Author Topic: Selcof KP58 Clip On Aero Bars ('sticky-up J-bend style') - £25 from Planet X  (Read 1522 times)

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBSELKP58/selcof-kp58-clip-on-aero-bar---alloy



I got these ahead of a tour of the Netherlands and Germany on the advice of another YACFer, for tackling headwinds. They do an admirable job of that, but are also supremely comfortable for just any riding on the flat and you can see why the likes of Sean Conway have used tri bars on their ultra endurance record settings. But these ones are just £25! Is there a catch?

After just under a thousand kilometres using them, in my opinion, no, there's really not. These are the "sticky up" J-bend style of clip on bars which I find more comfortable. They're easily adjusted in terms of angle (using two allen key screws), and the rest pads have 3 possible positions and can be turned clockwise/anticlockwise for personal comfort. It took me about two rides to find the exact right position for me, and I've been comfortable as it gets ever since.

This package includes everything necessary to fix the bars to your handlebars. No further purchases necessary.

The bars come without tape by default. I've not bothered to put any on, and they seem perfectly fine.

From what I can work out the next best value J bend aero bars are well over double the cost! http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deda-parabolica-uno-alloy-35mm-clip-on-aerobars/ http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/deda-elementi-parabolica-alloy-clip-on-aerobars/rp-prod84203

If you're looking for aero efficiency for a great price then aside from buying used this has to be the best VFM option by a million miles.

It looks like they're now out of stock (lucky me!) but well worth snapping up a set when Planet X get them back in. They're also available in flatter s-bend shape https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBSELKP56/selcof-kp56-clip-on-aero-bar---alloy
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Hmm. I've been looking for a cheap pair of these.

But I'm not sure if I'd get use out of them, or if I just want to get use of them.

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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
If you do any audaxing or touring then they're brilliant. They easily add >5 kmh or more to your average speed without any added effort, and are actually more comfortable because they take the weight off your hands.

If they weren't banned by the UCI every single bike would have them by default.

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quixoticgeek

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How is the "cushion" attached to the arm rests?

J
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter

How is the "cushion" attached to the arm rests?

J

Very good. No complaints so far - it fixes to the rests with strong velcro so can be easily cleaned or replaced. The cushioning is (I'd estimate) 15mm thick which is more than enough for me.
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jiberjaber

  • ... Fancy Pants \o/ ...
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I started with these bars.  If you don't know anyone who has a pair of aerobars to borrow then these are a great alternative, cheap and effective.   :thumbsup:

I replaced mine with some profile design bars for more adjustment (height, pad position and angle etc)
Regards,

Jason


If they weren't banned by the UCI every single bike would have them by default.

UCI only pertains to top level/professional cycling (happy to be corrected). They can't ban those bars from every single bike.


If they weren't banned by the UCI every single bike would have them by default.

UCI only pertains to top level/professional cycling (happy to be corrected). They can't ban those bars from every single bike.
I think he was trying to suggest that if people saw the pros using them, then everyone would have them.


Interestingly, I had completely forgotten about this post and recently bought a £17 pair from Amazon. I must say they are very comfortable, though I'm still getting used to steering.

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