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Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:00 pm
by cyclespeed
Need to build up an Sworks Tarmac and need a 40cm bar for it.

Would like to go aero for the first time, but it must be light!

Any recommendations?

I quite like the look of the 3T Aeronova LTD, but it ain't cheap!

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:31 pm
by DamenH85
I've used both a Zipp SL-70 Aero in 38cm (on a Specialized Allez) and a Cervelo Aerobar (on a 2015 S5) in 40cm. I'm not really sure how to compare them. I like them both. I like the look of the Zipp's more, and I can use an out-front K-edge Garmin mount and a light. Mounting is a bit more of an issue to solve with the Cervelo bar. I currently run my Garmin on the stem.

Both are comfortable enough. I've done a few century rides on both. Sorry I can't be more help.

Zipp Sl-70 aero, 38cm: 225g
Cervelo Aerobar, 40cm: 264g

Zipp's on 2010 Allez:
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Cervelo on 2015 S5:
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damen

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:31 pm
by Weenie

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:02 pm
by NealH
What saddle is that?

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:07 pm
by DamenH85
NealH wrote:What saddle is that?


Allez: Specialized Sitero
S5: Fizik Arione Versus K:ium

damen

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:21 pm
by prendrefeu
I don't know of any 'aerobar vs. aerobar with same stem' testing that's been done (if so, someone point it out!) - but I would say that if you consider most aero handlebars to be more-or-less within .5 watt of each other then the factors you really should be considering are the following:

1. Price. What can you afford?
2. Comfort. Try them out - some are good for holding onto the tops while climbing, others not so much, and that use depends on how you ride and where you ride.
3. Reach and Depth of the bars.
4. Bar bend shape.
5. Ease of installation (some internal routing methods are easier than others)

Everything else... aesthetics, for example, can be adjusted on your own.

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:28 pm
by GothicCastle
cyclespeed wrote:I quite like the look of the 3T Aeronova LTD, but it ain't cheap!


Note that (I believe) these bars flare out a bit on the drops, so the 40 bars are not 40 on the hoods, where you might want it.

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:19 am
by mrgray
i have the Enve SES Aero Road Bar and i like it alot. get the narrowest one that exists and enjoy. one of the best things about it is how cool it looks as the front of it twists inward. if you want to use it with a light though forget it. also no room for mounts. i just use it for racing so it works for me. i have heard that some have had issues with cable routing but i did not.

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:42 am
by Kayrehn
I used the 3T ergonova Ltd in the past and it was very flexible when you are in the drops, even though I never sprint and only weigh 68kg. Don't know if things are better for the aeronova though - test it if possible.

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:50 am
by kkibbler
Easton EC90 42 c-c
I like that it has straight tops vs something with massive forward flaring like Aeronova. Shape-wise it's pretty similar to Aerofly.
Unfortunately the clamp area is quite narrow, may have trouble with some stem and Garmin mount combos.
2 holes next to shifters for cable routing, 1 inner 1 outer. I imagine it suits any brand of shifter just fine.
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Re: RE: Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:46 am
by RyanH
prendrefeu wrote:I don't know of any 'aerobar vs. aerobar with same stem' testing that's been done (if so, someone point it out!) - but I would say that if you consider most aero handlebars to be more-or-less within .5 watt of each other then the factors you really should be considering are the following:

1. Price. What can you afford?
2. Comfort. Try them out - some are good for holding onto the tops while climbing, others not so much, and that use depends on how you ride and where you ride.
3. Reach and Depth of the bars.
4. Bar bend shape.
5. Ease of installation (some internal routing methods are easier than others)

Everything else... aesthetics, for example, can be adjusted on your own.

Blasphemy, no mention of weight as a criteria?!?!

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Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:31 am
by Bogan
I had the same conundrum, Zipp vs Aeronova Ltd. Ended up with the Zipp. The main reason at 100kg weight, I didn't feel 100% confident with the Aeronova. Plus the forward flare of the Aeronova is massive.

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:31 am
by cyclespeed
All very useful stuff, thanks! I think Spesh do an Sworks one too, but suspect it's not terribly light.

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:02 am
by Kayrehn
The aeronova have a huge reach too. This might be a good reference. http://blog.fairwheelbikes.com/reviews- ... ar-review/

There's also bontrager (at 38cm too), but not many like their stuff on non-Trek bikes.

Re: RE: Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:25 am
by prendrefeu
RyanH wrote:
prendrefeu wrote:I don't know of any 'aerobar vs. aerobar with same stem' testing that's been done (if so, someone point it out!) - but I would say that if you consider most aero handlebars to be more-or-less within .5 watt of each other then the factors you really should be considering are the following:

1. Price. What can you afford?
2. Comfort. Try them out - some are good for holding onto the tops while climbing, others not so much, and that use depends on how you ride and where you ride.
3. Reach and Depth of the bars.
4. Bar bend shape.
5. Ease of installation (some internal routing methods are easier than others)

Everything else... aesthetics, for example, can be adjusted on your own.

Blasphemy, no mention of weight as a criteria?!?!



:lol: :lol:

They'e all damn heavy, dude. :evil:

Except, oddly, for some reason my LBS-bought SL70s came in at around 209g (size 40). :noidea:

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:59 am
by Juanmoretime
I ride a 3T Aerotundo LTD. 3T claimed weight is 185 grams and mine in the real world weighed in at 205 grams. The reach is pretty long on the Aerotundo so a 10 to 20mm shorter stem could drop some more weight. I left my stem the same since I didn't want to go any shorter than a 100mm and now that I've been riding it almost a year I've adapted to the slightly longer reach.

Here is some additional reading here:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=132674&hilit=aerotundo

Re: Best Aero handlebar?

Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:59 am
by Weenie