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Anyone try the Bontrager Aero Bars yet.

Old 02-10-15, 08:26 PM
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Anyone try the Bontrager Aero Bars yet.

Anyone have any experience with the Bontrager aero bars with flat top mounts. I felt them on a bike and was so impressed with the grip I searched around and found a shop in Middletown that has them, so I bought a Pair. Now to pray all my cables will be a perfect length so I can run them through the bars.
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Old 02-10-15, 09:32 PM
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no pic?

how do you expect those of use that don't have them to make unqualified, definitive and insightful comments on their reliability, looks, ergonomics, price and performance?

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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
no pic?

how do you expect those of use that don't have them to make unqualified, definitive and insightful comments on their reliability, looks, ergonomics, price and performance?
Well Bontrager only make one aerobar - it should be easy enough to find a pic of the precise aerobar he's talking about on account of the fact that there's only one.
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Old 02-10-15, 10:38 PM
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that's what i thought too.
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I suppose this is what comes of not bothering to try to help the OP and just talk instead. They make three: the Race Aero, the Race Lite Aero and the Race X Lite Aero, which are all different in shape and plan form. And don't look like anything special or different to me.

Or maybe he's talking about their Speed Concept mono bar that only mounts on their Speed Concept bull horns.
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Old 02-11-15, 05:54 AM
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I've got the carbon aero bars. The flat tops are great. Internal cable guides, round , shallow drops and fairly long reach. I've been on them for 2 seasons(?) an am very happy with them.
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Originally Posted by Diablito View Post
Anyone have any experience with the Bontrager aero bars with flat top mounts. I felt them on a bike and was so impressed with the grip I searched around and found a shop in Middletown that has them, so I bought a Pair. Now to pray all my cables will be a perfect length so I can run them through the bars.

Why not just get one from zipp, pro, enve or a dozen other companies that make aero bars?
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Old 02-11-15, 07:53 AM
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Thanks Clydeosaur, I put them on last night. I will post pics when I get home after I go for a ride. Should feel great on the palm of the hand since they are flat.

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Old 02-12-15, 05:30 PM
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Went for a ride and the bars feel great. Very comfortable on the wrists. The flat tops really feel nice. Here are a few pics to see the difference between the aero and standard bar.

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Old 02-12-15, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
I suppose this is what comes of not bothering to try to help the OP and just talk instead. They make three: the Race Aero, the Race Lite Aero and the Race X Lite Aero, which are all different in shape and plan form. And don't look like anything special or different to me.

Or maybe he's talking about their Speed Concept mono bar that only mounts on their Speed Concept bull horns.
Oh snap, you didn't know what he was talking about either!

Turns out he's not talking about aero bars at all!

I have a pair of zipp bars that have a flat profile like that and I generally like them. I doubt they make a lick of difference in how aero you are though. If they're comfy enough for you to ride on for 6-8 hours then you're in the clover - enjoy.
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Old 02-12-15, 09:34 PM
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Do you know how much they weigh? I was looking around and all I saw was 320g which seemed high... even if alloy?
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Most of the carbon aero drop bars I've been looking into recently are around 250g for a size 44 (Zipp, 3T, etc). Didn't really look too closely at the Bontragers since nobody seems to sell them (or at least I didn't see them at the usual places).
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Old 02-13-15, 02:41 AM
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I have 44cm and they are 350 grams. I could justify spending $369 on the carbon version when everyone is telling me if my bike falls over it could ruin the carbon bars.
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I did not get them based on weight. I was looking for a long(er) reach, nice bend and flat tops for comfort in both the tops and drops. These fit the bill nicely. Not a fan boy, but I'm running Bontrager's affinity RXL saddle as well. Very comfortable cockpit compared to my Control Tech / Fizik that I was on.
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Old 02-13-15, 09:23 AM
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I wanted to get them on my new Emonda SL, but the mechanic at the shop said that because of how the cables ran from the new Ultegra shifters, it would be difficult to set them up and route the cables in a way that wouldn't affect the shifting quality negatively. I decided that I would go with the regular bar spec'd with the bike instead and see how I liked it before trying anything different.
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Protip: If you wrap the tops, they're no longer aero.
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As somebody else said above, I wasn't interested in them for their aero properties, but instead because the broad flat top was very comfortable under my hands.
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Old 02-13-15, 11:38 AM
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Good for you with the new bars. Buy what you like and what works for you. That's why bars come in so many shapes and sizes.
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Is this true about not being able to run the cables properly with newer Ultegra shifters ??
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Protip: If you wrap the tops, they're no longer aero.
Same thing I was thinking. He seems more interested in comfort though.
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Is this true about not being able to run the cables properly with newer Ultegra shifters ??
This bar came stock on my Madone 5.2 with Ultegra 6800 shifters and ive had zero issues.
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Originally Posted by mleach82 View Post
This bar came stock on my Madone 5.2 with Ultegra 6800 shifters and ive had zero issues.
Awesome great to hear! I have 6800 set as well, and was concerned with what txags92 stated above in post #15
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This is an aerobar:



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Is this true about not being able to run the cables properly with newer Ultegra shifters ??
Running mine with 6700 shifters & durace cables. They work fine. I bought the bars due to comfort, not aero advantage.
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Given how often you see riders in the pro peloton in the phantom aerobar position, it's surprising that it took so long for a manufacturer to come up with a bar that accommodates that postion.
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