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Good 26mm Road Bars

Old 03-24-21, 07:15 AM
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Good 26mm Road Bars

I have a Trek 5200 circa 2000 that has 26mm bars. They are the old-fashion type that slopes down towards the hoods instead of being more level like modern bars. I find this to be really awkward / uncomfortable.

Does anyone have recommendations for a 26mm bar that would be shaped a little more like modern bars? I find it hard to get a good sense of the shape from pictures online…

It's an old bike so I am just looking to spend in the neighborhood of $50.
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Nitto M151 or Nitto M177
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Modern? I just thought they were slightly different styles to fit slightly different tastes and needs of the rider. I thought we had them BITD and they were modern then.

Whatever you get, you need to make sure you get the correct reach and drop for you. All the modern in the world won't help if you get those wrong.

But if you are going to only be on the bike for 20 minutes to an hour, I suppose anything will work if it makes the bike look good and you "feel" good about it.
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Thanks...those look like what I am looking for...especially the M177.

I see that Nitto also has an M184 that looks really too good but does cost twice as much...I'll have to think it over.
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https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/highway-1-bar

comes in black or silver. modern compact bend with the drops extending back a bit too. ive owned 3 sets of them and still have 1 on a bike. hoods can be mounted level with the ramps.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/highway-1-bar

comes in black or silver. modern compact bend with the drops extending back a bit too. ive owned 3 sets of them and still have 1 on a bike. hoods can be mounted level with the ramps.
I have a set of the HWY1 bars in 26 and they are an excellent example of the bars the OP is looking for. And they look nice and aren't expensive.

I also have a set of Civia Emerson in 26 and they are nearly identical in shape, drop, reach, etc. to the HWY 1 bars. I can't remember but one or the other was a few grams heavier than the other, but very, very little difference.

Just did a quick web search and they might be discontinued. But if you find a pair, they are just like the HWY 1.

This is what the HWY1 and/or Emerson will look with modern shift/brake levers:

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Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
I have a set of the HWY1 bars in 26 and they are an excellent example of the bars the OP is looking for. And they look nice and aren't expensive.

I also have a set of Civia Emerson in 26 and they are nearly identical in shape, drop, reach, etc. to the HWY 1 bars. I can't remember but one or the other was a few grams heavier than the other, but very, very little difference.

Just did a quick web search and they might be discontinued. But if you find a pair, they are just like the HWY 1.

This is what the HWY1 and/or Emerson will look with modern shift/brake levers:

hot damn
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Got the Soma bars as well. Very comfortable.
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Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
I have a set of the HWY1 bars in 26 and they are an excellent example of the bars the OP is looking for. And they look nice and aren't expensive.

I also have a set of Civia Emerson in 26 and they are nearly identical in shape, drop, reach, etc. to the HWY 1 bars. I can't remember but one or the other was a few grams heavier than the other, but very, very little difference.

Just did a quick web search and they might be discontinued. But if you find a pair, they are just like the HWY 1.

This is what the HWY1 and/or Emerson will look with modern shift/brake levers:

I should have said with this post: This is not my bike! I wish it was, but it is not. I did a search for images for the bars in discussion just to show what they look like on a bike, and came up with this beauty. Sorry! (sorry that it's not my bike!)

I have my Emersons installed on a bike and could have taken a picture of it, but it's a dirty gravel bike and has bar end shifters in this particular iteration, so wouldn't be a good example of what the OP is looking for. I have the HWY1s in reserve for my next build.... soon I hope!
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I have Highway Ones on 3 out of 6 bikes. In fact I just used one to replace a Cinelli Giro d'Italia - exactly the kind of downward sloping bar the OP described.
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