Fuego Aerobar Conversion

After riding the Quetzal with the aerobars, I started thinking about converting the Fuego from its original tiller bars. This is how it used to look:

Fuego with tiller, pre conversion
Parked outside Asda with some shopping for the dinner

The tiller works great and is amazingly adjustable, but I discovered that aero bars are much more suited to keeping the chest open and the upper torso muscles relaxed, as well as providing more sensitive steering inputs. They put your hands at a much more natural angle too. So I ordered a set of aero bars and a stem extender to give the space on the stem necessary for the aero bars to fit. It fits almost perfectly without any need to add stack washers.

However I had forgotten that the cables are routed through the tiller bar itself, so I had to dismantle the hydraulic brake lines to get the cables out the tiller. I have now connected them back up but will no doubt have a job to do to get them working properly again. They were needing bled anyway!

So far I’ve got the bars on, got them into roughly the right position and got the brake and gear units back on.

Fuego Aerobar conversion - bar view 1
A mess of cabling needing sorted out!

I still need to wire up the derailleurs again, and bleed both brake lines and get them working properly. Then I have to figure out how best to tidy away all the cables. I didn’t use any new cables – it looks like I might get away with the lengths of the existing ones. Here’s hoping!

Fuego Aerobar conversion - bar view 2
They do look rather nice, much more stealth than the tiller which always strikes me as looking a bit meh on any bike.

Lastly, I need some new bar grips, and a new mirror. The last one attached to the end of the tiller bars, but now I need one to go on the flat bar section at the top, so it’s a different attachment. I have 2 Zefal spy mirrors on the Cruzbike, I may do the same here. They are a little smaller and since the aero bars are further away, they may not be good enough. I will test tomorrow hopefully.

More to follow!

4 thoughts on “Fuego Aerobar Conversion

  1. I’ll be very interested to hear how this turns out… I’ve been thinking of doing this to my Fuego to try to improve low speed handling which I find a bit tricky at times with the tiller. Was there enough room on the fork steerer tube to fit the stem? Did you use the Nazca bars and stem or others?

    Regards

    Graham

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  2. Hi Graham,

    It’s looking good so far – the steerer tube wasn’t long enough but Nazca recommended this extender – http://www.wiggle.co.uk/bbb-bhp-22-steerer-tube-extender. Wiggle don’t have any left but I’m sure it could be found elsewhere, it’s not very expensive. With this extender the aero bars fit almost perfectly on the extender without any more stacking required.

    I used the Nazca bars and stem – I have them on the Quetzal and I like how they feel. So far I have the gears all working again and the cables all tidied up, but no brakes. The hoses were too long to neatly tidy away, so I’ve had to cut a few inches off them. So now I’m waiting on new inserts and olives arriving. I’m confined to the turbo until I get that sorted out, but there’s ice all over the roads again anyway 🙂

    Once it’s all finished and I’ve actually test ridden it on the road, I’ll post another article to let you know how it went.

    Cheers
    David

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  3. I wanted aerobars on my Fuego, and so with Dave’s advice [those steerer tube extenders really do work] a few weeks ago the change was made. It has totally transformed the riding experience, for the better I think!

    regards
    Roger

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    1. Hi Roger,

      Glad to hear it worked out well! Mine’s still a work in progress – I ran into a spot of bother with the rear hydraulic brake when I shortened the hoses, turns out it is a thicker cable and the olive / insert is a slightly different size from the standard Shimano stuff. Never thought to check that before I started… Anyway I ended up taking the bike into the Bicycle Works in Edinburgh to get it finished off – hopefully some time next week. The more I work on bikes, the more I like the hybrid cable actuated hydraulics, so much easier to work on and move around. I have TRP HY/RD brakes on the V20 and they were a breeze to install.

      I have tried the bike on the turbo trainer and I like the way it feels with the aero bars, much like the Quetzal but a bit more ‘chopper’ like due to the greater recline. I imagine if you have short arms you might struggle to reach the bars, particularly on the large frame which I have. Looks to be a perfect fit for me though.

      Cheers
      David

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