When done right, Randonneur bars provide unmatched comfort, but most current “Randonneur” bars do little except raise your handlebars by a few millimeters. After trying half a dozen Randonneur handlebars in various long-distance events, we concluded that the 1940s AVA Randonneur was simply the best shape. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we decided to offer a replica of the originals .
Also great for restorations – once wrapped with bar tape, they are indistinguishable from the super-rare 1940s AVA originals.
Compass Superlight (400, 420 mm width) handlebars are made by Nitto to Compass-exclusive specifications from extra-thinwall aluminum for the ultimate in light weight. They are heat-treated for ultimate strength. The “Superlight” specification can be used only for handlebars up to 420 mm wide.
Compass Lightweight (440, 460 mm width) handlebars are made by Nitto from slightly thicker, but still very light, aluminum tubing to compensate for the longer lever arm of the wider bars. Heat-treated for ultimate strength.
All Compass handlebars meet the most stringent EN “Racing Bike” standard for fatigue resistance.