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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
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Easy to install (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cyclocross (5)
    • Road biking (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    5.0

    Perfect for wide shoulders

    By Lockdnloaded

    from Fl

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

      Thee bars are perfect for me. I was wanting size 48 but these are definitely wide enough and the drops are even wider. Great design I use them on my road bike and they make it so much easier to stay on the bike for hours. Lighter than the stock bars.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Awesome Handle bars

      By duvey

      from Houston

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Road Biking
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Salsa Cowbell MD 3 Handlebar:

        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

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