I bought the bars based on the positive reviews not to mention they are one of the few 25.4 drop bars out there. But for whatever reason, Nitto decided to measure these at the drops, not at the top of the bar which is kind of meaningless at least to me. The 45cm bar is actually 36cm on top where the bar has made the 90 degree curve and are now parallel or at least as parallel as they will get. Make this bar 45cm wide on top and it would be a winner.
I never mounted and used them after learning the above but being tall and wide, I know they would not have worked for me. I am still giving them 4 stars since they are beautiful and people like them. This is just a warning to those who don't know how the bars are measured.
I find that the bar to be more comfortable than other bars in two positions. Hands on the brake hoods. For me, It puts my wrists in a natural angle and I have better weight distribution acoss my palms. Secondly, this is the only bar that I ride on the drops. The shallows drop and splayed out design make it feeld comfortable and safe. This is my second set of Nitto Randos.
Nitto makes great, classic stuff that survives the test of time. That said, just because something is retro doesn't mean it's necessarily better. But this bar just fits me like a glove. It is the only road bar I've used that is equally comfortable in all three positions. I'm a relaxed rider; I could care less what spandex clad Tour de France wannabe passes me. I don't get numb hands, or neck/shoulder aches with this bar. Plus, I can sit upright enough to enjoy my surroundings. If you're in the saddle for the long haul, this is the bar for you. Works great, with bar end shifters. Randoneuring...it's about enjoying the scenery, not having to keep yours eyes glued on the spandex butt in front of you for 90 miles. What a concept!
PROS: Durable, Comfortable All Positions, Lightweight, Attractive Design
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