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. **Please note, inline levers cannot be installed on this bar, due to this ergonomic profile**
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.
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Very comfortable bar due to the ovalized top section and its return towards you. I would prefer a little more extension in the drops but overall it’s a good design.
Coupled with the happy stem, this is a pleasant game changer. Wrists and neck are super grateful. Thanks VO, these are comfy while keeping a classy look. Well done!
Combined with V.O. stem and V.O. threadless adapter quill stem for a nice classically cromed out yet more modern cockpit on '85 Trek sport tourer. Uninstalled at this point but feels comfy in 440mm size with the more shallow drop than the bike's original bars (the only thing I didn't care for about them). Flare is subtle compared to lots of crazy looking "gravelly" options I have seen. Waiting on framework from shop to put things together but it's a good lucking pile of parts!
These bars are great. Super comfy and the perfect shallow drop. I would loooove looooove looooooove it if these came in a 50 or dare I say 52 though...
I had a really aggressive drop bar from the 80s which I didn't mind, but I've been building up a bike and decided to get this for a more relaxed riding position. I'm super impressed by the design of the Nouveau Randonneur. There is a slight flair at the ends which is great for getting a little more leverage when climbing. I didn't want a huge amount of flair because I have to squeeze through tight spaces between traffic and buildings. This bar is perfect for this. I also like the shape of the tops. They're ovalized and feel real comfortable in my hands. According to the description, this shape dampens a lot of road vibration and I completely agree. It feels almost like I'm floating on the tops. It's great since the roads are pretty deteriorated where I live. I also like the divots under the bar where you can run the brake cables. The whole bar was really well thought out and I'm extremely happy with it.