Planet X Stealth aero bar review£199.99

Semi-carbon cockpit

BikeRadar score3/5

This semi-carbon-fibre cockpit looks great value, but it’s relatively crude in use. The modular design uses sideways slideable clamshell pods with no fewer than six bolts to lock them onto the bars and hold the skinny inboard end of the extensions in place.

You get various spacers to change height of the armrests and six holes give three different width adjustments. There’s no angle change possible on the pads though, and the fat pads aren’t particularly comfortable.

The base bars are stiff and the deep double-barrelled horns have direct-fit brake sections with corresponding slots in the aerofoil bar section. It’s best to reverse-fit the cables for simplicity though and the extensions aren’t slotted for gears. It’s not as light as you’d hope from carbon, but then it’s less than half the price of most competitors.

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

Related Articles

Back to top