Bontrager’s GR Elite alloy gravel bar hopes to tame hand fatigue with buillt-in Iso Zone.

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Not all drop bars excel in every riding style — most would have a different setup for a crit race and a gravel ride. Bontrager feels the same but takes a less exaggerated approach than most to the subject.

Bontrager Gravel Elite Handlebar. 3:4 view

What is it — Bontrager GR Elite Gravel Bar

Bontrager’s new GR Elite gravel bar (GR standing for gravel no doubt) includes all the major features of a successful gravel bar; short reach, flared but not insane, additional padding that doesn’t look like campfire marshmallows, and it keeps shifters in a semi-neutral position.

Bontrager Gravel Elite Handlebar. flare detail

The GR Elite features Bontrager’s new Adventure Fit geometry that provides easy access to controls from any hand position. The GR Elite is the most flared bar from Bontrager to date, offering a 13-degree flare a 128mm drop, and a 75mm reach —  aiming to keep the bar nimble in the challenging sectors and comfortable on the long hauls.

Bontrager Gravel Elite Handlebar. reach and drop detail

Lately, the new spin on gravel bars seems to be keeping the hand positions as close to neutral as possible while giving the rider enough flare to feel comfortable. The Bontrager GR Elite looks to split the difference allowing for the rider to keep a reasonably neutral setup while taking advantage of the flare for comfort and lower back ease.

Bontrager Gravel Elite Handlebar. IsoZone padding detail

Bontrager’s new GR Elite bars feature replaceable IsoZone EVA pads for those looking for another layer of comfort to help reduce road and gravel vibrations. Though alloy bars do not offer all the vibration qualities of carbon, the cost, weight, and stiffness are enough to roll the dice for this as your next gravel bar.

Bontrager Gravel Elite Handlebar. Di2 routing

If you’re running Shimano GRX or any Di2 components, you’ll be stoked to know Bontrager’s GR Elite bars have fully integrated internal wire routing and are primed for Shimano Junction-A (bar end style) routing.

Bontrager Gravel Elite Handlebar logo

Bontrager GR Elite Specs:

  • 13-degree flare allows for more control in the drops
  • Replaceable IsoZone EVA pads while maintaining the original grip diameter
  • Compatible with Shimano EW-RS910 bar end Junction-A for cleaner Di2 routing
  • Laser-etched brake lever position lines for spot-on control setup
  • Compatible with clip-on aero bars
  • Price: $99
  • Available Sizes: 38cm, 40cm, 42cm, and 44cm.

Bontrager Gravel Elite Handlebar weight and sizing specs

The Bontrager GR Elites are available now from Trek dealers and Bontrager’s global network of retail partners. 

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