3T Brezza LTD Aerobar Review
Roadcycling.com reviews the Brezza LTD time trial aerobars from The New 3T.
We review the Brezza LTD time trial aerobars from The New 3T.
Manufacturer: The New 3T
Price: US$500 (Team edition) - US$800 (LTD edition)
Weight: 510 g (LTD edition)
Width: 40 cm
Materials: Carbon Base Bar with Carbon Extensions and Arm Rests
Compatible: Non-integrated 31.8 clamp stems
Extensions available: s-bend (included), straight, ski-bend
The Brezza LTD Aerobar system by 3T can be described in three words: fast, light, and adjustable. The Brezza is extremely fast looking when you pull it out of the packaging. The sleek carbon base bar with internal shifter and brake routing, is extremely clean to the look at and also to the wind. The 3T Brezza Aerobars breath performance. Just like its big brother 3T Ventus and its UCI Legal cousin 3T Mistral, the Brezza is all performance and little fluff!
Set-up, Adjustment, and Technology
Unlike the Ventus, the Brezza does not come with integrated stem and brakes. However, with a textured 31.8 clamping surface the bar is going to be compatible with most 31.8 stems on the market, thus making the Brezza Aerobars appealing to the masses and extremely adjustable in ride angle. Once the base bar is connected to a stem of rider’s choice length and angle, the rest of the Brezza Aerobars are very easily put together with four (two each side) 4mm allen bolts that hold the extension and arm rest clamps on the aero base bar. The included s-bend aero extensions are easily installed by sliding them easily through the arm rest and extension clamps. (note: don’t forget to install the end plugs on the end of the extensions before installing them into the extension clamp!) Once the Aero extensions are inserted into the clamp they can be rotated 360 degrees and forwards and backwards to the set-up preference of the rider. If a person doesn’t like the s-bend extensions there are ski-bend and straight aero extensions available from 3T (or dealer) at an extra cost.
Once the bar, extensions, and arm rest brackets are in place there are four available positions for the carbon arm rest plates to be bolted on using two 3 mm allen bolts each. These four bolts also hold the extensions clamped in place, so make sure they are tight. The versatility of the arm rests makes for a virtually universal cockpit. Installation of the arm pads is a cinch due to the high strength Velcro. However, adjustment of the arm rests can be very difficult if the Velcro is not aligned properly. Once the Velcro is on properly the arm pads are securely in place until you peal them off leaving one side of the Velcro to put the pads back onto at a later time.
Shifters, brakes, cables and housings are fairly easy to install, so that you can go enjoy the bars. The shifters, shift cables and housings are extremely easy to route. I would definitely suggest making sure your cable housings are the correct length before installing them. Once you have the correct length of housing, they are simply