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Old 11-28-04, 02:25 PM
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Aero Bars

I havea 1999 cannondale r800 and are looking to put aerobars on it. Since these woull be my first set of earo bars I really have no idea what im looking for. What would be a good set between $70-$130? and whats the difference between the ones that are attached and the ones that aren't connected?





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The attatched or "clip on" aero bars are cheaper and are much easier to use. They just clip on to your handlebars and can be easily removed. The other kind have to be installed on the bike by first removing the existing handle bars and replacing them with the one piece aerobars. You must then reroute the cables and shifters to the aerobars... too much hassle unless you are a serious racer. Also, they cost much more, you can easily spend $500 on one piece aerobars. Deda makes a good set of aero bars. They are light, cheap (circa $90), and are among the few bars that will fit 31.8mm (oversized) handlebars. You can also get them in 26mm as well. Just make sure you know the diameter of your handle bars before purchasing any aerobars.
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Profile Airstryke 2000 aerobars with the F-19 flip-up armrests. Only way to go. Come with adapters for both common handlebar diameters.
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Check out the Profile Design Airstryke clip-ons. They allow multiple adjustments and they fit 26mm & 31.8mm bars. The armrests are spring-loaded so they still allow you to use the top of your bars (i.e. for climbing).

http://www.profile-design.com/produc...airstryke.html
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Hot aero bars..!
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I personally like the Syntace C2 clip on bars. The arm rests are a little rearward of the handle bars which unless you are using a tri-specific frame with forward oriented geometry, locating the arm rests behind the handle bars gives you more comfort and better stability. They even make a riser kit which I use and this allows you to place your hands on top of the handle bars near the stem yet under the arm rests for climbing. They cost about $118 and are very light. I have used these bars for about 9 years now and they have been the standard against which others are judged. And yes, you will pick up some speed in the aero position, particulary once you are moving over 20 mph. They also allow you to ride in a different position. I have noticed that in the aero position, your eyes see up the road better because your position is rotated up just a little bit.
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm
I personally like the Syntace C2 clip on bars. The arm rests are a little rearward of the handle bars which unless you are using a tri-specific frame with forward oriented geometry, locating the arm rests behind the handle bars gives you more comfort and better stability. They even make a riser kit which I use and this allows you to place your hands on top of the handle bars near the stem yet under the arm rests for climbing. They cost about $118 and are very light. I have used these bars for about 9 years now and they have been the standard against which others are judged. And yes, you will pick up some speed in the aero position, particulary once you are moving over 20 mph. They also allow you to ride in a different position. I have noticed that in the aero position, your eyes see up the road better because your position is rotated up just a little bit.
where can i find this?
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http://www.excelsports.com/image200/...Aero%20Bar.jpg

Arm pads are positioned behind the drop for superior handling

* Weight: 390 grams

Adaptor available for 31.8 oversized bars.
Unit Price: $114.95
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Well, I'm not great with giving you all of the link, but that's what they look like. Most folks sell them for about the same price. I have found the folks in Boulder, Co at Excel Sports to be terrific. When ordering the C2, they come in sm, md, and lg. If you are in the 6 foot range, ride a 58 or greater frame, and use a 110 - 130 cm stem, go for the large. The size refers to the distance from where they clamp on the handle bar to where the upward turn at the front of the bar is (where your hands grasp it).
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