Specialized is a company known for their innovations at the highest levels of competition and performance cycling. However, the benefits of their top-tier bikes and components are not exclusive to only their most expensive products. Their Hover flared alloy handlebars are a prime example of this. While sharing many design characteristics with the S-Works carbon versions of the Hover handlebar series, this version is constructed with a 6061 aluminum alloy, allowing these bars to be offered at a price point considerably lower than it’s carbon cousins. This high-strength 6061 aluminum alloy is butted to provide reinforcement where needed while saving weight at the thinner walled sections, keeping the weights of these bars very respectable. To maximize comfort, close attention was paid in designing the fit of these bars. The shallow drop (103mm) and reach (70mm) provide easier access to your controls throughout all hand positions, as well as easier and faster transitions between hand positions. This works to eliminate exaggerated, over-extended positioning as well as awkward transitions, which means better control and more comfortable positioning. Being the “flare” version of the Hover series, these bars feature a 12 degree flare at the drops, giving these bars a wide stance to help navigate rougher terrain. To round out all of the shaping and fit characteristics, these bars feature a unique 15mm rise that helps to accommodate a wide fit range. Specialized has all the small details covered too; a handsome black sand blast ano finish provides a textured surface at all clamping zones that helps prevent slippage on even the roughest of terrain. Available in 38mm, 40mm, 42mm, and 44mm widths, the Alloy Hover Flare is a great budget-conscious handlebar choice for adventure road, gravel grinding, and cyclocross use. It also makes a great choice for any rider looking for a drop bar that offers a wide stance in the drops.
|Weight (38 cm)||302 grams|
|Weight (40 cm)||304 grams|
|Weight (42 cm)||309 grams|
|Weight (44 cm)||313 grams|
|Stem Clamp Diameter||31.8 mm|
|Outward bend/Flare||12 degrees|
|Internal routing compatible||No|