Überhund Designs brings new technology to aero bars…
Überhund is a new company with fresh ideas aiming to start new trends in the cycling industry. With roots in the automotive composites and aerodynamics fields, product development manager Bert Hull is bringing proven technology and manufacturing processes to the cycling industry. Marketing Director Peter Knoop expects that the established component companies will soon be adopting the aerodynamic and ergonomic features of their new Blitz Aerobar and hopes that their environmental policies will soon be commonplace among component manufacturers.
Hull first began experimenting with boundary layer control surface treatments in 2002 and developed a series of aero forks for Alpha Q that generated 4% less drag than smooth forks of the same shape. Ridley bikes later adopted this technology (renamed R-surface) for aero frames with similar drag reduction claims. “Application to a time trial bar was the next evolution of this technology, and we have other products in the works using this and other new-to-cycling tricks already used in other industries” claims Hull. The Blitz aerobar features boundary layer control strips at the top and bottom of each wing just forward of the thickest cross section of the 3-1 ratio (UCI Legal) NACA airfoil cross section to help the air flow smoothly over the bar. The contrast in texture on the gloss black carbon body makes a subtle pin stripe which is visually appealing and helps highlight the organic sweeping shape of the wings.
As you would expect from a full carbon bar at this level, all cable routing is internal. Installation of Cables and housing is quite simple as shift and brake housing is fed into artfully tapered entry groves and is internally guided to the exit holes at the rear of the bar. The Extensions feature a second set of cable exit holes just forward of the bar clamp to accommodate smaller frames with downtube mounted shift cable stops. Grips are compatible with center-of-clamp cable routing and under-grip routing.
With a width of 40cm and drop of 4 cm the riding position is familiar and comfortable. The grips have a generous length, enough for larger hands, and a unique bulged tri-lobal shape that provides 36% more surface area than a standard 22 mm round grip. We found this shape surprisingly comfortable and stable. Aided by the surface texture it gives sufficient grip to make bar wrap unnecessary.
Arm rests are positioned just millimeters above the bar clamp to make possible an aggressively low riding position for flexible young racers who can handle it. Height adjustment is set by raising or lowering the stem rather than the pads in order to maintain the proper relative position of the pad to the extensions. Arm Pad width adjustment is handled by two bolts hidden cleverly in the molded carbon pad cups allowing 90mm of width adjustment in four positions. To keep weight minimal (less than one Lb for the Xl length), the Blitz aerobar has no length adjustment, which adds clamps, complication, cost and bulk. Instead the Blitz aerobar is offered with s-bend extensions in four sizes from 255mm to 315mm in 20mm increments and with straight extensions in 270mm and 310mm lengths with trim guides which allow the user to customize the length as much as 50mm shorter. Custom length S bend extensions (200mm – 350mm) will be available later this year by special order with a lead time of 1-week for an up-charge of only $25.
Protecting the environment with eco-friendly manufacturing, materials, and distribution is important to the owners of Überhund. Operations V.P. John McLauchlin makes environmental policy a priority. “We use a variety of strategies to make sure that our products have a minimal environmental impact. We are one of, if not the first, component manufacturers to use low V.O.C. paints exclusively. We try to use minimal but packaging using sustainable materials, and use the most efficient shipping possible for fuel efficiency, which incidentally is usually the cheapest, if slowest, method to get our products from our factory to our distributors and OEM’s.”
“With a variety of unique features, and cutting edge technological innovations, the Überhund Blitz is taking aim at the established bar companies with an ambition to be the new leader of the pack.” Knoop says, with confidence and enthusiasm.
Uberhund Blitz aerobars are compatible with all standard aeroshifters from brands such as Sram, Shimano and Campagnolo and standard aero brake levers which attach to the inside of the grip’s tip (over 95% of aftermarket brake levers attach this way). Overclamp brake levers such as Vision and 3t will not work without modification.