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
This is the best finish I've seen on a contemporary handlebar. Lightly brushed, but somehow also polished, with clear anodizing. It reminds me when Sugino really really did a top notch finish on the Alpina or XD cranks. The flare is just enough to keep the tops outta the way of your wrists, when you are in the drops. Flat top section is great, comfortable, wide. All bars should have this short of reach. Well executed!