Speeco launch super-reach aero handlebar

Surprisingly, it doesn’t actually break any UCI rules—for now, at least

Dutch aero fabricator, Speeco, has released a unique looking handlebar called the ABB (Aero Breakaway Bar) which promises new levels of aerodynamic efficiency. (opens in new tab)

It was designed to make the popular “aero-hoods (opens in new tab)” position – where the forearm is held parallel to the floor with the elbow bent at 90 degrees – more bearable for long periods of time.

The long extensions provide a rest for the forearms – similar to a set of tri-bars – with the result that less stress is put on the wrists and core muscles when holding the position.

Speeco ABB aero handlebar

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This set up is widely held to be one of the most aerodynamic, as less surface area is exposed to the wind when the forearms are in line with the wrists.

Although the reach of the handlebars may be unusually long, Speeco has reduced the length of the stem to 70mm, so the location of the hoods is in largely the same place as on a traditional set of bars.

Although the effective reach figures might not be too far from usual, the width at the hoods measures a tiny 32cm. The drops are, however, quite flared (opens in new tab) so as to provide more stable handling and to mitigate issues with hitting your forearms against the underside of the drops – but even then, they are still only 37cm wide.

Aero handlebar

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As you would expect from a bar that is so optimised for aero, custom mounts are produced for keeping your bike computer flush.

As a custom bar, the price is expectedly high, costing €1,500 and being available to pre-order with a €500 deposit. Given that the UCI typically takes a dim view of handlebar innovations, banning Graham Obree’s ‘superman (opens in new tab)’ position just a month after Chris Boardman used it to set the hour record in 1996, you might want to let the dust settle before stumping up the cash.

Aero handlebars

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Designed in collaboration with Jan-Willem van Schip, who made flared bars famous on the road, these arguablymark an improvement over his previous setup.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg