Rather than try to meld the base bar, aero extensions, and stem all together to smooth air around the cockpit, Syntace's new C6 clip-on aero bar features a novel central wedge that diverts any incoming flow around a conventional stem. Who knows whether it actually decreases drag as claimed, but it sure looks cool.
In addition to creating a smoothly profiled wedge to slice through the air up front, the central bridge should stiffen up the entire structure and allows Syntace to form the C6 as a single structure. There's also an optional bottle mount to fill the space. Alternatively, Syntace says it's a perfect place to mount a computer.
The C6's one-piece construction certainly won't make it the most adjustable aero bar on the planet. Indeed, the only customization option is the arm rest width. Syntace will offer the C6 in three lengths, though, and they're all ultralight at 319-364g (claimed). Unfortunately, they're also extremely expensive at an astronomical €498.
Flatforce MTB stem
On the mountain bike side comes the new Flatforce stem, which uses an unusually short 25mm clamp height and a uniquely dropped handlebar clamp that effectively provides 12mm of additional drop compared to a typical -25-degree stem – perfect for shorter riders on 29ers.
The Flatforce MTB stems at the Syntace Taipei Cycle Show booth
Forged 7075 aluminum construction and titanium hardware keep the claimed weight down to 116g for a 66mm length. Current length options include 44, 55, 66, and 77mm with 88, 99, and 111mm sizes currently in development. Suggested retail price is €114.
For more information see www.syntace.com.