ENVE Introduces the SES AR Handlebar, Purpose Built for the Modern Road (and Gravel) Rider

enve sas ar handlebar review

ENVE is pleased to introduce the all-new, SES AR Road Handlebar. In ENVE nomenclature, products designated “SES (Smart ENVE System)” are aerodynamically optimized in the wind tunnel and CFD to be “real-world fast.” “AR” means “all-road” and designates products that define the modern road rider and their preferences.

enve sas ar handlebar review

The SES AR Road Handlebar features aerodynamic shaping that also aids in damping and compliance. While comfort is an important metric for riders spending long days in the saddle, it does not come at the sacrifice of power transmission and response for the performance-minded racer.

enve sas ar handlebar review

To further the bar’s aerodynamic performance, as well as meet the aesthetic requirements of the modern road bike, the SES AR Road Handlebar features internal and external routing options to ensure maximum versatility and compatibility with the numerous internally routed systems on the market.

enve sas ar handlebar review

In terms of geometry, the SES AR Road Handlebar features a compact geometry with a reach measurement of 76mm and a drop dimension of 127mm. Given the modern road rider’s requirement for a variety of sound hand positions, the SES AR features a flat top that transitions to a tight bend to the hood position. In the drops, riders will find two well-defined hand positions and easy access to the controls.

enve sas ar handlebar review

Like ENVE’s SES Aero Road Handlebar and their G Series Gravel Handlebar, the SES AR features a compound-flared drop that falls in between the minimal flare of the SES Aero and the aggressive flare of the G Series handlebar. Flared drops allow the rider to widen their base and achieve greater confidence and control while descending and navigating more technical terrain.

enve sas ar handlebar review

“Road riding has evolved. In 2016 we saw the writing on the wall during the development of our introductory SES ARwheelproduct, the SES 4.5AR. Since that time, road frames have evolved to include clearance for high-volume tires, and tire manufacturers have invested heavily in high-volume tubeless road tires that leave the tires of yesteryear, quite literally in the dust.

enve sas ar handlebar review

With frames, wheels, and tires growing more capable, so too has our appetite to explore the long road, the rough road, and dirt roads. With this evolution, it is only natural that our primary point of contact on the bike evolves as well. The SES AR Road Handlebar is ENVE’s solution to a better road riding experience,” stated VP of Product, Jake Pantone.

enve sas ar handlebar review

“The compound flare is designed to maintain better hand position in the hoods while also improving the reach to the lever in the drops. The flared drops provide a more natural control position and more comfort. All of this is based on the principles already being used in the G Series Gravel bar. The top shape is intended to give you much of the aero benefits of the aero road bar while giving you a wide position with a tight bend which provides forearm support in a hood based aero position,” said Chief Engineer, Kevin Nelson.

enve sas ar handlebar review

SES AR Road Handlebar

Clamp Diameter (31.8mm), Reach (76mm), Drop (127mm), and Drop Flare (23.5mm) are universal across all sizes

Size Width Hoods Width Drops Weight
38 38cm 43cm 242gm
40 40cm 45cm 254gm
42 42cm 47cm 260gm
44 44cm 49cm 273gm
46 46cm 51cm 290gm

enve sas ar handlebar review

The SES AR Handlebar is available in five sizes and will retail for USD $375, £ 400, € 400, and AUD $590 respectively.

enve sas ar handlebar review

enve sas ar handlebar review

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