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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 3 Handlebar
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Cyclocross (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 3 Handlebar:

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                awesome

                By chumocles

                from mpls

                Pros

                • Comfortable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Cyclocross

                  Comments about Salsa Cowbell 3 Handlebar:

                  good fit and hand position - on road but especially once you hit dirt

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