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Salsa Cowbell 3 Handlebar

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Salsa Cowbell 3 Handlebar

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 31.8mm center section allows mounting accessories like secondary inline brake levers
  • 31.8mm bar clamp diameter
  • Reach: 68mm
  • Drop: 115mm
4.8 / 5.0
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One of the most comfy bars
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.

PROS: Shallow Drops, Nice Finish, All day comfort

BEST USES: Road, Touring
October 11, 2012
Location:
Nelson, BC
awesome
good fit and hand position - on road but especially once you hit dirt

PROS: Comfortable
October 4, 2012
Location:
mpls
Cyclocross or wide shoulder riders
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.

PROS: Easy To Install, Lightweight, Durable, Attractive Design

BEST USES: Racing, Cyclocross, Road Biking, Upgrade
April 29, 2014
Location:
Manteca, CA
So far so good.
Great as always. Thanks Jenson.

PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install, Comfortable, Good Angle, Durable

CONS: Heavy

BEST USES: Upgrade, Touring, Road Biking
May 12, 2015
Location:
West Chester, PA
Nice wide stance with VERY comfortable reach and shallow drops. I do distance and some smooth singletrack and these are outstanding. Plus, the wife says they make me look irresistable.
April 25, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Location:
NorCal
Awesome Handle bars
Got these to replace the Salsa bell lap bars (which were previous version of these. These are FAR superior is every way. These are nice and compact in nearly every dimension, and feel stiff and durable. I use them on my commuter/touring bike and they are perfect. I'm sure they would make a good cross handlebar too.

PROS: Durable, Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Lightweight

BEST USES: Casual Riding, Road Biking, Upgrade
November 10, 2014
Location:
Houston
The Best
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.

PROS: Durable, Attractive Design
October 11, 2013
Location:
Silverado
These bars are awesome!!!!
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

PROS: 12° Flare, Nice Reach And Drop

CONS: none

BEST USES: Cyclocross, Road
October 9, 2012
Location:
Any Cx track Nor-Cal
Really nice bars
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.

PROS: Easy To Install, Lightweight, Durable

BEST USES: Road Biking, Touring, commuting, Casual Riding
June 4, 2013
Location:
Eugene, Or
awesome
great bar and hand position.
good on the road - great on the dirt

PROS: Comfortable

CONS: none
October 4, 2012
Location:
mpls

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What’s the difference between the cowbell 3 and cowbell 2?
Pamela K on Oct 15, 2017
Salsa Cowbell 3 Handlebar
Salsa Cowbell 3 Handlebar
Salsa Cowbell 2 Handlebar
Salsa Cowbell 2 Handlebar
BEST ANSWER: The Cowbell 2 and 3 have identical dimensions (reach and drop etc). The difference is in the type of aluminium used. The Cowbell 2 is made from 7000 series aluminium whereas the 3 is made from 6061 series aluminium and is marginally heavier. The difference in weight is only 20g.
What’s the difference between the cowbell 2 and cowbell 3?
Pamela K on Oct 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The difference is type of aluminum the 2 is 7000 series and the 3 is 6000 series. The 2 would be slightly lighter than the 3.

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