Bars are often overlooked when it comes to
Shape, fit and tech
The shape of the top of the bar makes it possible to set the brakes up with a smooth or flat transition from the tops onto the brake hoods – just the way I like them. The compact drop has a contemporary variable radius shape which puts less strain on the wrists by offering more range of adjustment – or hand positions when in the drops and quite crucially this makes it easier to reach the brake levers. The internal cable routing was actually simple enough to mount. The oversized tops are super ergonomic providing a better grip when climbing and offering a larger surface area or contact patch to rest hands when cruising. PRO added high-performance Innegra fibers to boost strength without compromising weight, allegedly making the bar ‘bombproof’ for the harshest conditions that the Pro Tour might ever encounter.
On the road
The weight saving over an average alloy bar is a whopping 42% and the impact of that on the road I might add, is significant. During out of the saddle efforts the bike is tangibly more spritely and on longer rides that translates into saved energy which is less tangible, but a known. Another significant advantage of a carbon road bar is the damping the material brings to the ride characteristics, the Vibe Superlight carbon bar absorbs the spikey, bone jarring vibrations of tarmac which an alloy bar cannot. I really could feel this, it’s not engineering BS or marketing hype. The ride is simply far smoother.
I found the compact shape enables a
As with all PRO products the bars carry a lifetime warranty that is based on an expected lifetime of 10 years. Their components are developed with many big name teams in the pro p
Providing excellent fit and comfort through their contemporary shape with real damping properties to boot, I could not fault these bars at all. A true high-performance upgrade.