Whether you’re up­grad­ing your cur­rent rig, or want to drop a ton of drag off your road bike po­si­tion, clip on bars are the way to go. We’ve tested six of the best

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Get comfy with­out com­pro­mis­ing on aero po­si­tion­ing with six of the best.

BONTRAGER RACE X LITE CLIP ON £159.99 Weight 454g Bontrager make three dif­fer­ent clip on sets, in­clud­ing these fully ad­justable X Lite mod­els with car­bon fi­bre ex­ten­sions. The bar clamps are cold forged for strength, while the pad spars are off­set slightly back­wards, so watch knee clear­ance on re­ally short bikes. Four span holes, plus three width and four bolt po­si­tions on the pad plate, make it com­fort­able. The curved ‘pis­tol grip’ ex­ten­sions com­plete some of the most er­gonomic bars avail­able. OVER­ALL

3T CLIP ON PRO £99.99 Weight 525g 3T’s Pro clips are a neat, mid­weight de­sign with more height ad­just­ment than most af­ford­able set ups. The forged bar clamps hold the ex­ten­sions to the sides of the di­rect mount pads but there’s lit­tle side­ways ad­just­ment in re­la­tion to the ex­ten­sions. The deeply curved pads need ac­cu­rate align­ment as they’re very pre­scrip­tive in terms of fore­arm grip, but con­fi­dence is high once set up right. The ex­ten­sions are sub­tly curved and slot­ted for in­ter­nal gear rout­ing. OVER­ALL

DEDA PARABOLICA UNO £83.99 chick­en­cy­ Weight 382g There are no gear slots in the ex­ten­sions so you’ll have to tape con­trol lines ex­ter­nally, but they are laser etched for sym­met­ri­cal set up. The over­bar ex­ten­sion mount is a nicely shaped forged clamp, and di­rect mount pad plates keep weight to a min­i­mum. The 4x4 grid of mount­ing holes means plenty of po­ten­tial po­si­tions, and the tri­an­gu­lar pad shape is for­giv­ing of dif­fer­ent arm an­gles. OVER­ALL

ZIPP VUKA ALU­MINA CLIP, CAR­BON EX­TEN­SION £209 fish­er­out­ Weight 426g Rather than a set pack­age, you build your own bars from var­i­ous op­tions. The car­bon ex­ten­sions have a rough, tex­tured grip tip and inset gear ca­ble en­try ports in straight, ski and hockey bend shapes. These can be matched to un­der bar and over bar clamps with ad­justable rise an­gles for the arms and var­i­ous lift kits or side ad­just­ment wings. OVER­ALL

PRO­FILE DE­SIGN T5 £109.99 madi­ Weight 496g Pro­file’s new T5+ bars use sep­a­rate bar and arm rest clamps for uniquely in­de­pen­dent po­si­tion ad­just­ment. As well as be­ing able to slide up and down the ex­ten­sions in front or be­hind the bar clamps, the raised outer edge F-19 arm pad plates also have 45mm of fore and aft ad­just­ment. The rounded edge main clamps come with 26.4mm shims. All ad­just­ment bolts are easy to get to so set up is a snap. OVER­ALL

USE TR2 £229.98 ul­ti­ma­ Weight 336g The ul­tra light min­i­mal­ist de­sign doesn’t leave much room to ma­noeu­vre. The long car­bon ex­ten­sions have a bright red al­loy butt plug to stop clamp crush, but that means you can’t move them back­wards too much. There are shorter and dif­fer­ent an­gle, shape and straight ex­ten­sion op­tions, or you can choose al­loy ver­sions and trim. Not the best choice for big­ger rid­ers but it’s hard to fault their min­i­mal weight. OVER­ALL

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