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Atera SIGNO RTD 137cm aero-profile aluminium bars...


Atera's SIGNO RTD aluminium bars are sold as a complete package, ready to fit. They're our Best Buy for cars with flush mounted roof rails. 3 reasons: (1) The aero-profile aluminium bar is the most user-friendly profile available anywhere (2) The innovative feet and clamps have been tested and approved for use on well over 50 different vehicles, and more will be added as time goes on; other flush rail systems usually require a different adapter kit for every vehicle (3) These good looking bars exude quality, with numerous smart features, including a torque tool tightening system that's really easy to use.

We've watched the development of Atera's aero-profile over several years and have seen how they've been refined and refined, with a lot of wind tunnel testing, to achieve optimum efficiency - low noise and low drag - despite not having any rubber infill in the slotted channel.

Keeping this channel open was the challenge that Atera set their design team. Other aerofoil bars (apart from Whispbar) are only quiet if rubber strips are pushed into their 'T-track slots', rubber which needs to be cut into sections and placed between, for example, bike carriers, and then more rubber added when the bike carriers are removed. You want to leave your bars on your car ready for the next time you go biking, and just slide or drop the bike carriers into them without any need to fit and remove rubber strips? Is speed and ease of use important? Of course it is, which is why the engineering behind these bars is really very clever indeed.

What's the science behind this success? See the second picture above. In summary, the WindBarrier strip creates small swirls which form an air cushion across the surface of the T-track slot, preventing the development of wind noise whatever the driving speed. The design of the ShapeBreak trailing edge also controls the airflow, improving roof bar stability and reducing the downward force.

Other features:

  • The quality of the aluminium, and the plastic mouldings, makes these bars a pleasure to handle
  • There's real attention to detail. For example, the slots under the bars, which the feet slide in, also need to be filled to reduce noise; Atera's SIGNO RTD bars have automatic adjusting covers for the part of the slots behind the feet
  • The bars are tightened on with a long torque tool - long enough for your hand to remain outside the bar, even on the narrowest setting. You turn the tool until it clicks - then the bars are tight enough
  • The end caps slide down to allow access to the T-track slots - a very crisp and smart solution
  • Weight: 5.5kg for two bars. Note that the stickers on the base of each bar show the weight and maximum load carrying capacity for each single bar; double these for two bars!
  • Load carrying weight 100kg but please be guided by the maximum permitted roof loading limit of your vehicle!
  • Roof bar dimensions: 1370mm long by 79.5mm wide by 27.5mm deep
  • The 'T-track' slots use 20mm x 20mm adapters - the same as CRUZ, Thule and Whispbar aluminium bars
  • Locks are included
  • Supplied as a pair
  • 3 year guarantee
  • Made in Germany

Colleagues here who've been using SIGNO RTD bars to carry their bike racks are very confident that Atera have nailed it!

Most of Atera's roof bars and accessories business is with the Original Equipment market, i.e. direct to the car manufacturers, where major customers include Audi, BMW, Daewoo, Chrysler, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. Atera’s reputation therefore speaks for itself and (probably needless to say) their products are manufactured, city crash tested, TÜV certified and quality approved to the highest international standards including DIN ISO 1135, DIN ISO 75302, and IAF ISO 14001:2004.

As an arm twister, a thank you for buying from us, and to show off these incredibly useful products, we'll include one free Fasty HANDY with every set of bars you buy, while stocks last - see pop up link for details.

The aim of this note is to persuade you that kayaks should always be tied to the carrying vehicle at both bow and stern.

Untied kayaks have, in our experience, the greatest potential for a roof bar or kayak carrier failure. The massive forces that untied kayaks can generate have even been known to snap roof bar fixing bolts with the result that a complete assembly of roof bars and kayaks has ended up on the road. We know that this has happened with almost every brand of roof bar, and regardless of whether the kayaks are on a special carrier or just strapped to the bars.

You need to fix bow and stern lines, probably using the front and rear screw-in towing eyes to get strong and accessible fixing points on the vehicle. Kayak shops should be able to provide suitable 'paracord' for this purpose. It is cheap and readily available online. Alternatively, Thule makes the QuickDraw 838 which we have listed together with every kayak carrier we sell.

Please note that kayaks should be strapped to the roof bars, or to kayak carriers, using straps that are suitable for the purpose, e.g. 25mm polypropylene straps with strong buckles. Bungee cords must never be used.

Please also note that all roof bar instructions point out the dangers of carrying unsecured long items, as of course do all kayak carrier instructions.

If you tie down your kayaks you almost certainly won't experience a product failure. If you don't you may or may not get away with it. If there is a disaster and the kayaks end up on the road, separated from the vehicle, then you were not using tie downs and you have subjected the roof bars to forces for which they were not designed. The costs of sorting this out are yours, not ours, and you may also have difficulties with your insurers.

We're sorry to be so firm about this, but "things coming off the tops of cars" is the stuff of nightmares, and we want to do all we can to prevent accidents of this sort from happening.


Atera's SIGNO RTD bars fit a very wide range of vehicles, making them exceptional value for money. This is the list at 20th July 2015 - additional vehicles will be added as they are tested and approved.

SIGNO RTD application list:  

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Please click on the pdf symbol below to see the fitting instructions for these roof bars:

 

Don't be alarmed by the amount of detail that is shown; the reality is that Atera bars are supplied fully assembled.


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