Does this top-end car­bon cock­pit pro­duce a top-end ride?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone - Nick Busca­sion­

T he Vi­sion Trimax Car­bon SI R-Bend (there’s also a J-bend ver­sion) is def­i­nitely a hot piece of hard­ware. As you’d ex­pect from a whole-car­bon cock­pit of this top-end level, it also has a fairly high price of £679.

The Trimax from the Kona, Hawaii-hail­ing Vi­sion is de­signed for keen triath­letes and time tri­al­lists (Vi­sion’s rid­ers in­clude top pro triath­lete Michelle Vesterby), and it’s also com­pli­ant with the Shi­mano Di2. But the cock­pit’s best fea­ture is that it’s easy to fit on your bike, at least if you take the whole in­ter­nal rout­ing pro­ce­dure out of the equa­tion. The good news, though, is that it re­ally of­fers a great range of ad­justa­bil­ity and that all the skew­ers are placed in hand-safe po­si­tions and are easy to reach (which is still not a rule in the in­dus­try, be­lieve it or not). As you’d ex­pect from an aero cock­pit, the grip on the main bar and the side horns isn’t de­signed to be used for ex­tended pe­ri­ods, but will do the job as well as its com­peti­tors. No more, no less. Yet we were hugely im­pressed by the self-de­scribed ‘low-pro­file’ arm­rest pads, which are re­ally com­fort­able and above what’s pro­vided by the ma­jor­ity of their tri-bar ri­vals.

The other pos­i­tive news com­pared to older ver­sions of Vi­sion’s cock­pits is that, if you need to change just the bend bars (from r-bend to j–bend or vice versa), you can pur­chase them separately at a later stage. That wasn’t the case with older mod­els like the Vi­sion Vec­tor F.A.S.T.

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