Clip-on Bars

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Gear Review Clip-on Bars -

BooneLen­non de­vel­oped the first aero bar for Scott USA in 1986 and, ever since, it has be­come the defin­ing fea­ture of triathlon bikes. Clip- on aero bars were de­signed for ath­letes who want to ride reg­u­lar han­dle­bars but still get the ben­e­fits of an aero po­si­tion on the bike when time tri­al­ing or do­ing a triathlon. They’re also the first step you’ll take to turn a reg­u­lar road bike into a tri bike. The im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics of the aero po­si­tion will lead to faster tri times.

The ad­vent of draft-le­gal rac­ing in the early 90s cre­ated a need for a slightly dif­fer­ent type of aero bar. To en­sure safety in pack-rid­ing sit­u­a­tions, itu rules re­quire that the aero-bars used in draft-le­gal

P. R.O. events don’t ex­tend be­yond the brake levers and are bridged. Th­ese shorter aero bars don’t need to be the ex­clu­sive do­main of elite and ju­nior rac­ers. For those who usu­ally ride in a group, but want to use an aero po­si­tion on oc­ca­sion, the shorter bars are a nice com­pro­mise.

The other ad­van­tage many peo­ple find with clip- on bars is their ver­sa­til­ity. Many will mount ei­ther above or be­low the han­dle­bars, al­low­ing for a higher or lower po­si­tion. Typ­i­cally they’ll also al­low for much more width ad­justa­bil­ity, al­low­ing you to dial in the op­ti­mal arm po­si­tion for long days in the aero po­si­tion.

We had a look at two mod­els of each style of bar.

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