Control Tech Manta Carbon TT bars review£599.99

Distinctive aero setup

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This distinctive-looking aero cockpit isn’t cheap, but offers unique adjustment in a radical position package. The carbon base bar is forward swept from an already offset clamp on the integrated stem to give a very aggressive position.

It’s nearly 300g on its own though, and there’s noticeable twist at the tips when sprinting. The internal cable routing is pretty rough around the insertion points too. There are six different positions for the egg-shaped arm rests and the front subsection is adjustable for height.

The two separate hand sections are adjustable by sliding them along the slotted beak while the gear cables clip underneath. The price includes the carbon-fibre-effect alloy stem (162g extra), making it more palatable.

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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