VO Porteur Handlebar
You may remember that we used to sell NOS Belleri Porteur bars from France. Of course Belleri is long out of business, but hardly a day goes by without someone asking if we had just one last pair. So we decided to make our own Porteur bars.
They are 48cm wide; reach is 14cm; grip area is about 13cm. and they have about 15mm of rise or drop. The clamp area is 25.4mm.
The quality and polishing are very nice. The transition from the grip to the curve on the originals was a little more abrupt. Our version has a gentler transition. The curves on both versions are fuller and, to my eye, 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 and 22.2mm mountain-bike- sized (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.