This 55cm Albatross Bar is a fantastic bar: great looking, extra comfortable, good for all kinds of riding on 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 city bikes. Lots of our bike builds go out with these bars.
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.
Albatross Cromo is made of steel (alloyed with chromium and molybdenum.) This makes it strong, long-lived, and dependable. You sacrifice a bit of lightness + stiffness compared with an Alu bar, but save money and gain peace of mind.
The Albatross Heat Treated Aluminum costs more than the Alba Cromo because of the high quality aluminum and the extra step of heat treating, and it's both stronger and lighter. Otherwise, the Alba Alu and Alba Cromo are identical in shape and feel. Get the stronger HT Alu if you even think you're going gravel grinding or will ride fire trails more than 14.3% of the time.