So I'm thinking of putting aero bars on my cross bike (2006 Trek X01), but have absolutely no experience with them. The only reason why I want to is because as I ride, I find myself wanting to go into the aero position more often, and going down to the full drop on the bars is further than I'd like to go (want that in between area). My usual ride of late takes me about 10 miles through trails and off road, then on road for about 10-20 miles... on road I basically want to sprint and get some good speed. With each ride I get a good combo of trails, gravel, dirt, ie... MTB riding (the fun stuff), then include a solid endurance/speed/road (the exercise stuff) in at the same time.
I'm looking at the Profile Design Air Stryke bars, for the only reason that the pads flip up on springs so you have access to the top of the handlebars (also where my more often used break levers like to hang out)... any suggestions? any other brands/models? Most bars seem to cover up that whole area which would seem to be a burden for a cross bike with brakes up top.
Thanks for any help/ideas..