Specialized Hover Alloy 15mm rise plus flare handlebar review

The Hover bar might split opinion aesthetically - but it's got a lot going for it

Specialized hover alloy handlebars Editor's Choice
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

What use is a set of drop-bar handlebars where you can’t reach the drops comfortably? The Specialized Hover handlebars tackle practicality head-on, and if you can withstand the occasional tease from your piers, present a good value, forward thinking and comfortable approach to bike controls.

Reasons to buy
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    Very comfortable

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    Great value

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    Extended fit options

Reasons to avoid
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    Slightly odd looking

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Ever see a handlebar that splits opinion like a hover bar? The obscurely shaped riser style originally appeared on some of Specialized’s most aerodynamic platforms with the S-works Aerofly bar, it featured a foil shaped top section raised above the stem to provide their racers with top flight speed advantage with condor-esque silhouette. The unique shape seemingly trickled down from the professionals to a somewhat different audience however; landing at the feet of the gravel bike crowd.

Once fitted as stock to the now out of production Sequoia do it all bike, the subsequent Hover bar became the talking point for many - “why not just run a few more spacers?”, “it’s just ugly” and “whyyyyyy!” are just a few of the regular comments I’ve received over the two or so years I’ve used and abused these bars. Well fellow riders, this is why.

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