These upright multi-position handlebars are very popular with European touring cyclists.
They fit standard ISO stems with a 1" (25.4 mm) clamp.
Working diameter of the bars is 7/8" (22.2 mm) so they work with "mountain bike" type brake and shift levers.
Width: 59cm Material: Aluminum
Japanese version of the classic handlebar used on English 3-speeds.
The standard 1" diameter clamp area is compatible with most stems, and is heavily knurled to prevent slippage.
Sunlite Aluminium North Road Bars HB1095Economy version of the classic handlebar used on English 3-speeds.
These have a longer straight section (185 mm), making them more compatible with modern brake levers and grips. The standard 1" diameter clamp area is compatible with most stems, and is knurled to prevent slippage.
Nitto Albatross Bars
Japanese upright handlebar.
Accepts bar-end shifters.
Clamp diamter: 25.4mm Bar diameter: 22.2mm (fits MTB/Flatbar shifters & brake levers) Sweep: 170mm Width: 550mm Rise: 60mm
Compare North Road style bars:
Types of drop handlebars:
Clamp DiameterAll bars shown here use the ISO standard 1 inch/25.4 mm stem clamp diameter unless marked otherwise.
There are six clamp diameters for drop handlebars, where they fit into the stem, but only 3 are common:
- 25.4 mm (1 inch) is the ISO international standard for all types of handlebars, and is the most common size for drop bars as well. Most of the bars we sell use this clamp size. If you want to use a 25.4 mm bar in a 26.0 stem, we sell special shims for the purpose.
- 26.0 mm is the Italian national standard. Because Italian handlebar and stem brands are so popular, even many bars from other countries have adopted this size, and many people consider it to be a de facto "road" standard.
Most expensive drop bars and stems are this size, or the slightly smaller 25.8 mm variant (those are interchangeable.)
- 31.8 mm (1 1/8 inch) is a relatively new "oversized" standard increasingly seen on high-end bars and stems.
- 26.4 mm is the obsolete Cinelli proprietary size, used by Cinelli until sometime in the late 1990s.
- 25 mm is the obsolete French size. We have a limited selection in our French Parts Section.
- 15/16" is the obsolete English size for steel handlebars.
- Traditional handlebars have no grooves, providing a nice round grip area. They work with all types of drop bar brake levers and shifters.
- Single-groove handlebars have a groove in the front of the bar to receive the brake cable with modern "æro" brake levers. These grooves are not at all necessary, since you don't rest any weight on the front side of the handlebar.
- Double-groove handlebars have a second groove in the upper-rear of the top section. This is intended to receive the shift cable if you use Campagnolo Ergo brifters. The second groove is a nice feature if you use Ergos, but if you don't, it just makes the bars less comfortable. Unfortunately, a shockingly large number of new bikes come with double-groove handlebars but not with Ergo shifters. This is a really bogus arrangement, in my opinion.
"Anatomic" vs Traditional BendsTraditional drop bars are gracefully curved, and work quite well for most riders. The Italian company Modolo staged a bit of a marketing coup in the late 1980s with their so-called "Anatomic bend" handlebars. These have sharpish angles instead of gentle curves. Some people like the resulting positions, but many of us prefer the more versatile traditional curved designs.
Nitto 177 "Noodle" Bars42 cm & 44 cm Click here for pricing
46 cm & 48 cm Click here for pricing (Wider sizes heat treated for extra strength)Very nicely finished, made in Japan drop bars with Italian size 26 mm centers.
No flats, bumps nor grooves. The special characteristic of the Noodle Bar is that the tops have a backward sweep that puts the corners about 1 cm farther back than a standard traditional "Mæs" bend
Silver, 4° flare out, flat hand perch, and the top curves back a bit The width of this bar does not include the flare outs of the ends of the bar.
These beautifully made stainless-steel shims let you use a standard 25.4 mm (1 inch) diameter handlebar in an Italian size (26.0 mm) stem.
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