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Enve launches high-end SES aero bar kit

  • By Logan VonBokel
  • Published Jun. 18, 2013

PARK CITY, Utah (VN) — Utah-based Enve Composites announced on Tuesday that it will be adding a time trial bar system to its component range. Similar to its SES wheel line, the new bar is the product of a collaboration with aerodynamicist Simon Smart.

The SES TT Bar will be available late this summer, coming in at an estimated $1,300 for the full kit.

Part of what sets the SES TT Bar apart from other offerings is that the included carbon extensions can be left at the J-bend, or trimmed to an S-bend, or a straight extension. Buyers don’t have to purchase additional extensions to achieve the proper fit. Each bend’s cut point is marked on the extension and length markings are etched at the rear of the extension for those wishing to shorten up the reach to the shifter.

The SES TT Bar’s pricing is in line with the Zipp Vuka Stealth system, though Vuka Stealth buyers have to purchase aero extensions on top of the $1,070 stem and base bar combo.

“The aim of our TT bar was to fulfill a laundry list of rider needs, aerodynamics and adjustability being the two of most importance,” said Enve design engineer Kevin Nelson. “The market has a lot of aerodynamic or adjustable bars, but few that are both.”

To that point, the SES TT Bar has its airfoil shape shifted a bit further forward, which results in a more robust look in line with the brake hoods, which are coated in an anti-slip material. The airfoil shape is reminiscent of the blunt nose on Enve’s SES wheels.

The Smart Bar system will include a range of armrest spacers so that riders can reach the proper saddle-to-pad drop. The extensions can be mounted on the top or bottom of the base bar, as well as inside or outside of the arm rests. Additionally, the base bar itself is completely symmetrical on the top and bottom so it can be mounted with the hoods sloping upward or downward from the stem clamp.

Besides its hefty price tag, the other downfall of the SES TT Bar is that is available in only one width, 38cm center-to-center. The amount of adjustability in pad width and extension options could still make the SES TT Bar attractive to those of us with broad shoulders. For riders willing to spend the money on a set of Enve Smart or other high-end wheels, the SES TT Bar will likely become a staple, even with a high price tag.

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Logan VonBokel

Logan VonBokel

Equally at home on a mountain bike above treeline and chasing down moves in the heat and humidity of a Midwest criterium, Logan Vonbokel is something of an oddity in cycling. Since he first swung a leg over a road bike as a freshman in high school, Logan has been a lover of both cutting-edge technological innovations and the clean lines of classic handmade bikes. Logan joined the tech team in May 2012, bringing with him nearly a decade of high-caliber road racing experience and his undying love for the mud, cowbells, and culture of cyclocross. Logan still races at the Cat. 2 level on the road and in cyclocross, and carries a seldom-used Cat. 1 mountain bike license.

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