Ritchey Prologue aero bars review£259.98

Great competition clip-ons

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Both light and low, the Prologue is a great competition clip on. All the carbon fibre involved makes it damn costly though.

Various shaped extension pieces are available to tune fit, although the bars' high £100 price means we’d be tempted to shop around for cheaper options to fit the standard 22.2mm diameter.

The arm/clamp sections are the clever bit, with a single outward canted bolt closing the two piece interlocking clamps. Low-tuck fans will love the fact that the extensions hang below the base bars for a minimal height position.

Outward adjustment is limited to two pairs of holes in the carbon-fibre arm rests, but there is rotational adjustment. The curved cups are very secure too and the basic pads keep weight low.

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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