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  Nitto Albatross Bar 55cm - 25.4


Made in: Japan

Availability: both are now in stock
product code: HB2


This 55cm Albatross Bar is a fantastic bar: great looking, extra comfortable, good for all kinds of riding on and off road, and is the only bar of its type (a lightweight, swept-back, old-fashioned type) that accepts bar-end shifters. It's perfect for converting mountain bikes to comfortable all-around bikes. Lots of our Atlantis bikes go out with these bars. I/Grant have one like that, and I ride it everywhere, in all conditions.

If you ride a bike and have more than two or three of them, you ought to have this bar. It is the only bar in the world with this luscious look, this super quality, and that'll fit mountain bikey brake levers and bar-end shifters. You could just as easily set it up with mountain bike shifters, but it was designed specifically to work with bar-end shifters, and doing it that way frees up more room in front of the brake lever, for a good off-the-saddle climbing grip. I/Grant like riding this bar now, and ride it a lot (average 60 miles per week year round on it); and I just know it's the bar I'll ride full-time when I'm rickety, too.

Here's a good question: What's the diff btw this Albatross bar and the Dove bar, at lesss than half the price? Answer: Alu Alba is made of stronger aluminum (2014-T6, for those of you with metallugical backgrounds), polished better, about 2cm wider, and it fits bar-end shifters. The Dove bar is made for the Japanese market, for puttttting around on sidewalks and narrow streets, and for slight-framed riders. It's an excellent bar for many Americans, especially women and children.

The Alba bar opens you up more, fits the bar-end shifters, and both stronger and more beautifully finished.

If you want to use bar end shifters with this bar and your bike is 58cm or bigger then you'll probably need extra long shifter cables and housing.

Albatross bars have a 25.4mm stem clamp diameter.

You need the Nitto 26.0 to 25.4 shim (part#16-095) if you're gonna use this with a 26mm clamp stem. Stem, cork grips, brake levers, shifters not included.

Requires brake levers with 22.2mm clamp diameter.

Only available in 55cm wide. That's not as wide as it sounds. My 21-year old daughter has been riding hers since she was 14. Try it on a good bike. It's worthy of the best bike you own.

Nitto name: B352

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 13   Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
beautiful bar April 12, 2014
Reviewer: dirtp from Dupont, WA United States  
This is a terrific bar.  I installed it on old mountain bike, and it turned it into a great upright commuter.  I recently replaced the Albatross with a Bosco to get a more upright ride, but I am keeping the Albatross and am thinking of a bike to build around it in the future!

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MTB conversion August 13, 2013
Reviewer: Gabriel from gibsons, BC Canada  
I installed these bars on a Kona Explosif that I converted to a commuter style bike. Gave up my drop bar road bike as I stiffened with age and I absolutely love this bar and the upright riding position. But when needed, you can move your hands to the U sections or to the centre to get a more aero position.  would say this bar allows more variety than drops, woodchippers or mustache bars. All in all the most usefull bar I've ever tried

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Albatross bars on a Panasonic MC 7500 August 6, 2013
Reviewer: Lester Lammers from Lehigh Acres, FL United States  
I just had these installed, with Miesha's cork grips, on an 1984 Panasonic MC 7500 . They replaced Nitto Noodles and the bike is much more comfortable....not that the Noodles were 'bad'. Give 'em a try and you'll be smiling too.

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Beautiful, comfy bars January 4, 2013
Reviewer: Shoji T. from Arlington, MA  
Gorgeous bars with beautiful satin-silver finish. It's a shame I covered them with bar tape, but that's because there are so many great places to hold your hands. (Mine are mounted on a fixed RedLine 925 w/inverse levers, and I move from ends to curves to middle.. all comfy.

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You never go back November 18, 2012
Reviewer: Marty from Oakland  
I still have Noodle and Moustache bar bikes, but these rock the world. To me, they are clearly better for for climbing, riding off road, and riding in traffic. They also make you feel like you are ten years old on your first bike.

BTW, I added Albatross bars to an internally geared bike with Alfine Rapid Fire shifters. Works much better than a flat bar IMHO, although you end up rotating the shifters on the bar until you can't see the gear indicator -- a completely worthwhile loss for the increased comfort.

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