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    Add-on Aero Bars for S-Works Venge Dura-Ace DI2

    hi. I'm not a triathlete, but I figured someone here would be able to help me out. I need some advice on my 2015 S-Work Venge Dura-Ace DI2...just picked it up last month and loving it! I ride about 150 miles a week and do a lot of centuries,s but on occasion have issues with numbness in my hands and wrists. It's not bike fit..I've been through that. I have the onset of carpel tunnel from years and years of computer use. I don't want to go all out Tri or TT style Aero, because most of the time I want to be able to ride in non-Tri form, like when climbing. But I am curious if there is an aftermarket set of Aero bars that will work with my existing bars so that on occasion I can get down on them and relieve some pressure. I don't need the breaks or anything integrated, just the a bar-grip/arm rest system that will attach to my existing bars. Is this even possible? Or is this wishful thinking.... For reference, my stock bars are the S-Works Aerofly bars....flat on top, but otherwise look like standard roadbike bars.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Wondering of the rests and bars here would work on the Aerofly bars, with the very limited space they have that is round and not flat. http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb...nents/aerobars

    Kris
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    Hello,

    The current bars you have, the Aerofly bars, cannot accept any aftermarket aero bar because they are not round on the top of the bars. Furthermore, the aero bars listed under the link you listed are just for the shiv. Unless you added the entire handle bar assembly to your bike thereby changing your entire cockpit you couldn't use those bars. Which that does not sound like something you are looking for. From my understanding, there is no aftermarket clip-on aero for your style handle bar. However, if you were willing to change out your handle bars to an all round designed you could add on clip-on aero bars easily. Profile Design is a great manufacture of these clip-on aero bars. I have their T2 clip-on bars and love them for the most part just not on my bike.

    I understand you want to us clip-on bars and there are many different types out there but I dont think any will be compatible with your bars as they are. However, I think there is still hope for you because your goal is not necessarily to get into the aero position to go faster, you are wanting it to take pressure off of your hands so they do not go numb. The aero bars could help that a bit but would also cause fit problems because it puts your body into a very different position which would require another fit lol. I struggled to find the sweet spot between my normal roadie position and the aero position but was unable to find it. I have since ditched my aero bars. The lack of proper position was causing me numbness else where..... lol. I might be bias on my bad experiences but I think clip-on bars cause more problems than they are worth.

    A couple questions: How long into your ride do you experience the hand numbness? Do you hands only get numb in a certain position on the bars or is it everywhere?

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    Hi, sorry for the late response, and thank you for this. I consulted the Specialized dealer where I bought the bike and the response was the same. I would have to change the entire bar setup, which I don't really want to do. I sort of like the Venge flat bars.

    More interesting, since you posted this, I had a professional fitting of my bike....the 3D system with cameras, physical assessment based on goals, measurements, etc, They made some tweaks to my setup that helped a lot and I have now changed my mind. I have lower back issues, as well as back/hamstring flexibility issues...have for as long as I can remember, even throughout major stretching routines. They made some changes that took this into consideration, like bar height, saddle setback, etc. I had back surgery 7 years ago ago too and have a degenerating disc. I noticed my hands going numb about 6 years ago, before I got into roadbikes and when I was riding motocross and desert racing (I gave that up). On the bike, it tends to occur after about 3 hours or so into a ride. However, I have to say this doesn't happen nearly as bad now with the Venge than it did with my KTM Strada 4000. When it happens, it is basically anywhere I am holding the bars where I put pressure on my wrists or they are bent. Admittedly, I probably stabilize myself on the bike more with my hands than with my core..back to those lower back and flexibility issues. But I think I can manage it now with the new setup and by just monitoring my arm tension more. I should probably get down on the lower bars too more...that doesn't seem to hurt, yet cause other issues of being all crunched up and hard to breath.

    I'm doing some TTs this Spring and Summer, so I might have a better idea then whether I really want to replace my bars or not.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sufferage View Post
    Hello,

    The current bars you have, the Aerofly bars, cannot accept any aftermarket aero bar because they are not round on the top of the bars. Furthermore, the aero bars listed under the link you listed are just for the shiv. Unless you added the entire handle bar assembly to your bike thereby changing your entire cockpit you couldn't use those bars. Which that does not sound like something you are looking for. From my understanding, there is no aftermarket clip-on aero for your style handle bar. However, if you were willing to change out your handle bars to an all round designed you could add on clip-on aero bars easily. Profile Design is a great manufacture of these clip-on aero bars. I have their T2 clip-on bars and love them for the most part just not on my bike.

    I understand you want to us clip-on bars and there are many different types out there but I dont think any will be compatible with your bars as they are. However, I think there is still hope for you because your goal is not necessarily to get into the aero position to go faster, you are wanting it to take pressure off of your hands so they do not go numb. The aero bars could help that a bit but would also cause fit problems because it puts your body into a very different position which would require another fit lol. I struggled to find the sweet spot between my normal roadie position and the aero position but was unable to find it. I have since ditched my aero bars. The lack of proper position was causing me numbness else where..... lol. I might be bias on my bad experiences but I think clip-on bars cause more problems than they are worth.

    A couple questions: How long into your ride do you experience the hand numbness? Do you hands only get numb in a certain position on the bars or is it everywhere?

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