Best Aero handlebar?

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Junior7
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by Junior7

wore Zipp SL-70, today use 3T aeronova, I am well pleased.

sawyer
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by sawyer

3T Aeronova here ... but also about to try a Ritchey Streem WCS (both carbon)

3T is pretty good. Comfortable on the hoods and allows a low aero position with hands wrapped round the very top of the (in my case) Ergos with arms low down resting on the bars

Drops feel a bit flexy to me when sprinting on them. I am not a great sprinter but if that is a concern I would steer away from this bar as others are stiffer in the drops for sure

Weight was good ... 195g
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Stueys
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by Stueys

sawyer wrote:3T Aeronova here ... but also about to try a Ritchey Streem WCS (both carbon)

3T is pretty good. Comfortable on the hoods and allows a low aero position with hands wrapped round the very top of the (in my case) Ergos with arms low down resting on the bars

Drops feel a bit flexy to me when sprinting on them. I am not a great sprinter but if that is a concern I would steer away from this bar as others are stiffer in the drops for sure

Weight was good ... 195g


Was this the aeronova or the aeronova ltd? From what I understand the LTD is supposed to be stiffer?

sawyer
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by sawyer

Stueys wrote:
sawyer wrote:3T Aeronova here ... but also about to try a Ritchey Streem WCS (both carbon)

3T is pretty good. Comfortable on the hoods and allows a low aero position with hands wrapped round the very top of the (in my case) Ergos with arms low down resting on the bars

Drops feel a bit flexy to me when sprinting on them. I am not a great sprinter but if that is a concern I would steer away from this bar as others are stiffer in the drops for sure

Weight was good ... 195g


Was this the aeronova or the aeronova ltd? From what I understand the LTD is supposed to be stiffer?


Aeronova. Not sure if LTD is stiffer. It is different carbon I think so quite possibly. For general riding and the odd sprint the Aeronova is fine, but if you're racing I'd avoid tbh
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cyclespeed
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by cyclespeed

I have the Aeronova LTD and it's plenty stiff enough for me.

195g is pretty good for a non-LTD - that's what mine weighed in 40cm. I cannot get any flex at all in the hoods, but I do feel a tiny bit at the end of the drops, but nothing to concern me. It's a very nice bar.

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by sawyer

cyclespeed wrote:I have the Aeronova LTD and it's plenty stiff enough for me.

195g is pretty good for a non-LTD - that's what mine weighed in 40cm. I cannot get any flex at all in the hoods, but I do feel a tiny bit at the end of the drops, but nothing to concern me. It's a very nice bar.


Yes ... I should clarify at the hoods the bar is really stiff. I mostly climb on the hoods like many so it's great for that - as good as anything I've tried. Just a bit more flex on the drops. That does have the plus of making the drops a touch more comfortable to barrel along in but overall a bit flexy on the non-LTD I'd say ...
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KarlC
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by KarlC

Best is narrow, Narrow is Aero, go down in size.

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F45
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by F45

I've been looking at the Easton EC70 Aero. Similar shape the Aerofly, but $100USD cheaper.

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TiCass
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by TiCass

Yeah, but not available in 38cm... which is a must to be aero!

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Lelandjt
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by Lelandjt

^40 is pretty narrow for big guys. I'd like to try a 38 but my 40cm EC70 Aero is already narrower than anything else I've had or what's usually recommended.

blakemulder
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by blakemulder

Does anybody notice any real world benefit from using these or are we talking (very) marginal gains??

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kgt
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by kgt

If there were any real world benefits all pros would ride aero bars. The only actual benefit is for those who prefer a flatter bar grip. Some of them look great though, like the new one from Ursus:

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cymans
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by cymans

The Easton EC90 Aerobar 40cm are very nice. Plenty stiff for me coming from Vuka sprint 42cm.

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cyclespeed
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by cyclespeed

Cervelo seem to think that the handlebar is the most important aero component on the bike (I think I saw a figure of 60% bandied around at one point?). But I take anything Cervelo says with a pinch of salt.

One thing that I often wonder is that you can have the most aero bar in the world, but nearly all the air leaving the bar then hits your thighs (or stomach depending on how 'pro' your position is!), which are distinctly un-aero.

But I like my 3T Aeronova, and psychologically at least it's faster for me, and that's all that matters right?!

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TiCass
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by TiCass

Well, there is that:
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