Record-breaking homemade time trial bars could go into production by 'big name in F1'

Obree-style innovation has attracted the attention of Motorsport Valley

Shubert bars

The custom carbon fibre tri-bars that Jonathan Shubert made in his garage to break the 100-mile straight-out record earlier this month could be on the market in 2021, manufactured by “one of the biggest names in F1,” according to the Arctic Aircon RT rider and former science teacher from Oxfordshire.

Shubert told Cycling Weekly: “Nothing has been agreed on paper yet, but we’ve been putting together business models with some big names in the motorsport industry and are now looking at distribution. There’s a lot of people who are very interested."

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.