A’ME Heated Road Underwrap Readying For Production

Initially revealed last year at Interbike, A’ME’s heated road underwrap is finally ready for prime time. Due to the fact that Bob and the A’ME crew were still putting the finishing touches on the heated road tape, the inner workings couldn’t be shown. Until now. Tired of cold hands for your winter training rides? Get the details of A’ME’s heated road tape after the break.

At the heart of the heated road system is the heated strip that is wrapped around the bar beneath the tape itself. While the strip isn’t long enough to cover the whole bar, you can choose where you want to wrap it to a degree.When installed properly, the A’ME heated underwrap will cover roughly 5 inches of your bar, presumably in the place you most like to ride. This means you basically have the choice of heating the tops, hood area, or drops of the bar.

Keep in mind that the A’ME heated road system doesn’t replace your favorite bar tape, you simply wrap the bar with the heating element and then wrap over it with the tape. Each kit includes two wraps which are ½” wide x .100 thick and 27” long.

 

Unlike the heated mountain bike grips that house the control switch in the grip itself, the road kit uses two inline remotes to control the temperature. Like the MTB grips, the road underwraps have the same 6 level Blu-Pulse heat settings which range from 95 to 130 degrees F. Each press of the button raises the temperature one setting, and simply hold the button for 3 seconds to turn the system off.

The heated road underwraps operate on the same Lithion-Polymer batter that the mountain bike system uses, so if you already have the heated mountain bike grips you can add just the heated wraps for $60. Buying the complete system will set you back somewhere around $350. Expected duration for heat is somewhere between 1.5-3 hours depending on usage, and bar set up. While the price will no doubt keep heated underwraps out of reach for quite a few cyclists, if they work anywhere near as well as the heated mountain bike grips, equipped road riders are in for a treat.

Comments

uglyyeti - 10/17/11 - 7:11am

Heated saddle up next? Love the heated seats in my car.

kuan - 10/17/11 - 7:49am

Huh? If it gets wet it will freeze up. In the snow it’ll freeze up.

nplus1bikes - 10/17/11 - 8:02am

Heated under wraps don’t make sense to me given well insulated and/or heated gloves would be far more effective both on and off the bike, especially in cold windy conditions.

Shredder - 10/17/11 - 8:51am

That’s a damn good idea Jakeman. I’ll bet you could get a set of these elements and take a saddle to an upholsterer and get them to install under the cover. Too bad AME thinks their systems are made of solid gold….

mike - 10/17/11 - 9:06am

would love having these things wrapped around my insoles when the mercury dives.

ernesto - 10/17/11 - 10:31am

I stopped at the booth at the show – even under bar wrap, they were amazingly warm. the grip version were really toasty too – much warmer then i would of ever expected.

the big flaw i see in it is the battery design. i did not talk to them about it, and i don’t know if the batteries they had on it were non-production versions or not, but the battery was about a quarter inch thick and roughly about the size of 4inch by 4inch. that battery design is just nothing but a pain to mount to anything and it overall looked like it was not well thought out in general – they had it mounted to the side of a frame and it was so huge that it stook out over an inch over the top and down tube (they had it strapped near the headtube).

for something retailing at $350, they need to redesign the battery.

Gerald - 10/17/11 - 4:15pm

Dumb Question: Will the system be approved for use with carbon bars?

ZachOverholt - 10/17/11 - 7:51pm

Gerald, A’ME actually recommends the use of a carbon bar due to carbon’s insulative properties. Aluminum bars act as a heat sink and therefore draw heat away from the wraps causing the system to work harder and draining the battery faster.

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