Rusty, it depends on what kind of riding you'll be doing. Albatross is a nice city bar for cruising, but you better like the upright position near the ends 'cause that's realistically the only one available. I've used them a bunch and like them, but I don't recommend going on a long, wind-blown ride with Albas and they're just about useless on sketchy downhill dirt sections.
Loop is the business for long, mixed-terrain rides because the hand positions give you options for gripping at the ends like Alba; moving forward to stretch out and get lower in the wind; and having a more secure, controlled grip for dirt downhills. The last - and very important consideration - is how you feel about the looks and stem requirements. I originally intended to put my Loop 2.5 cockpit on my new Cheviot, but I made a conscious decision to focus this bike as a townie 2-speed with a specific look..I opted for a long quill Nitto stem and flipped-and-chopped Choco bars. This setup looks and works great for how I ride this bike, but I wouldn't want to tour or hit singletrack with it. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "RBW Owners Bunch" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to rbw-owners-bunch+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/rbw-owners-bunch. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.