£309.95 › Er­gonom­i­cally aero bar

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VI­SION, ALONG WITH its sis­ter brand FSA, has al­ways made bars with a unique look, pi­o­neer­ing the small rise up from the cen­tre clamp sec­tion-style, an­gu­lar ergo bend drops, and were also among the first to in­tro­duce the idea of com­pact drop bars.

The Metron cer­tainly pulls to­gether new ideas, the bar hav­ing an 80mm reach [dis­tance you have to stretch to get your hands com­fort­ably on the bar] and a 125mm drop [dis­tance to the low­est part of the bar], so far so com­pact. The dif­fer­ence over oth­ers is that the drop also swings out­wards, so our 44cm bar mea­sures 44cm at the hoods, but widens by 10mm down in the drops. That’s enough to en­sure more than enough wrist clear­ance when sprint­ing. The pro­file of the drop is in­ter­est­ing too; from the top bend to the hood po­si­tion it’s round, but get into the lower por­tion of the drop and the cross sec­tion be­comes tri­an­gu­lar with the flat side slanted out­wards.

In use this proves to be a very com­fort­able grip­ping point, and one that slightly ro­tates your wrist out and pulls your el­bow in­wards to cre­ate a more aero­dy­namic rid­ing po­si­tion. It’s a sim­ple trick but one that works well. The flat top sec­tion is an­gled for­wards at 10 de­grees, and the ovalised shape is de­signed for an er­gonomic fit, with a nod to aero shap­ing too.

When rid­ing on the tops the slightly open hand po­si­tion feels more nat­u­ral than a straight bar and, im­por­tantly, more com­fort­able.

What­ever the com­bi­na­tion of er­gonomics and aero­dy­nam­ics at play, the bar is ex­tremely com­fort­able in the way that it dulls road vi­bra­tions. We fit­ted the bar to a test bike that did feel quite firm and noisy up front with the stan­dard al­loy bar, but with the Metron, that was com­pletely cured.

Weigh­ing just 242.5g for our 44cm test bar, Vi­sion’s Metron 4D is suit­ably light weight, and we found that the unique shap­ing worked for us. Whether that’s enough to jus­tify the high price is an­other story...

HIGHS Great shape, light­weight, and takes the sting out of road vi­bra­tions LOWS Unique look won’t ap­peal to all, high price

Com­fort­able, com­pact bar with aero ad­van­tages but with a high price tag

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