02 Aug 3T Aeronova Ltd Aero Handlebar Performance Review
3T has an excellent reputation for producing quality carbon bars and the 3T Aeronova LTD Aero Handlebar is no exception.
Building on the success of their popular Ergonovas, the Aeronovas, as the name suggests, go fully aero to save as much power as possible. The tops are a flattened elliptical shape, the reach is long, and the drop is small.
They come in Team and Ltd versions, the Ltd being lighter, and you guessed it, more expensive! The Stealth model is the same as the Ltd, just you pay extra for blacked out graphics…..hmmmm.
At only 196g for the 40cm model, these are very light, lighter than most standard bars, and top of tree in aero land. But there’s no stiffness penalty as these can handle hard sprints in the drops or the hoods.
The flat tops are surprisingly comfortable to hold when climbing, but you will of course be spending most of your time with your hands more forward. The reach is a good bit more than on ‘normal’ bars; 104mm. So be aware that you will be a bit more stretched out on the hoods, although in the drops this is less noticeable and the flats are of course in the same place as other bars. Here at Cyclespeed we quite like the extra stretch in the hoods as it gives you more choice of hand position, and we dropped the idea of going for a 10 or 20mm shorter stem.
Another nice thing about this bar is that there is plenty of room at the clamping area to mount Garmins or lights; some other bars do not have this and any aero benefits may be lost by having to stick your Garmin on top of your stem.
3T Aeronova LTD Aero Handlebar Aero Savings
Most studies for this type of bar show about a 5W saving at 40km/h. There is unlikely to be more than a 1W between different models such as the Zipp SL70 or the ENVE SES (which is unconvincingly expensive). 5W is nice to have and if there is no weight, stiffness or comfort penalty then why not?
This bar is very well made; smooth, slick carbon with nice graphics, and packaged like an Iphone! Cables pass internally which contributes to the aero savings, but getting the cables through can be tricky, especially if you try to use thicker or stiffer brake outers than Shimano. The best way is to pass an old brake cable inner through the plastic guide provided. Then remove the guide. The thread your outer onto the inner and push through – the inner will guide it.
So, all in all, an excellent bar. Light, stiff, aero and competitively priced.