HED Corsair aero bar review£599.99

Race-ready time trial bar

BikeRadar score4/5

HED's aero bar experience shows in this new ultralight, user-friendly and UCI legal built-in-brake cockpit. Black Dog is the most aerodynamic HED bar available, but the Corsair gets shorter 2.96:1 ratio wings to just sneak under the UCI time trial commissaires' radar.

The ‘hummingbird’ end pods are well-shaped and grip taped enough to make full bar tape optional. The minimalist carbon-bladed levers are built into the pods, with brake cables installed for easy fitting. As well as flat (here) or drop wing designs there are Kick, Lazy S (here) and S-bend extension options.

These plug into neat CNC receivers level with the bars. The carbon arm-pads cups get six different position options plus riser spacers, and can also be flipped up to give maximum bar space on longer climbs.

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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