I took these photos to illustrate the difference between the Civia Aldrich and Civia Dupont handlebars. The Aldrich is the flat bar in silver with a 50 degree sweep and zero rise, the Dupont is the North Road type bar in black with a 65 degree sweep and 60 degree rise. In the first and second photos, the bars are lined up vertically (but not horizontally) to show the difference in rise. In the third photo, the bars are lined up horizontally (but not vertically) to show the difference in width, reach, and sweep. For reference, the Duponts are quite similar to Nitto North Roads, but with slightly less sweep.
As much as these two bars are different, I find both to be quite comfortable. I think the amount of sweep is the main contributing factor. On some bikes, straight bars may be appropriate for the added control they provide, but 50+ degrees of sweep places the hands in a more ergonomically correct position that works well for general city riding, regardless of reach or rise.
For now, I’m really enjoying the 50 degree Aldrich. I have a set of Nitto Promenades waiting in the wings, but I’m liking this set-up too much to make the switch just yet.