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NEW Easton aerobar & should I switch from std "road" bar???Synchronicity
Sep 9, 2003 7:16 PM
You've all probably heard about it. I saw the new Easton aero bar at the Sydney bicycle show last weekend. I see almost no mention of it anywhere on the internet.
here is link to a previous prototype:

The production version looks the same, except it has integrated brake levers like the HED bars. Plus it has semi-integrated gear-shifters: you only need the levers & not the body. You will be able to change the yellow grips for other colours later. The grips, BTW, look like one-piece silicon rubber items. The Easton representative said it weighed 900grams complete, and came in one width and two lengths (short and medium). "Short" looked like it would fit me perfectly, and I'm rather tall at 5'11.
But the second part of the post is this:
(please help; I'm new to this)

I've used normal "curvy" road bars (i.e. non-bullhorn-style) and a set of cinelli spinachi extensions for as long as I can remember. I'm thinking of making the switch to either the Easton or HED integrated bars. I have a Kestrel 500, so it's classified as a triathlon bike alright, but I don't do triathlons, more what you'd call "solo time-trials". I also always train on my own.

These bars sure /look/ good, but I would REALLY appreciate your opinions. I've never really liked road bars, apart from looking like they've always looked (i.e. outdated), I hardly ever use the drop position, as I find my back is a bit too low & hunched over. I either use the hoods or spinachis. I havn't bothered to wrap the little gel pads around the bars, so I don't put much weight on my forearms at all.

I want something that will be comfortable for my wrists (both were previously broken). I assume aerobars will be more comfy, as you are more supported on your forearms, correct? Of course everyone wants to go faster, but I'm willing to compromise on my aero position a fair bit for more comfort when training.

There are just two things bothering me before I comit to anything:
1)I lose the ergopower press-button gears & revert to index shifting on the aerobars. Is this a big deal? Well my problem is actually more the fact of where the shifters are located (away from the brakes). To those of you who use this setup, I ask: do you get used to it? How about if it is a hilly course? Does it become a problem then? You can't climb well on aerobars extensions, right? Although I /have/ found that I get into a good rythm when climbing with my hands on the spinachi bars. But if you're on the bullhorn section, how do you manage to change gears all the time if it's an undulating course? Is it easy to reach all the way over there, or what? Your impressions please?

2)Are there any modifications requried to the rest of the bike to get this to work? My saddle is already almost as far forward as it can go. The seatpost (USE alien carbon) doesn't have much set-back, so turning it around won't do that much good. I've ALWAYS prefered a more forward seating position anyway.
BUT when I place my arms about where they'd go on new integrated aerobars, I noticed that it was far more of a "forward" body position that I previously thought (duh). Seemed like there would be much more weight on your front wheel. I am a little worried/concerned about this, as the reach of the spinachis are a lot less than any aerobar. I feel as though it will affect my handling, and my 10 years of cycling experience will not count for much.
Do I need a shorter stem? I already have an expensive stem, and it's not terribly long at 110mm. What do you all think?

I know it is a very long post & I have many questions,
Thankyou to all that respond :-)