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Question about clip-on tri bars...(8 posts)

Question about clip-on tri bars...chrisbaby
Jan 15, 2004 10:00 AM
Which model of clip-on tri bars are the easiest/fastest to put on and take off. I own the Deda clip-one and they are a pain in the ass!

Thanks in advance

re: Question about clip-on tri bars...bimini
Jan 15, 2004 10:12 AM
I've got profile split second, they are a pain also.

I also don't like all the plumbing and noise from the flip up arm rests. I like riding aero but don't like the clip-ons.

I have been watching ebay for the right Tri or TT specific bike with real TT handlebars and geometry. I will Use my old bike for racing the Road & Crits and club rides and the "new" bike for TT and training. and noise from the flip up arm rests...HAL9010
Jan 15, 2004 12:10 PM
I have Split Seconds and a trick use is to slip a doubled-up section of an old inner tube at the contact point of the flip ups. This quiets the metal chatter when not "In the position" and adds a bit of extra cushion while aero (and on rough surfaces).

A strip cut in this shape:


about 9-10 cm long. The width(s) should be 8mm, 5mm, 8mm.

That is the "legs" need to be ~8mm wide and the space between ~5mm. Fold the legs in half and pull through with some dental floss. It'll last for a while 'till it eventually gets bitten through from your weight (and time) in the aero position.

The flip ups won't quite flip up as far, but still well out of the way.
re: Question about clip-on tri bars...JimP
Jan 15, 2004 4:10 PM
I just installed a Deda Clip Black and found they were quite easy to install. The issue of re-install would be to get the bar and pads in the same position. I replaced a Profile AirStryke bar that had crushed a 26mm bar. I would caution using a clip-on bar clamp that is not made specificly for the bar size. In my case, the Profile clamp is supposed to be universal for both 26 and 31mm bars. The curvature of the clamp makes it very easy to overtighten the clamp which will crush the bar. Also, clamps with teeth are easier to overtighten since they have much less surface area to mate to the bar. The Deda clamp comes in either 26 or 31mm sizes and the 26mm size mates to a 26mm bar quite well. The armrests are mounted with plastic clamps that also are 26mm sized. The armrests don't have to be tightened much since they won't slip when just snug. My only issue so far is the armrests could be 5mm higher.

They all work basically the same...Tri_Rich
Jan 15, 2004 10:15 AM
Most have a clamp mechanism very similar to a stem.
re: Question about clip-on tri bars...Akirasho
Jan 15, 2004 10:25 AM
... I don't have enough experience with varied type of clip ons... but the questions comes as to why you need to remove them often enough for it become an issue...

Indeed, most clip ons are finicky enough in the first place that repeated removal would only tend to weaken them at their weakest point! Add to that, any hardware that might be attached (Barcons on mine save for olddy enough, the one I was gonna suggest... the carbon versions of the Dedas you mentioned) Didn't Deda redesign the clamp for the Clip One and Clip Black?

Be the bike.
Stage racing for us plebeians with only one bike...Spunout
Jan 15, 2004 10:59 AM
Usually convenient to put on something like Deda Clips for a TT and take them off (the rule) for the next event.
syntace are easy and so are the vision tech'ssievers11
Jan 15, 2004 12:12 PM
I am not sure why besides the bolts operate smoothly and the clamp is located close to the stem, thus you don't have ot move too much stuff from top of handle bar.