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Location: Golden, Colorado - USA
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It is a matter of preference and overall comfort - Aero last. With a good bike fit and a good bar like the HED carbon you are very aero already. The small tweek of turning your wrists down is so small in relation to time it's not worth the trade off in comfort, at least IMHO. Although, some may feel the s-bend bars are more comfortable - but again a matter of choice. I guess if you are at that pro level looking to get 1 - 3 min advantage on your fellow pro's into the marathon you would look at every option out there including the s-bend bars.
The extentions don't cost that much so you can swap between s-bend and std. up turned style on most bars. I have the HED integrated carbon and used it at Ironman Hawaii with the std. up turned style of extentions. I tried the S-bends this year and swtched back as I like the feeling of being able to grip/pull on them while riding (even though that is so minimal) but just having the up turned bars seem more normal to me.
I have 2-TT/Tri bikes, each is set-up specific to the distance I use it at. The bars are a big part of that for me: One is set-up for IM distance (I have the HED bars on it) and is the Trek -TT. The carbon frame helps me feel better after a long 112 as I head off into the marathon. IM Hawaii is just a rolling out and back where you can stay in the aero position the entire time until the turn-around. With bars like the HED there is really nothing to grab on to when out of the saddle except the sides of the wing.
My other bike (a Cannondale IM 5000) is fit more aggressive (more fwd on a 78 degree seat tube angle) and set-up for shorter races like 1/2 IM and Olympic distance. The aluminum frame is very stiff, quick reacting and very agile. For the shorter distance I have the Profile carbon strike set-up (with cow horn style ends) to increase bike handling ablility which is typical in shorter events.
Last edited by MHR; 09-24-05 at 08:27 PM.