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Cross-wing aero handlebars

Cross-wing aero handlebars

€249.00Price

The 40cm handlebar is currently out of stock. It will be avaiable about June 2024 again.

 

For more information about the Cross-Wing Aero Carbon handlebars we have prepared it for you on a special website.

 

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One of the most important components for a road and gravel bike is the handlebar. A handlebar should not only feel good, but also allow for several sensible and comfortable positions.

 

There are now hundreds of racing handlebars, but unfortunately none of them have the aerodynamic and ergonomic properties that are important to usin a handlebar united.

 

So we developed our very special handlebar. The Cross-Wing Aero handlebars.

 

Who is the handlebar for?

  • Racing cyclists or cyclists who need particularly aerodynamic and narrow handlebars.
  • Gravel bike riders who want to ride an aero handlebar that is not too wide and dampening, but cannot do without the flare, a small drop and the ability to mount accessories on the top handlebar.
  • For all athletes who ride in larger groups or a racing peloton.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

1. The Cross-Wing handlebar has a flattened top link for good aerodynamics (approx. 12 watts) and a comfortable grip. In addition, the flat upper link allows for noticeable damping on the brake handles and in the lower link.

 

2. The brake handle width is approx. 7cm smaller than the width of the lower link. This allows for a very aerodynamic position and the ability to rest your forearms on the flat top handlebars (similar to the time trial handlebars with forearm pads).

 

3. The flare on the lower links allows plenty of space for the forearms when sprinting. In addition, the drop is extremely low, so the lower link position is very comfortable.

 

4. The ability to easily swap handlebars is important. If you have a handlebar in which the cables go through the handlebars, all lines and shift cables must be removed from the frame and rerouted when changing. The brakes must then be bled and the gearshift adjusted. If you don't do this yourself, you can pay up to 200 euros to the bike dealer. After a fall, a “quick” handlebar change with integrated cables is not possible. That's why our cross-wing handlebars have an open cable channel under the top link in which the cables are inserted. This maintains the aerodynamics and changing the handlebars is done really quickly.

 

Optionally you can have the handlebars with aComputer mount on the stem and a practical oneHandlebar bag order. See the pictures.

 

The handlebar bag is 25cm wide and 9cm in diameter. Due to its small width, it fits perfectly with the cross-wing handlebars.  The weight is only 100g. Your cell phone, wind/rain jacket, bars/gel and other utensils fit easily into the bag.

 

The bag has four Velcro fasteners for fastening. It can also be used as a top tube bag (on or under the top tube). The inner pocket consists of a waterproof protective film.

 

Here is an overview of the advantages and features:

 

  •  Width at the lower link (40cm, 42cm and 43cm (center-center))
     
  •  Flare - brake handle width narrower for the brake handles / shifter width (33cm, 35cm and 36cm)
     
  •  Wide hand rests on the top link (depth approx. 54mm) for ergonomic gripping and aerodynamics
     
  •  Aero optimization - measured 23 watts gain at 40 km/h in brake handle position
     
  •  Low drop (105mm) for a grip in the lower handlebars that is not too deep
     
  •  Low reach (72mm) for a short distance from the brake handles
     
  •  Inwardly turned drops (ramp) for inwardly angled shift/brake handles for a fast aero position
     
  •  Minimal resistance due to flattened top links (approx. 90% lower air resistance than round links) (approx. 12 watt gain at 45 km/h)
     
  •  Sprint on the lower links with enough space for the wrists
     
  •  Wide cable channel for quick handlebar replacement
     
  •  Backsweep (approx. 25mm extension on the top link to the rear)
     
  •  High-flare (lower link positioned 20° outwards)
     
  •  Parallel handlebar end (no outsweep or outward bend)
     
  •  Ergo-Drops (straight piece) and Short Extensions (short handlebar end)
     
  •  Compact shape with modified drop radius for good ergonomics
     
  •  High vibration damping (thanks to the carbon and the flat top link)
     
  •  40cm and 43cm version with 50mm clamping area
     
  •  42cm version with 100mm clamping area for mounting aero handlebar attachments or other accessories (clip-on bars, computer/lamp holder, bell, handlebar bag)
     

 

The handlebar tape is not included with the handlebars, but can be ordered for 19 euros (Voxom Gb2 handlebar tape in black).

Resistance reduction due to the top tube:

According to a resistance measurement by TOUR magazine, the gain with an aero handlebar is up to 20 watts. The reason is that a round tube has a significantly higher resistance than a flattened (teardrop-shaped) tube (equivalent to 90% resistance reduction).

 

The air resistance of a round tube on the top link is 13 watts at 45 km/h. The flattened top tube on the XX handlebar has less than one watt of resistance! This is a reduction in air resistance of approximately 12 watts.

 

In addition, cable channels in the handlebars enable brake and shift cables to be routed in an aerodynamically advantageous manner.

 

Resistance reduction due to handlebar width:

In the TOUR article, a difference of almost 50 watts at 45 km/h was measured between a 46cm handlebar and a 42cm handlebar with an aero profile. Between 42cm and 40cm it will be around 15-20 watts. These are noticeable savings.

 

Resistance reduction due to the reduced width of the brake handles:

A completely new and at the same timevery aerodynamic stance This is achieved by holding on to the inwardly angled brake handle humps and placing your forearms on the upper link.

Basically, this is a similar position to that of an aero trailer. The flat top link makes this comfortable and has the advantage that your hands can operate the brake very quickly. Aero tests show a significant reduction in wattage of approximately 23 watts at 40 km/h in this mount.

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