa Bell-lap 46cm
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Old 04-06-10, 12:32 AM
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The Nitto Randonneur looks like it has a great shape. Too bad the clamp size is 25.4 or whatever. I would have to find an interesting shim to fit my 31.8
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Old 04-06-10, 12:45 AM
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When You find the perfect bar, drop me a PM. The Deda Newton is my favorite bar.

Also, I will drop a vote for the Ritchey Biomax II. I have a Felt copycat that I like so much, that it has outlasted several frames. It's getting ready to go on my long distance bike right now, where it will probably stay for a long time.
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Old 04-06-10, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by rat fink View Post
When You find the perfect bar, drop me a PM. The Deda Newton is my favorite bar.

Also, I will drop a vote for the Ritchey Biomax II. I have a Felt copycat that I like so much, that it has outlasted several frames. It's getting ready to go on my long distance bike right now, where it will probably stay for a long time.
I looked at the newer Newton and it seemed comfortable. I like to rotate my bars upwards so that the bar end is almost perpendicular to the head tube. This set up allows for a really comfortable flat sections leading up to the hoods. The problem with my old Newtons is that my drops end up looking almost square [_ leaving a horrible space where i would like a flattish section for my hands in the drops.
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Old 04-06-10, 01:46 AM
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Hmm, the Ritcheys I mentioned should help that, then.
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Old 04-06-10, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by twodeadpoets View Post
Nitto Randonneur
That's what first come in my mind.
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Old 04-06-10, 04:23 AM
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I originally put on a Deda Newton Shallow drop when I built my 520. I liked it, but I decided to switch it out for a FSA Omega Compact that I had on a regular road bike. While it was great on the other bike it was to narrow on the 520 and just did not feel right. If I stepped up a size it might work out better. So I switched to a Sakae Randnner which is pretty much the same as the Nitto. Can't say I care for the upward bends. Very uncomfortable on my wrist. Now I am planning on trying out a Nitto Noodle or go back to the Deda.

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Old 04-06-10, 08:42 AM
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I use 3T ErgoSum bars on all of my drop-bar road bikes. Love the stepless anatomic bend and the shallow drop.
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Old 04-06-10, 08:51 AM
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I run the FSA and really like it. I really like the lower sweep and shape. I don't get the narrow complaint above... Get the correct width bar and if it doesn't feel good... then complain.
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Old 04-06-10, 09:33 AM
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I used the Ritchey Pro drop bar that came on my bike and thought they were fine. Last year, I went to get a professional bike fitting and the guy asked me why I never ride in the drops (he could tell because the bar tape looked new down there). I thought the drops weren't very comfortable, so I never used them. He told me that handlebar selection is by the far the least emphasized aspect of bike fitting, but it might more the most important next to saddle choice.

He set me up with the FSA omega compact bars. I absolutely love them. I don't completely understand why, but they fit me perfectly. And I'm not the only one. I have two other friends that converted after I did, and there's a great review on competitive cyclist where the reviewer is saying pretty much the exact same thing as me.
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Old 04-06-10, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by kyakdiver View Post
I run the FSA and really like it. I really like the lower sweep and shape. I don't get the narrow complaint above... Get the correct width bar and if it doesn't feel good... then complain.
Like I said I really liked the Omega on the aggressive geo of my roadie, but on the 520 it was not wide enough for the more relaxed setup. Because of the slop to the drops they tend to run about a size small. So if you would read a little closer I was not complaining but stating an opinion. But I guess if an opinion does not jive with yours it is a complaint. BTW I have since put the Omega's on a recent 9 speed conversion I did of a 92 Trek 1200.
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Old 04-06-10, 11:55 AM
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So the Omega compact runs a bit narrower on the hoods where i usually ride? If i typically ride a 44cm should i bump up to 46?(this seems excessive) I ride a 54cm but have broad shoulders. I have a feeling the 44 is a little on the big side right now so it might work out perfectly. I will have to hop on my bike and really see how far apart my arms are.

That 3T ergosum seems to have nice bends. It looks really similar to the FSAs
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Old 04-06-10, 12:19 PM
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I've been riding a Nitto Randonneur. My new bike I'm building up with a WTB Mountain Drop.
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I prefer 40cm so the bend to the drops might be a little less forgiving than on a wider bar. I am using a 40cm 3T Ergonova on the bike I took the Omega's off originally and they feel wider. Of course they could be measured differently. I remember that the Deda's measured from outside to outside, but not sure on the FSA's and 3T's anymore. I think they both go from center to center, but please don't quote me. Damn it sucks getting old.
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Old 04-06-10, 04:33 PM
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FSA Omega's are super comfortable.

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Originally Posted by kaliayev View Post
I remember that the Deda's measured from outside to outside, but not sure on the FSA's and 3T's anymore. I think they both go from center to center, but please don't quote me. Damn it sucks getting old.
Both the FSA and 3T bars are measured center-to-center. I think they're measured at the drops, which flare out slightly. Competitive Cyclist, for instance, indicates that the Omega Compact is 1cm narrower at the hoods than it is at the drops...
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Old 04-06-10, 06:34 PM
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FSA Omega Compact, 44cm. Just put a set on the tourer. Been using them on the road bike for a couple months. I love them. Those sharp bends on other ergo-ish bars always got me the wrong place too.
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I think I've settled on the Salsa Bell Laps after several bar changes over the years on my LHT.
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Nitto Noodle here. I like the round shape of the drops.
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After trying about 20 different bar shapes over the last several years, the only ones I can ride without eventually getting sore wrists and numb hands were the flared drops designed for off-road riding. The midge bars were too small for comfort, but the Origin-8 Gary 2 bar was perfect for me. It is a WIDE bar though... you can forget about aero.
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Old 04-07-10, 12:19 PM
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Salsa Bell Laps for me too.
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I use the Nitto Noodle177 42cm the stock that came on my LHT just did not feel right.
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Another for the Salsa Bell Lap.
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