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These are great bars, but they're not "all road", IMHO. These are by far the stiffest bar I've ridden, which has pros and cons. The pros of this bar are the shape, with really good hand positions and control. The control is fabulous, because of the shape and incredible stiffness. Cons are compliance, which Enve is not known for in the first place. I've had a few other Enve bars, as well as other brands, and they all had more compliance. My dedicated road bike has an aero bar with an integrated stem, which has more compliance. I had aluminum bars a couple years back, and they had more compliance. These AR bars have in your face stiffness, which isn't something I want on an "All Road" bike. If you race, these might be for you. The only place I see these in my world, is if I built a dedicated climbing bike, as the hand positions are perfect, the stiffness and control would be great on the climbs and descents, and the weight is low. The minimal flare is rad it gives an extra level of confidence without being extreme. These replaced the Enve gravel bar I had on my bike, as I wanted less flare and flat tops. I like the feel of the AR better, but have I mentioned compliance yet?
The price is also stupid expensive, but that's Enve, hence the low value rating. Enve and value do not go together. It's not meant as a negative, but they're prices are higher than most. I believe they are always at the forefront of design, but they've always struggled with, or chosen to ignore, compliance. Many brands have caught up to Enve from a design an execution standpoint and surpass them on the price/value.
I'm not going to get rid of these bars, but beware of the marketing hype. I believe the comfort they refer to is the hand positions. These can be used for AR, but you'd better be after specific characteristics in your ride, as they transfer more vibration than any bar I've ridden.
I swapped to the SES AR bars after first trying the G series gravel bar. The flare on the G series put my elbows at an uncomfortable angle, and I've been happy with the less drastic flare on the SES ARs. I also find the aero shape on the top of the bars pretty darn comfortable. As an added bonus, they mount really cleanly with the hidden cable routing. I can't speak much to compliance - I have these on my 2021 Diverge which has the headset shock. They seem like they're fairly stiff.
Like all Enve components, these bars are ridiculously expensive and probably not worth it if you're on a tight budget. But, like all Enve components, they feel good and look great on your bike. I was able to pick these up during a BTD sale and have been happy with the purchase.
I've got a soft spot for US based bike companies. I'm building a Niner RLT 9 RDO this winter and it will be completely ENVE'd out. I had to start ordering parts back in June to ensure I had everything in time (still waiting on the frame), but BikeTiresDirect is my go to for ordering bike stuff. They are simply amazing and ENVE makes top of the line bike components.