Bontrager XXX Lite aero bar review£379.99

Full-carbon cockpit

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Bontrager's full-carbon cockpit is light and well-priced, but tall in height and low in adjustability. The carbon fibre base bar uses slim, forward-swept teardrop wings with slightly kinked hand horn sections, complete with internal brake cable routing. It’s acceptably stiff when sprinting out of the saddle, although musclemen will feel some twist.

The extension clamps and arm pontoons are single combined pieces to save weight. The armrests are relatively high though, and there’s no sideways adjustment of the inward bent ‘ski’ tip extensions. There’s no internal gear routing either – just grooves along the front that help create a teardrop profile to the grip section once wrapped. There's some sideways adjustment from the four-position pontoons, with another four angle adjustable positions on the armrests.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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