Oct 10, 2012 article & images by Nick Salazar

Those huge arm cups are an asset to Zipp's new bars, and have been ported from the Vuka Alumina to the New Carbon Vuka.
Those huge arm cups are an asset to Zipp's new bars, and have been ported from the Vuka Alumina to the New Carbon Vuka.

One of my favorite things about running TriRig is when I get the privilege of showing off brand new equipment that no one has seen before. Well, this is one of those times. You're looking at the brand new Zipp Vuka aerobar. It's still just a prototype, and nothing official about it has been released to the public. But when I saw this bar on Jordan Rapp's bike, I snapped up all the pictures I could. There are some pretty interesting features on this bar, and I can't wait to hear more about it when the thing gets released. Enjoy the gallery, and for more info, check out the article.

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  • The new Vuka has just a tiny bit of drop, not too excessive. I like this a lot. Its integrated stem also provides a very clean surface for the wind to glide over.
  • This adjustable stem length mechanism means the integrated stem won't be a liability for fit purposes.
  • Those huge arm cups are an asset to Zipp's new bars, and have been ported from the Vuka Alumina to the New Carbon Vuka.
  • The truncated rear sections look very much like kammtail shapes to me. This has aerodynamic benefits, but also allows the bar to stay nice and stiff without resorting to lots of extra material. This also means the cable ports can be nice and big without compromising the shape of the bar.
  • Cables are kept nice and tidy on the New Vuka.
  • There's even a little loop behind the cable port to help route the cable next to the bar, keeping things as hidden from the wind as possible.
  • From the top, you can see how the adjustable stem mechanism works. Potentially, you could stack several of those spacers together, increasing the stem length if necessary.
  • This shot really reveals the truncated shape of the base bar.
  • Not a lot to see from below - the New Vuka is sleek and looks FAST.
  • You can see that the hardware on this bar is almost identical to that on the new Vuka Alumina - that was the first tip that this was indeed a Zipp product. And the boys from Speedway admitted that indeed, this is a Vuka product.
  • It looks like Zipp has also created a product to make BTA installation very easy. This clips on to your extensions, has bosses for a bottle cage, and a spot in back for your computer.
  • BTA bottle, computer, and just a little bit of hardware. This is a nice easy solution for those who can't be bothered to zip tie things to their bike. Personally, I do like taking the time to get the zip ties right - it saves weight and keeps things simple. But there's nothing wrong with taking this kind of route too.

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