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Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar

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The new Cowbell 3 is ideally suited to the rigors of cyclocross. It features a 12 degree outward bend in the drops, making them ideal for cross racing, extended touring, adventure bikes, etc. - now you can have a bar specifically designed for the needs of the crosser without breaking the bank.
  • 120mm wide center section allows mounting accessories like secondary inline brake levers
  • 31.8mm bar clamp diameter
  • 76mm reach, 126mm drop

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Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (8)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cyclocross (5)
    • Road biking (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    5.0

    Cyclocross or wide shoulder riders

    By Greg878

    from Manteca CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cyclocross
      • Racing
      • Road Biking
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

      After searching, buying many alloy drop bars I have decided this bar in a 46cm is large enough for wide shoulders, and had a compact reach to the drops like an FSA Omega compact. I use the FSA on my road bike in a 44cm. I wish it was just a little wider, but it works. One thing to note, the 46cm from salsa is a larger measurement than euro measurements. I'm not sure where they measure from but a 44cm Salsa Pro Road 3 is larger than a 44cm FSA omega by just a bit.
      I use the Salsa on a cross bike, but it's not flared enough to be out of the question for a road bike if you needed a wider plate form than that offered for the typically petite riders in the sport.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      The Best

      By Rishard

      from Silverado

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

          I was running Salsa Short and Shallows and changed over to the Salsa Cow Bell in a 46cm size. The bars are so perfect for racing cyclocross it is unbelievable. The price is reasonable for such a well thought out design. Really stoked on them!
          Would buy a Carbon version if it was available.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          top handlebar for the heavier cyclist

          By Lourider3000

          from Melbourne Australia

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Solid And Light Good Fit

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Biking

            Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

            Strong but light handlebars

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Really nice bars

            By Tony

            from Eugene, Or

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Casual Riding
              • commuting
              • Road Biking
              • Touring

              Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

              I bought these for a drop bar MTB that I was building as my commuter and for eventual use as a expedition or bikepacking rig when I can afford a Troll or Fargo frame. These bars fit my application perfectly. The only issue was due to my own fault, I ordered the 46cm bars which turned out to be a little too wide. I think the 42cm version would be perfect. These are great bars, I really like the shallow drop. I would not hesitate to buy them again, I would just go with the 42cm.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One of the most comfy bars

              By BC Rider

              from Nelson, BC

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • All day comfort
              • Nice Finish
              • Shallow Drops

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road
                • Touring

                Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

                I have this set up on my touring bike and couldn't be happier. They replaced a Woodchipper which I really liked because of the fared drops but I found riding on the hoods really uncomfortable. The cowbells are a good compromise. I wished they came in 26.0 but that's not going to happen. Still haven't realized the benefit of 31.8 bars other than it looks good.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                These bars are awesome!!!!

                By Loos Nut

                from Any Cx track Nor-Cal

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • 12° Flare
                • Nice Reach And Drop

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Cyclocross
                • Road

                Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

                These bars were recommended by a team mate, and Im glad he did.
                The short reach and shallow drop are ideal for someone with small hands.
                I get a great pull when in the drops equating to more power do to the flare.
                I have had problems on my road bike while in the drops of hitting the top bar, not with these. I bought them for my cross bike and i will be buying another set for my road bike

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Bars

                By Cook Bros

                from Austin, TX

                Verified Reviewer

                Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

                They seem like good solid bars. The transition from the tops to the brake levers, the flare and the distance to the drops are working well for me.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Solid

                By JD

                from Oakland, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Cyclocross
                  • Gravel

                  Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

                  A solid bar, as noted, true to size. I tried this on my cross bike for a long (100+mi) charity ride, all on road. Lots of hills. Solid handling on steep downhills, rough roads. The short reach and drop allows quick, steady maneuvering. Short drop leaves not as many positions as I would have liked for a really long ride. At least in this set up, low drop makes it a little hard to position on the brakes.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great bars for sore wrists

                  By Steve

                  from Boston MA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

                  Helped my sore wrists.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  awesome

                  By chumocles

                  from mpls

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Cyclocross

                  Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

                  great bar and hand position.
                  good on the road - great on the dirt

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