3T Brezza LTD Aerobar Review
Roadcycling.com reviews the Brezza LTD time trial aerobars from The New 3T.
installed through the internal routing port on the shift end of the extensions and run completely through the entire length of the extension and out the back through the bar plugs at the end. Simple! Furthermore the shifters are easily inserted into the other end of the extensions and internally clamped just like any other aero bar system. When you run cables make sure you get the cable started in the housing before putting the housing into the shifters.
Unfortunately, the brake lever and housing isn’t so easy (unless you purchase the optional 3T levers). The cables are easily hidden from the wind with the internal cable routing that delivers the housings and cables out cleanly next to the stem. 3T did not include cable port holes for the housings to exit from. This makes externally routed reverse pull brake levers such as those made by Tektro, Cane Creek, and Profile Design a little difficult to mount. If you are not an experienced mechanic this poses a problem - and sometimes the cost of having to buy new brake levers. If you are an experienced mechanic, drilling out a hole in order to get a cable through is the simple but not the easiest answer (Warning: Make sure that you know what you are doing or have an experienced mechanic do the drilling. Roadcycling.com does not recommend drilling holes in aero bars. We recommend using original 3T levers instead). After a hole is drilled or an internally routed brake lever is installed the bar is extremely clean looking.
3T designed the Brezza aero bar system to be extremely aerodynamic in a wide range of angles so that the bar would be extremely adjustable and to accommodate different wind angles. By using the 3T Intelligent Production Lifecycle, 3T is able to create an aerodynamic as well as a strong and functional aerobar system with all of their aerobars. All of the 3T aerobars were also tested and developed in the San Diego Air & Space Technology Center Wind Tunnel. Thank you, technology development.
The Ride and Verdict
After several rides and time trials, the 3T Brezza Ltd proved to be a competent and strong performer. Right out of the blocks the brake extensions and base bar make a great platform for standing and sprinting, and for seated climbs. The base bar proves to be stiff and stable when high torque forces are applied and needed. Thanks to the textured 31.8 mm clamping surface the bar stays put and doesn’t rotate up or down unwanted. As well as being a stable platform when out of the aero position, the extensions and the arm rest setup is both comfortable and extremely performance orientated. The s-bend extensions are a perfect match to the base bar. They are comfortable as well as extremely easy to get perfectly ride-tuned for speed. Furthermore, the arm rests and pads are at a perfect height compared to the base bar and the aero s-bend extensions, thereby ensuring a very comfortable ride where the rider feels completely in control of the bicycle.