3T Aura Pro time trial bar£249.99

Ideal for a more upright position

BikeRadar score3/5

3T’s new semi-carbon tri cockpit is impressively stiff, nicely shaped and well-priced if you’re after a more upright position.

The UCI’s 3:1 ratio rule means any shape on a frame or component used for road racing can’t be longer than three times its depth now. That means the ultra-flat arc of the Ventus model’s bar is replaced by the chubbier and cheaper Aura Pro.

While they cause more drag, the fat carbon wings are stiffer when climbing, and the kinked hand sections give extra grip on descents. Internal brake cable installation was easy thanks to the guide pipes, alloy extensions are marked for easy trimming and weight is a reasonable 726g.

Pads can only be adjusted sideways though. You’ll need to get the otherwise similar Mistral Pro if you want lower underbar rather than overbar-mounted extensions.

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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