Giant Connect SL Clip-on S-bend aero bars review£139.99

Semi-carbon clip-ons

BikeRadar score3/5

Giant's accessory range is increasing all the time and now includes these tidy semi-carbon clip-ons. The carbon extensions certainly make them look pricier than they are, as well as making weight very competitive. They hang below the bar line, with the S-bend bringing them up to a neutral hand height, with internal cable slots and trim lines at the rider end for symmetrical cutting.

The neat hinged clamp is designed so the single bolt tightens both extensions and separately angle-adjustable armrest arms together. The low profile Velcro-anchored pads sit on three-position pad plates, with three holes on each arm too. It's all a bit of a balancing act getting it together, but adjustability works really well once together. There’s a U-bend version too, but that’s £30 more expensive and heavier.

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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