Bontrager Race Bullhorn  £29.99

9/10

Stylish, comfortable bullhorn bars for your fixer or TT bike. A bargain too

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by Iwein Dekoninck   September 7, 2009  

Bontrager Race Bullhorn

Bontrager race bullhorn handlebars are made from custom butten 2014-T6 aluminium and feel equally at home on your time-trial/triathlon bike or your fixed.

They only come 420mm wide (measured centre-to-centre, they are 440mm end-to-end) but they are available in a choice of diameters: standard (26mm stem clamp size); or oversize (31.8mm stem clamp size), which is the version we tested. They’re designed to work with aero-brake levers and sport a single groove for cable routing.

There’s just enough oversize area to fit clip-on handlebars; the drop starts just where the taper from oversize to ‘grip-size’ stops. This resulting hand position next to the stem takes a little bit of getting used to but is actually really comfy and makes for a very stylish looking handlebar set-up. You don't have to be super-flexy get down down in the drops the position is not that low, but there’s enough to get a bit lower into a headwind.

I mainly used them on my fixer; they felt reassuringly stiff even honking up hills for dear life. This is good, you really do not want your handlebars to break riding fixed. Don’t ask me how I know this… At the same time, the cunning drop seems to soak up more road buzz than comparable oversize bullhorns I’ve tried.

At £29.99 I reckon these are a bit of a bargain. They look the business, they provide four comfortable hand positions and they’re well made. Highly recommended.

Verdict

Stylish, sturdy and comfortable bullhorn handlebars for your fixer or TT bike.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Bontrager Race Bullhorn

Size tested: 420mm OS

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
10/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 32  Height: 1.78m  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: All of them!  My best bike is: Cervelo Dual

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, Audax

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