Good entry level clip-on tri bars
Weight: 473g Contact: www.madison.co.uk
These modestly priced Legacy clip-on tribars from Profile are ideal if you fancy having a bash at time-trialling but don't want to lash out for a dedicated bike. They fit either regular or oversized handlebars, which is convenient. Best not to try them on carbon bars though.
Unlike the single piece bars that tend to show up at this end of the price spectrum (and I've found these online for £45) the two piece Legacys offer a greater range of positions to accommodate your particular build. The arm pads can also be set in three different postions, so you should have no problem setting them up nicely. There isn't any adjustability for length, but that's to be expected at this price. The bar position, sticking out on a level with the handlebars, isn't too aggressive. More experienced TTers might want bars that set a bit lower but for beginners, and that's who these are really for, it's ideal. As a beginner myself I liked the position, it gave me a reasonable aero profile but without compromising control or requiring me to bend beyond what my physique allows.
The main gripe I have is that the arm pads are pretty crude, just lumps of thick rubbery foam. Riding with bare arms is a pretty sweaty affair, even on a short TT. More expensive bars usually come with removable (and washable) pads and you could probably fashion something similar yourself with a bit of time and effort. That said, I'm reviewing these as supplied.
Time-trialling (and triathlon) can be ridiculously spendy when it comes to shaving off a few seconds. These humble bars will help you get the most out of your existing bike without breaking the bank.
Good entry level clip-on tri bars
road.cc test report
Make and model: Profile Design Legacy Aerobar
Size tested: Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Depressing absence of blurb from Profile. They're basic, no-frills clip-ons and I'd guess they're aimed at TTers and triathletes on a budget.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Two piece aluminium tri-bars
The only issue is the rubber pad, which isn't replaceable.
Bars are sound but pads are the weak point. Still, at a whisker under £60 you'll get the value before they expire. Alternatively you could make your own pads.
475g. Not for weight weenies, but hey, look at the price.
Will always be subjective, but for 10 mile TTs I found them very comfy. On longer rides the pads might be an issue.
I found these online for £45. You could do a lot worse.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Reasonable quality for a modest price - got me a PB for a 10 first time I used them.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The rubbery pads are a bit sweaty and not removable.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Nice entry level bars but could do with better pads.
About the tester
I usually ride: Kona Dew Drop, Dawes Century SE My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, Audax and long distance solo rides