Aero Handlebars in gravel

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damond
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by damond

I know this might be a sensitive subject but which aero handlebars are available with some flare that can be used on a gravel bike?

As for the moment i am only aware of:

- Enve Aero
- 3T AEROGHIAIA INTEGRALE
- Deda SUPERZERO GRAVEL

Integrated barstem system can also be an option!

thanks

voicycle
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by voicycle

Enve SES AR are a bit more gravelly than the Aero but still an aero handlebar. Main aero compromise is with most setups you have to wrap the tops to keep the hoses in place (channels rather than internal).
The new Enve SES AR cockpit goes one-piece and eliminates that need.

FSA K-Wing AGX is aero-ish
Prime Orra Aero is just the flared version of a well-regarded budget road option.

I think there a fair number of OEM one-piece setups with flare, though I don't know how many are available aftermarket:
Black Inc / Factor
BMC Kaius barstem
Ridley Kanzo Fast might have one?
Ribble do one for their bikes and I bet a lot of other 2nd tier manufacturers do similar.

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spdntrxi
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by spdntrxi

I use the SES AR with a Enve aero stem.. Pretty happy with the combo. I have a 40cm now, but switching to 38cm.
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by RDY

I use the Lambda Cross-Wing Aero. Super narrow on the hoods, quite a bit of flare, and short drop. Size 42 (at drops) and 35 at hoods - it's the one with the larger clamp area, so I can add some clip-ons if needs be.
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fizzaz
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by fizzaz

I have strong opinions on this topic:

AERO HANDLEBARS IN GRAVEL ARE POINTLESS

When you go to reg at your next gravel race, they will inevitably hand you a number plate to put on your handlebars - all bar aerodynamics are now negated and to lesser extent frame aerodynamics. Go with the best shape that suits your morphology for a fast body position and then pick the lightest you are willing to pay for. Voila, fast gravel bar.

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by spdntrxi

^ who said anything about "racing" ...

you had to know that was coming :wink:
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by krzn

fizzaz wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 4:10 pm
I have strong opinions on this topic:

AERO HANDLEBARS IN GRAVEL ARE POINTLESS
Some of us use their gravel bike as road bike by simply changing the wheels, et voila, you "need" all the aero gains you can get.

But when it comes to strong opinions ... flared handlebars are pointless :noidea:

req110
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by req110

Who says you can't wrap the race number around your head tube? You don't have to have on the handlebars like some parachute.
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by tiberiade

req110 wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:28 pm
Who says you can't wrap the race number around your head tube? You don't have to have on the handlebars like some parachute.
I tried doing that and was asked not to during Traka.

req110
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by req110

I am sad to hear that. At least if you can mount it on the seatpost. :(
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by spdntrxi

tiberiade wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:38 pm
req110 wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:28 pm
Who says you can't wrap the race number around your head tube? You don't have to have on the handlebars like some parachute.
I tried doing that and was asked not to during Traka.
I feel like the number is for the photogs and you to be able to find your pics so they can be sold after the event. I'm not in the lead pack so I'll wrap that number around the headtube. Never been hassled.
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fizzaz
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by fizzaz

Races almost always ask that you do not wrap it, especially at the pointy end or the race. Also, doing so scratches your paint like a mf'er. Ask how I know in both instances.

RDY
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by RDY

I've never heard of someone being asked to use it as a sail on the bars if they're using a number holder on the seatpost.

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by 1swiftvelo

PRO is coming out with a aero gravel bar. Should be available around May hopefully.

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by njleach

I'm running the 3T Aeroghiaia on my ADHX45. 400mm at the hoods, about 475mm in the drops - it's very comfortable

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