Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar
With comfortable fit characteristics such as shorter reach, shallow drop, and a mellow backsweep, the Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar is optimally designed for long days and nights for riders using integrated shifters and aero brake levers.
The tops are ovalized and swept back ever so slightly from the stem clamp. This makes for a bigger area upon which your hands can rest. A wider palm base means road vibrations and impacts are distributed better and not centralized into a specific spot effectively reducing hand, wrist, and elbow fatigue. Additionally, the sweep lends itself better (than a straight top) to your hands' natural resting position.
The ramps are 105mm in length (measured from the center of the bend to the edge of the ramp). This gives enough real estate for a full hand's worth of a position behind the hood for cruising, but short enough to easily reach the hood for shifting, braking, and out of the saddle efforts. Measuring traditionally (from the center of the stem clamp to the furthest edge of the brake lever hood mount) the reach is 85mm.
The 128mm worth of drop is casual and the 12 degree worth of flare makes for terrific cornering stability and prevents your forearms from hitting the bars during punchy efforts or obstacle negotiation.
The Nouveau Randonneur Bar is available in three sizes (measured center to center at the hood): 42, 44, and 46cm, two finishes: High-Polished Silver and Smooth Noir, and accepts standard road components such as integrated shifters, aero brake levers, and bar-end shifters.
- Widths (measured center-to-center at the hoods): 42, 44, 46cm
- Backsweep: 5 degrees
- Ramp length: 105mm
- Traditional reach: 85mm
- Drop: 128mm
- Stem clamp diameter: 31.8mm
- Brake lever clamp diameter: 23.8mm
- Weight (44cm): 301g
*not compatible with SRAM Hydro levers due to the shifter's clamp design. Works fine with everything else including SRAM cable actuated brake levers.
this is my new go to bar for smaller riders or customers who are new to drop bars- short reach and drop offer lots of comfortable hand positions. love it.
Great bars for long rides
The tops are well rounded and very comfortable
This is a well proportioned bar for touring or general purpose riding. I have been cycling for 45-years (touring, racing, commuting) and own 8 bikes (from track to folding), each with a different bar/stem combo. The Noveau-Rando is well proportioned with a mild drop, quick top bend, moderate oval-axial on top and, consequently, offers many hand positions. I recently used the bar for a bike tour from the Finger Lakes of NY thru southwest Ontario to Michigan. My only complaint is the bar tail (nearest the end plug) would benefit from an added centimeter in length as they are a bit short.