Never Decide between Road and Aero again, with Switch Aero System
Thanks to Redshift Sports, triathletes can have their cake and then ride it off in either the aero or road position. When it comes to bike set up, many triathletes who are limited to one bike are stuck between having a bike set up for tris or for group training rides. Many group rides don’t even allow bikes with aerobars, so what is a triathlete on a budget to do? Redshift may have the answer with their aerobar and seatpost system that is adjustable on the fly.
As far as Kickstarter projects go, this looks like it could be one of the better ones. Read on to find out why.
While you probably won’t remove your aerobars mid ride, the ability to adjust the seatpost by simply standing on the pedals and flicking it forward is intriguing. The adjustment seems like it would open the door to the possibility of creaks and developing play, but if it is engineered correctly it could be very useful. It seems the only thing holding the post in each position is an internal spring loaded stop which is what allows the post to be adjusted so easily.
Redshift specifies that the seatpost will fit standard 7mm rail saddles and frames from 27.2 to 31.6mm – but it isn’t clear if that is with an adapter shim all with a 27.2 post, or if there are actual seatpost sizes. Built with all the adjustability of a traditional seatpost, the post also has a clever additional adjustment that will allow you to tilt the saddle forward up to 5° while in the aero position. Made from 6061-T6 alloy, the seatpost is a claimed 60g heavier than a traditional post.
The big news here is the quick release ability for the aerobars. Anyone who has ever installed a set of clip-ons knows how potentially frustrating and lengthy the process can be – so for most consumers once they’re installed they are not coming off. Having the ability to quickly remove them while preserving your perfect set up for the time when you need them again would be awesome. The only part that stays clipped to the handlebar are the quick release clamps which fit 25.4, 26.0, and 31.8 bars. In addition to being quick release, the aero bars are also quite adjustable. The bars will be offered with either L-bend, S-bend, or straight extensions meaning you should have no problem dialing in your fit.
Redshift is also offering an integrated computer and water bottle cage mount to make going aero as easy as possible.
Pricing of the bars and post are very reasonable with both starting at $109 as long as there are a few early bird deals left. Even then, it only goes up to $125 each, with options for the whole system at a discount and more. After just two days, Redshift is more than halfway to their goal of $20,000 so this one is a safe bet for funding.