The elbow pad wedge is designed to increase support for the elbow and forearm when the high-hands time trial position is used. The wedge solution provides 15 degrees of tilt for the elbow pad cup, matching the angle of the forearm when 100 mm of height gain (from elbow pad to the extremity of the extension) is fully utilised.
For anyone aiming to achieve a high-quality time trial position, stability of the torso and the ability to relax into position are an absolute must. These positional qualities are the foundation for being able to execute the aero techniques (shoulder shrug and head tuck) that are vital to maximising aerodynamically efficiency.
The design of the wedge solution draws on our experience gained from both lab and field-based position optimisation services. Kinematic analysis of optimised time trial positions has shown a consistent forearm inclination angle of 15 degrees, when the hands are placed in the high position. Validated in the velodrome using the Alphamantis Technologies Track Aero System, the high-hands position has been shown to improve aerodynamic efficiency.
Be it for comfort or performance outcomes, the high-hands position is favoured by most triathlon and time trial athletes aiming to optimise their position. The wedge solution improves the position consistency through maximising pad contact with the elbow and forearm, making it easier for athletes to achieve aero gains and be comfortable at the same time.
Tilt angle - 15 degrees
Bolt spacing (cup-wedge) - 25 mm
Bolt spacing (wedge-bar) - Variable via rear slotted mount, 25-30 mm for cross compatibility
Material – CNC machined aluminum
Finish - Black anodised
Hardware – M5 stainless steel (button head and countersunk)
Pad compatibility - 51 Speedshop, 3T Vola
Bar compatibility – Factor (Slick), Giant (Trinity 2010-current), 3T (Vola), Cervelo (P5), Specialized (Shiv TT)
Please note; The Adaptive HP elbow pad wedges are designed to work with the 51 Speedshop elbow pads. These use the standard 25 mm bolt spacing. Giant elbow pads are NOT compatible with the Adaptive HP wedge solution.
Why have we gone down the path of making our own product? Simply put, every other option on the market comes with its own set of drawbacks and each time we explored these options, we were left wanting more. The wedge is only one component of the elbow/forearm contact point. The other consideration is the design of the elbow cup and pad.
While other some other wedge designs rely on the use of a matching carbon fibre cradle, our wedges allow for the use of any cup that uses the 25 mm mounting standard. This includes the highly anticipated 51 Speedshop cups, as well as those from 3T. This reduces the overall cost of upgrading the cockpit, increases the pad placement options and makes the process of refining pad position a lot more time effective (no drilling required).
Our wedge solution offers compatibility with a number of basebar/bike options. The Giant Trinity, the Specialized Shiv (TT), the Factor Slick and the 3T options (including Cervelo P5) on the market. The wedge will fit a bolt spacing of 25-30 mm, with a fore-aft mounting configuration and M5 mounting hardware.