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.
Stylish, sturdy and comfortable bullhorn handlebars for your fixer or TT bike.
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Make and model: Bontrager Race Bullhorn
Size tested: 420mm OS
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely
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