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Profile Design Carbon T2+ Cobra Aero Bar
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Price:$144.44+Free shipping
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2009
I was in the market for some clip-on aerobars to help improve my cycling time in bi's/du's/tri's. My initial research found clip-on's in the range of $30 to well over $400. I wanted to stay in the lower range for my first try and came across these. The reviews were fairly good on these so I pulled the trigger and ordered them.

They arrived and had a box full of extra's that for me weren't necessary for the installation. There were instructions in the box, but it's really pretty straight-forward putting them on your bicycle. Within 20 mins I had them on the bike and ready for a ride. The aerobars performed admirably, especially for the price. There are two reasons I didn't give them 5/5 stars. First being the padding, simple velcro straps keep them in place and they work just fine, though some improvements could be made. The other thing is that not all the adjustments can be made without impacting other adjustments. I wanted to adjust the vertical angle of the forearm rests and in order to do so, you have to remove the padding, and the forearm rests themselves to get to the hex nut that controls the angle. There is also a minute horizontal forearm adjustment that can be made by rotating the forearm rests while the two hex nuts that hold it in place are loose. So the big complaint there is that I wish I could make individual adjustments without impacting some of the other tweaks I've made. Once you've got all the the adjustments made it's not a big deal and I wouldn't consider this a show stopper for the aerobars.

Overall the areobars do what you expect them to, and once fitted properly are comfortable and durable. For this price you can't expect much more.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2010
Have used this product for 2 months now and in an Olympic distance triathlon. I am quite pleased with its performance. My handlebars have a 31.8 bulge in the middle, but it doesn't extend very far from the stem mounting and my bike computer mounts to my handlebars as well, so I had to mount these a little wider than I would have liked, but with the included shims and a little bit of old inner-tube rubber between the clamp and the handlebars, they don't budge. I mounted them to regular rams-horn road bike handlebars and left my shifters/brakes in the same spot. Don't forget to wrap the end of the arms with bar tape for extra comfort. Getting into an aero tuck makes your back and neck sore for the first week or so, but afterwards, its basically a free 1.5-2mph if there is any wind at all. My only complaint is that when getting out of the saddle on big climbs, you can hit your knee on the pads if you aren't paying attention.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I rate items based on three criteria - Does it work as advertised? Does the value justify the cost? Does it improve my life? I put my recommendation at the top, then answer those three questions below.

RECOMMENDATION

I recommend this product to anyone racing, training for, or thinking about doing a triathlon or time trial. I bought these a few months after getting my bike, to convert it to more of a triathlon bike. They've held up well, though most of the paint has come off. They're a little on the heavy side, but the carbon fiber aerobars are just stupidly expensive, so that doesn't bother me.

FUNCTIONALITY

The elbow pads are quite comfortable, and - my personal saddle issues aside - I'm most comfortable riding the bike in aero position now. I've got them clamped onto my carbon fiber handlebars, and they have held perfectly for over two years, with no apparent damage to the handlebars.

VALUE

All bike accessories seem expensive to me, and I've forced myself to just ignore the pricing for the gear I "need" for road cycling. I think I've gotten my money's worth out of these things though.

DOES IT IMPROVE MY LIFE?

In the end, anything that makes you more comfortable on your bike is a worthy investment, because you flat out WILL NOT RIDE if you're not comfortable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2009
purchased to replaced profile aerobars with flip up armrests. Very stable, very aero and comfortable. If you tend to ride with your hands on the top bar of your handlebars, there isn't enough space for your hands. Since I ride either in drops,on brake hoods, or in aero...this is not a problem for me.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
These areobars are functional, but could use a couple of modifications. First, let me say that I put them on way small diameter handle bars using thick aluminum shims that I made from bar stock. That was a pain, but that was my fault because I measured wrong (measure twice). That aside, once installed, they work well. my only real gripe is that you have to disassemble it too much to adjust anything. Simple modifications would allow access to all screws without taking the thing apart. Oh well. I would also like it if the arm pads flipped up when not in use. These are my first aeorbars and I love using them. I put them on a cheap trek hybrid, but think they are a great addition. I find the tuck position far less tiring than normal riding position and it is a HUGE advantage when riding into the wind. I gain at least 1 mph without any alteration in how I ride, maybe 2 mph. I won't own a bike without aerobars again. For those who say they are only for time trial or triathlon, that is nonsense. I use it for commuting and it make the ride much better. As for comments from others about destabilization of the bike, there is a little of that, but I quickly got used to it and now feel very confident and comfortable using them. Maybe the issue is with the bike? Get them (or a different set) you will like them. One word of advice, I adjusted mine so the are not really that low. Since these are for a commute there is not disadvantage to having them higher than recommended for optimal performance, and I think they are a little more comfortable in a slightly (about an inch) higher position that recommended by most of the web sites I read on how to position them. I also set them fairly wide apart so my elbows are not tucked in too tight. I think this probably adds to comfort and maybe stability due to the wider base it gives. Anyway, that is my two cents. I'd give them 5 stars if they were easier to adjust as noted above.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
Good purchase, I don't regret it at all. I bought these handlebars for my road bike because the standard U-shaped handlebars that come with them get pretty uncomfortable on the back and riding posture after a couple of miles. So I bought these bad boys so that I could lean forward some more and utilize a more "natural" feeling grip while riding. They definitely work as advertised and are very comfortable. I looked at a whole bunch of this type of handlebar and they can get pretty expensive. I felt these were relatively inexpensive and they are built solid so no complaints in the quality control department from me. This product also comes with little insert discs just in case your handlebars are not big enough you just insert the disc in between your handlebar rail and your new bars and it fits just fine. All in all, go for it! Buy it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2011
This aero bar is the bar that the majority of athletes have, and most of them pay well over what you pay here. All of the retailers are selling it for 40 to 50 bucks more than this and it is the exact same product. I installed this on my road bike to make it a triathlon bike. I have done 5 triathlons this year using it including a half iron, and full iron man.

It is fairly easy to install, and you can customize it to fit your exact position. The nice part is you can take it off anytime you want.

You need an aero bar, without it you take on too much drag and use too more energy to travel the same distance, this is the best one there is on the market

TIP......buy some handle bar grip it, its better than using it without
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
I always ride by myself and I tend to get pretty competitive (who better to compete with right?) so I thought some clip-ons would be fun to help push myself harder, or at the very least offer another riding position for longer rides. I found these on craigslist, the carbon version, for only $70 so they were absolutely worth the money. I might wait for the price to come down a bit (from the $120) buying them on amazon.

These bars are fun and functional, but as a recreational rider. Several other reviews comment on the inconvenience of adjusting the bars and I'd have to agree with them. Removing the elbow pads/frame to adjust the bar and then put everything back, only to realize it's not quite right and try again gets frustrating. It wouldn't be a big issue, though, if you only have to set them up at installation and then ride on. I struggled for a while at maintaining the proper position due to slipping/rotating but since I don't race I just let the pads rest as they were. It's still comfortable and effective, they just aren't as I originally positioned them. If you are a serious trial rider or would like to become one, I would suggest staying away from these bars, others might secure better. If you are an enthusiast, these bars will be worth the money. I enjoy them very much. One last note, if weight is an issue to you, these aren't a real big deal at 500 grams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2011
I put these on my new trek hybrid and they are great! Light weight very strong and have improved my over all speed average considerably. Only took 5 minutes to install. I have ridden 200 miles so far and no problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2010
The aero bars are awesome. They are comfortable and I like the S-shape, which I wasn't too sure if I would or not. I race sprint and olympic triathlons and duathlons. The aero bars improved my speed by over 1 mph (22 mph). Big band for the buck, and of course they arrived here ahead of schedule.
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