Raising TT Bars - Modern trend?

grellboy

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Watching the Tirreno Adriatico TT the other day I was struck by the position of the TT Bars. Every rider seemed to have several spacers underneath the bars to raise them several inches. In the not too distant past, bars being used without these spacers seemed more common, the idea being lower equals more aero. Whilst comfort is a factor, that Tirreno TT was only 12 minutes long. So why not so low these days? Included below for reference and comparison is T-A winner Victor Campenaerts and Fabian Cancelled a from 2014.
 

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Heltor Chasca

Out-Riding the Black Dog
Trainer Road has a couple of podcasts where they set their bikes, their clothes/helmets and their positions up in a tunnel and research aero gains. It was fascinating. One thing they work on, is not just the best aero position in a static position, but how powerful they are in totality when actually riding.

Being absolutely aero isn’t always that powerful. It’s all about who gets over the line quickest.
 
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