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Specialized Stop Sale on Carbon and Alloy Aerobars – Not Carbon Aerofly Handlebars…


March 2015

A concerned friend commented on one of my recent posts that Specialized has issued a stop sale order on their carbon and alloy aerobars…  She remembered that I recently upgraded my handlebar from the alloy Tarmac bar to the carbon Aerofly bar…  First, the fact that I met somebody over the Internet who has enough give-a-shit to warn me about something like this is simply amazing to me, thank you Sandra.  That said, if you have the SHIV’s aerobars (carbon or alloy), you’ve got an issue:

If, like me, you have the Aerofly handlebar, you’re all good:

By the way, yes that bar does look awesome on my bike.  Yes it does.  It’s also exceptionally comfortable and transfers less road chatter than an alloy handlebar.  Style points + greater comfort = awesome.  Bicycle mathematics.

In any event, the affected models are 2012-2015 and is due to a defective bolt that can snap while riding.  If you have the aerobars shown above on your Triathlon Bike (aftermarket or on the Tri bike – not the Time Trial bike), best take it to your local Specialized shop to get it looked at.  If you have the Aerofly drop bar on your road bike, ride on great one.

Actually, here’s the actual statement from Specialized as it was sent to me (because some bars are not included and it can be confusing).  Specialized is coming out with a new statement on March 2, 2015 so stay tuned.  If you want more, there’s a discussion on Slow Twitch here.


  1. bonnev659 says:

    thanks for posting this… I am surprise no S dealers close to me have put this out. a few of my friends might have models that is effected.. i will give them a heads up

  2. EpicGran says:

    How do you find that saddle… had a look at something similar but am keen to hear from someone who actually has one?

    • bgddyjim says:

      I absolutely love it! I have one for my race bike and one for my rain bike. I do, however, only buy top-of-the-line shorts, so that helps (I know you and your husband do too). It might be a little too minimalist for mountain biking though. I’ve thought about putting one on my mountain bike too but those unforeseen bumps make me nervous… There’s only a millimeter of padding there.

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