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Old 11-30-09, 10:27 PM   #1
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Time Trial Bars

I'm changing my race bike last year (TT frame) into my TT bike. Any ideas as to what alloy bars make sense? The FSA Pro looks decent and cheap, but I have no idea where to look for other options. I just need something that will attach to my 1.125" steerer. Also, I need brake levers and bar end shifters for Shimano, is that as simple as I think it is to find?

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Old 12-01-09, 12:12 AM   #2
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You will only be able to find bars that attach to a stem, which will then attach to your 1.125" steerer. It is not a bad compromise.
Any bullhorn bar setup will work, assuming it is compatible with the rest of your parts.
Brake levers and bar end shifters are widely available.
I don't see a mention of aerobars - feel free to TT like Fignon.
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For alloy, look at the VisionTech line. Very good bars and relatively inexpensive. They make fully integrated bars which have a built in stem(not suggested IMO, due to lack of adjustability) and separate basebar/extension combos where you pick your own stem and extension length.
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do NOT go with an integrates bar/stem setup, particularly since it sounds as though you are still starting out. You should be able to find the stem of your choice for next to no money. A base bar can be as easy as $30, though I recommend at least something of an aero profile (such as the mentioned vision tech line). brake levers can be anything you want really. Cane creek, vision, shimano, whatever. You can find ugly and very non aero levers for under $10. Happy hunting.
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I like the profile t2 bullhorns/clip on setup I have... they can be had for cheap at performance if you are watchful... With the exception of the super thin vision levers that use derailluer cables, they should work with just about any brake lever/bar end shifter combo out there.
I would suggest adjustability over aero or coolness, atleast until you can dial in the position you like.
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Thanks for the replies, it looks like I'll try to find something in the VisionTech line, like the semi-integrated Trimax SI. I'm also going to keep an eye out for bar setups on Ebay, but the advice on not going fully integrated is a good.
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I like the profile t2 bullhorns/clip on setup I have... they can be had for cheap at performance if you are watchful... With the exception of the super thin vision levers that use derailluer cables, they should work with just about any brake lever/bar end shifter combo out there.
I would suggest adjustability over aero or coolness, atleast until you can dial in the position you like.
I have the vision levers. Their cables are brake gauge but with derailleur ends. I use ordinary brake cables. the ends stick out a bit is all.
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Thanks for the replies, it looks like I'll try to find something in the VisionTech line, like the semi-integrated Trimax SI. I'm also going to keep an eye out for bar setups on Ebay, but the advice on not going fully integrated is a good.
If you have any races run under UCI rules (that is all TT's including local events down under), from 2010 the old visiontech basebars are not within the 3:1 aspect ratio (more like 3.7:1) and will be illegal. I know this as I am replacing my old Vision tech integrated bars with 3T Mistral Pro bars, as they are one of the few legal models available for 2010.
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If you have any races run under UCI rules (that is all TT's including local events down under), from 2010 the old visiontech basebars are not within the 3:1 aspect ratio (more like 3.7:1) and will be illegal. I know this as I am replacing my old Vision tech integrated bars with 3T Mistral Pro bars, as they are one of the few legal models available for 2010.
This is certainly not an issue, however how do you measure these ratios?
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