£290/£80/£135 › Com­fort for your con­tact points

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AL­THOUGH THE SUPERERGO TEAM BAR’S tops have been car­ried over from its pre­de­ces­sor, 3T’s pop­u­lar Er­gonova, the way they turn into the drops is all-new. Now they sweep for­ward a short way to form a flat­tened, ovalised cor­ner that’s great to rest your hands and/or fore­arms on.

The car­bon bar’s 119mm drops have a grad­ual curve that works well with dif­fer­ent-sized hands and per­mits easy reach to most shifters and brake levers while keep­ing the cor­ners out of the way of your wrists when you’re sprint­ing. Our 42cm bar weighs just 204g, in­clud­ing the in­ter­nal cable guides. But there’s no get­ting around it, £290 is a lot to pay for a han­dle­bar.

At £80, the Arx II Team Stealth stem is rather more af­ford­able. It’s an al­la­lu­minium af­fair with a cut-out 3T logo in the four-bolt face plate. It comes in 6° or 17° op­tions and var­i­ous lengths from 70-150mm. A quar­tet of T25 Torx bolts clamp it to the bars but the pair of 4mm Allen key bolts that used to cinch it to the steerer tube have been re­placed with a sin­gle M6 T30 Torx bolt. Our 100mm stem weighs a de­cent 128g and re­quires a 40mm stack of steerer tube for se­cure clamp­ing.

The Zero25 car­bon seat­post is an­other pricey af­fair and has some­thing of a split per­son­al­ity. Run it with the seat clamp as­sem­bled one way and it pro­vides no set­back what­so­ever; but there’s an­other way to as­sem­ble the seat clamp to get 25° set­back – use­ful if your us­ing the same bike for road and time trial rid­ing and want to al­ter your po­si­tion. The clamp ac­cepts all types of sad­dle rail, from round metal to oval car­bon, and al­though it’s 350mm long the post only weighs 213g. The Er­gonova bar’s shape feels ex­cel­lent, whether you’re on the hoods, drops or tops. It soaks up road buzz im­pres­sively, while re­main­ing un­wa­ver­ingly stiff dur­ing sprints and out of the sad­dle climb­ing. The stem feels rock solid too, al­low­ing the bar to work ef­fec­tively. With only a short length of seat­post ex­posed on our test bike, its abil­ity to flex would be lim­ited, but it’s able to pro­vide a more com­fort­able ride than we ex­pected, with no­tice­able im­pact ab­sorp­tion. It’s light and racy but com­fort­able enough to make multi-hour rides more en­joy­able.

WE SAY Ex­pen­sive but great er­gonomics and ex­cel­lent per­for­mance

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