Pro-Lite Trieste Aero Bar review£139.99

Usefully adjustable

BikeRadar score3/5

Despite its low price, the Trieste is a good-looking and very adjustable low-profile cockpit, but it’s certainly not light. The fat hydroformed alloy base bar with drooped wings down to the horns is impressively stiff when cornering and sprinting, and puts the rider’s weight low for confident grip. The smooth welded joints, gloss finish and grip tape centre give a carbon fibre look.

Multi-part block clamps look basic and contribute to the high weight, but they put the extensions well below bar level and give adjustment for length and tip angle. Four holes give three sideways positions, plus another eight angle-adjustable options on the armrest plates. Seriously upswept outer sections make it very secure when you’re in windy or twisty situations too. At nearly 900g it’s not for those concerned about weight though.

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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