well, someone has to pass the torch
The aero design necessitates a more favourable pivot location, or rather the reverse.
Originally Posted by noglider
As you say, the main thing is, it looks aero, which counts for a lot with most. But there's definitely a practical advantage when it comes to using handlebar bags, or even just carrying a carton of milk home from the shop.
Originally Posted by rydabent
Not to mention being able to flip the bike to work on it without having to find something to chock up the bars, which is decidedly unstable anyway.
If you ask me, the cleanest-looking bikes are fitted with Ergos or Doubletaps (Shimano's aero STIs don't make the cut cause they're fugly. Plus they suck). Or even Modolo's obscure Morphos, if you look from the right angle.
No downtube levers and two more cables going under the tape is definitely cleaner IMO. Except modern bikes are most often pretty lairy.