Tranz X TB01 tri bars review£24.99

Solid starter low profiles

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You can spend a bike’s worth on the latest carbon aero wings for your bike, but these solid starter models from Tranz X prove you don’t have to.

The ski bend is a simple hook, but it’s laser-etched to give a range of length options and you can rotate it in the clamp to give a few different hand positions. You can also pull the end plugs off to run tip shifters and at 436g they aren’t too heavy.

The block clamps come with a shim for running on standard or oversize bars, while side wing and plastic arm cups each have two mounting holes for limited adjustability.

You need to tighten the single bolts firmly to stop them rattling loose and the removeable arm pads are tight for broad forearms, but they’re curved for security and don’t get sweaty.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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