These style bars were standard issue on Porteur bicycles - And for good reason! They're manoeuvrable, lightweight, and exceptionally comfortable for riding through the city and country with heavy loads.
They are 48cm wide; reach is 14cm. The grip area is about 13cm, and they have about 15mm of rise or drop. The clamp area is 25.4mm.
The transition from the grip to the curve on the original Porteur was a bit abrupt; this version has a gentler transition. The curves are fuller and, to us, prettier than the somewhat similar Champs Elysées bars used on the old Herse bikes.
These bars are available in two tubing diameters, 23.8mm road-sized (polished or black) and 22.2mm mountain bike-sized (polished only) - clamp area is 25.4mm on both:
- 22.2mm (MTB-size) bars accept MTB brake levers and clamp-on shifters. They do not work with bar-end shifters. The only inverse levers that work are Dia-Compe levers in the 22.2mm size.
- 23.8mm (Road-size) bars accept standard inverse brake levers, standard bar end shifters, and 23.8mm city brake levers. In short, anything made for road bars fits. They do not accept MTB levers or shifters.