Its unique forward 'bend' supports the rider in the 'sphinx' wide-aero position pioneered by the great Spanish track champion Joan Llaneras. This innovative bar combines a new UCI-compliant aerofoil top section with lower handholds from the established and popular ERGOSUM. The 'wingtips' of the aerofoil meet the upper part of the round-section drops, which are slightly tilted up. This allows riders to hook their wrists inside the bend, palms facing outwards. The vertical section of the 'bend' flattens into a narrow aerofoil section, and then joins the bottoms which provide a conventional round-section handhold for the sprint. SPHINX provides optimized positions for points and Madison races that alternate between level high speed and all-out sprinting.
Sphinx Ltd is legal for UCI events but your stem length is critical to staying within the rules. You will likely need a shorter stem than you are used to. Refer to Article 1.3.022 of UCI technical regs, specifying that the handlebar be no more than 5 cm in front of the bicycle’s front axle.
The 3T Scatto Ltd Carbon Track Bars are a pure track sprinter's bar, redesigned to assist in superior power generation, the 2018 version is an upgrade to previous editions and further reinforced to stiffen the bar's feel in the most strenuous track manoeuvres.
It offers superb control and handling even in the most hectic races, used by the majority of Gold Medallists on the Velodrome in Sprint events.
Windtunnel tests show that the aerodynamic design produces way less drag than any standard round-section bar. This is achieved at no compromise to strength: Scatto is 50% stiffer than the reference bar formerly used by many of today's medal-winning track sprinters, as well as lighter.
Its unique, radical design also imparts a stunning visual signature.