The PRO Missile carbon bar is a bar that appears on a lot of professional rider’s bikes. The reason is pretty simple, that for a lot of riders it is an awesome piece of kit. And if it suits you and your position there is nary a better performing or better looking bar on the market.
The carbon version, however has a few limitations in adjustability and affordability so PRO released an alloy suite of Missile bars to suit almost any rider and more modest budgets.
PRO gave us the PRO Missile Alloy base bar and the Missile Alloy Tri Clip-on and the S-Bend bar to play with and give you the skinny.
PRO ALLOY TRI CLIP
The tri clip on is designed to be a clip on addition to road bars. They weigh in at 487 grams with all hardware and uncut. With the obvious caveat of ensuring your road bars are clip-on compatible these make a great addition to any bike that is looking to be used as a dual purpose workhorse.
The extremely comfy shape of the Tri Clip-On
The one thing I notice immediately about these bars is just how comfortable they are. The shape is reminiscent of the bars of old, and makes you realise just how right we had it back then. With hands gripping the front of the extensions the position of the hands is very similar to the hand position used by Sir Wiggo in his recent hour record outing. When bringing the hands back and grabbing the bars in the “grip it and rip it” position the outer portion of the curve gives something sturdy and ergonomic to garb on to. Their layout doesn’t really lend themselves to having mechanical shifters installed, Di2 could make these a really comfy option for someone looking to adapt a Di2 roadie into a TT rig.
The high density pads on both sets of extensions wers relly comfy an up with the best after market offerings and hould give plenty of life. One little quibble was that there were no end caps supplied with the bars, not a big deal but would be a nice touch.
PRO ALLOY MISSILE BASE BAR AND S-BEND EXTENSIONS
Before getting on board the PRO bars I was using a 3T base bar/ extension setup with carbon base bar and alloy s-bend extensions. Replacing the 3T setup with the PRO set gave a weight saving of 123 grams (865 grams 3T Pro Mistral with risers v’s 742 grams PRO Alloy base bar and S-bend clip on) something not usually associated with changing from carbon to alloy. The PRO base bar has an aerodynamic profile on the top section it is still within the UCI’s 3:1 ratio if you are contemplating racing In sanctioned events.
The sleek profile of the PRO Missile, except for the cables!
The separate base bar and extensions give an enormous amount of flexibility. The extensions can be moved fore and aft independent of the arm rests. The arm pad plates have a matrix of 12 holes which coupled with the additional four on the mounting bracket give a multitude of mounting variations to suit almost any setup. Having the extensions independent of the base bar also allows the option to angle the extensions upwards if that is your want, without having the base bar rotate upwards as well.
Plenty of holes for adjustment of the armrests.
As for using alloy instead of carbon in the base bar it really is a non-issue as you shouldn’t be spending too much time on the base bar, and if you are gripping them to climb a hill then the stiffness of alloy is not unwelcome. The only downside I could find of having the base bar in alloy was the subtle rattle of the cables routed inside the base bar although I’m sure with a bit of time and some careful finagling I’m sure I could have sorted this.
Clear torque settings and installation instructions make for a trouble free install.
The adjustability of the PRO Alloy system allowed me to replicate my current setup with ease and also made the adjustments that came with my 3D Bike Fit a simple affair especially with Di2 shifters being able to be unplugged easily.
Now that we are talking shifters, I come to the one issue I had with the PRO Missile Alloy setup. While they went to great lengths to give a multitude of holes to adjust the arm rests there are no holes in the extensions for cable routing. This means all cables have to be routed externally of the bars, not something I’m used to and not something that looks real neat or “Pro” and with a Di2 setup having shift cables running in the base bar the exit holes for the now 2 cables is a bit snug, and I fear the Di2 cable would be the victim in a fight for space.
A snug fit with the brake and Di2 shift cable trying to exit the one hole.
Having said that if I was keeping these bars long term I would just spend 5 mins with a drill and fix the problems, not that I recommend or endorse anyone else taking to their bars with power tools.
With most mid range bars having alloy extensions anyway, there really is no drawback in having the alloy Missile combo. The base bar is stiff and comfortable and the setup may actually be lighetr than the more expensive carbon options.
Pros: very adjustable, light, well priced
Cons: extensions not drilled for cables, no end caps supplied.
Base Bar: $120.00 RRP ; 255 grams
Extensions: $229.00 RRP ; 487 grams both S bend and Tri bend (ski bend also available, not tested)