Cameron Meyer of Team Garmin-Transitions will be using a new handlebar from 3T for the track world championships in Australia.
The new product is called the Sphinx. It has a flat aero, top section that rises before curving downwards. Thin aero profiles are found in between the end of the hooks and the bends of this UCI-friendly bar.
The handlebar was named the Sphinx for the flat forearm position of points of racers. 3T developed this item with Meyer.
Richard McAinsh, a technical director of 3T, explains how they worked with Meyer on the conception of the handlebar. “We know Cameron through Team Garmin-Transitions. He came to us and explained how he rides the points race, alternating between level high speed and all-out sprinting. We saw the chance to use a new UCI-compliant aerofoil we were developing.”
A rider can somehow copy a road position with the raised bends. The wrists are positioned on the tops and the hands are placed on the lever hoods. Although the design of flat tops is not unique, the aero sections on the drops are made especially for track racing.
McAinsh further describes the Sphinx. “The main driver of the design was to get the aerofoil section inside the UCI’s 3:1 gauge.” The Sphinx will be made available in the market this year.