Integration invasion: Three bar/stem combos reviewed

Integration has become a hallmark of aerodynamic bicycle design — from brakes to Di2 ports to seatposts. As one of the major leading edges of a bicycle, integrated handlebar/stem units provide aerodynamic gains by eliminating cylinder shapes, which yield 10 times the drag of aero shapes of the same size. While the one-piece designs are less adjustable than individual components, they increase front-end stiffness for a more confident riding experience.

Each of the bars we tested has internal cable routing options, further cleaning up the front of the bike. And while aerodynamics are the defining concern here, ergonomics are vital, too. No point in using a fast bar if you don’t want to wrap your hands around it.

FSA Plasma Integrated Compact
42x12cm (as tested)
400 grams
4/5 stars

Giant Contact SLR Aero Road Integrated Handlebar
42x12cm (as tested)
380 grams/390 grams with adapter
3.5 stars

Ritchey WCS Carbon Solostreem Integrated Bar/Stem

42x12cm (as tested)
380 grams
3 stars

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