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Old 06-15-20, 08:42 PM
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Seeking info on Vintage Scott Aerobars

Anybody ever seen these before. Just bought a 1984 Team Fuji with these on it. The owner said she got them from some sort of connection to Boone Lennon,while living in Sun Valley in the late 80s. She used to ride with Lennon's wife in a women's biking group. I can't find this model anywhere. I wonder if it's a prototype that was never fully marketed by Scott. Any thoughts. It's fully covered with tape so can't even tell exactly how it's mounted, and don't want to remove the tape just yet, in case I just want to leave the bars on. Note the funky elbow rests, they're stiff as a board at this point. Any ideas appreciated


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Old 06-15-20, 09:18 PM
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Looks like the original Scott bars, normal-looking production that was pretty widely seen back then.


Article linked below states that, "Boone Lennon was late to the party."
https://www.triathlete.com/culture/w...not-the-first/

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I do remembers those in the late 80's and early 90's. A lot of us ended up picking up the bolt on aero bars you could use with your standard drop handlebars. Triathletes used those bars a lot back then.
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Yep, those came out in '87 and took the triathlon world by storm. It wasn't til Greg lemonds '89 tour win before bikies took notice.
I got my first pair at the end of the '87 season. They're still my favorite. In 3 of my 4 bikes have them along with gripshift.


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Scott DH handlebars. Standard production model.
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Old 06-18-20, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Scott DH handlebars. Standard production model.
Yep, finally found these on the web along with the model designation, and T-Mar, you are right on. Thanks
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These came on a mispainted Gios Super Record. Those grip shifters are cool!
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They were called DH (Down Hill) bars because the inventor, Boone Lennon.had been a coach with the USA Alpine Ski Team and the handlebars put the cyclist in a "tuck" that resembled that of a downhill skier. The ski influence can also be seen in the shape of the arm rests, which are reminiscent of ski pole grips and it's been reported that the first arm rests were re-purposed ski pole grips,

The bars were originally marketed without the plastic nose bridge. However, it was soon discovered that adding this piece contributed substantially to the rigidity of the handlebar. The nose bridge was available as an aftermarket item starting in late 1988 but didn't come standard with the bars until 1990.
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Old 06-18-20, 04:26 PM
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[QUOTE=texaspandj;21536588]Yep, those came out in '87 and took the triathlon world by storm. It wasn't til Greg lemonds '89 tour win before bikies took notice.
I got my first pair at the end of the '87 season. They're still my favorite. In 3 of my 4 bikes have them along with gripshift.
Damn, you just reminded me of the red and white Ironman I used to own and sold about 5 years ago. It was just too big for me. A terrific bike and a real stunner! I miss it! I Hey, where did you put the grip shifter. I can't find it in the pic.
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Great Scott!!!


DH bars:






Extreme bars:


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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
They were called DH (Down Hill) bars because the inventor, Boone Lennon.had been a coach with the USA Alpine Ski Team and the handlebars put the cyclist in a "tuck" that resembled that of a downhill skier. The ski influence can also be seen in the shape of the arm rests, which are reminiscent of ski pole grips and it's been reported that the first arm rests were re-purposed ski pole grips,

The bars were originally marketed without the plastic nose bridge. However, it was soon discovered that adding this piece contributed substantially to the rigidity of the handlebar. The nose bridge was available as an aftermarket item starting in late 1988 but didn't come standard with the bars until 1990.
That is interesting, especially the part about the ski pole grips. That's just what the arm rests on my Fuji look like.
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They're right at the end of the bars so you can stay in the aero tuck position and still shift.
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Damn, you just reminded me of the red and white Ironman I used to own and sold about 5 years ago. It was just too big for me. A terrific bike and a real stunner! I miss it! I Hey, where did you put the grip shifter. I can't find it in the pic.
I have a pair of the original gripshift on one of my bikes. Here's a pic of a 2nd or 3rd generation version on one of my bikes.
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Old 06-18-20, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
They're right at the end of the bars so you can stay in the aero tuck position and still shift.

I have a pair of the original gripshift on one of my bikes. Here's a pic of a 2nd or 3rd generation version on one of my bikes.
Very cool!
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Neat. I gave away a set of these just last month.
edit: like the OP, mine also came off of a 1984 Team Fuji. The other 1984 Team Fuji I got in that deal had the Profile bullhorn/aero combo that attached to the stem with a 3-piece "bridge" sort of thing.
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*sigh*

I miss old-school, Youngstown-based Bike Nashbar. I remembering buying a bunch of different Scott aerobars in the late '90s. None of them were more than $5.99. So many cool closeouts back then. I wish I'd kept an AT4-pro. That was my favorite on my first fixed gear during those days.
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