Despite what the traditionalists might say, there are many among us who appreciate sound comfort principles being incorporated into handlebar design. And while the FSA K-Wing Compact Handlebar is designed to maximize your comfort, you'll find it's free of the whimsical kinks that make so many ergo-bars aesthetically offensive. Instead, you'll find clean lines, internal cable routing, and a construction that works in conjunction with your body in order to keep you comfortable for long hours in the saddle.
FSA focused on the rider's comfort when designing the K-Wing handlebar, and the flattened Aero-Ergo profile of the tops is a testament to this. Not only does the profile of the top spread your weight over more of your hands to relieve pressure, but they're also angled down ever-so-slightly. The idea is that angling the tops down mimics the natural position that your wrists assume when you grab the tops of the handlebar. So, you're able to adopt a more natural position whether you're climbing, or just giving your back a rest from the hoods. The moderate 125mm drop of the hooks and 80mm reach put these handlebars in the realm of short/shallow, as the compact designation would suggest. And the hooks are angled by two degrees in order to mimic the natural position of your wrists when you're in the drops. It's a subtle difference from parallel hooks, but one that becomes apparent the longer that your ride goes on.
The ergonomic principles of the K-Wing handlebar aren't the only feature that FSA obsessed over. There's a textured clear coat at the stem clamp and brake lever mounts. This high-friction coating ensures a slip-free interface, even on rough roads. The internal cable routing yields clean lines, and the cable channels are slightly larger than you'll find on some other bars. This enables trouble-free cable routing, even with the latest generation of electronic drivetrains. And while the carbon fiber/Kevlar construction ensures a comfortable ride and plenty of longevity, it's the 3k carbon weave on the outer-layer that makes these handlebars so eye-catching.
The FSA K-Wing Compact Handlebar is available in the sizes 40, 42, and 44cm and in the color Carbon with Red/white decals. Please note that this handlebar is only compatible with 31.8mm clamp diameter stems.
[center to center] 40 cm, 42 cm, 44 cm
31.8mm clamp diameter stems
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I lucked into this bar when I bought a used bike on craigslist. The bike is just a mid-range Specialized, but the guy had upgraded to this bar, and sold it to me on the bike. I'm glad he did. It's a wicked bar.
First, it's incredibly light. I don't have a lot of experience with carbon bars, but compared to the aluminum ones I use and have used in the past, it's ridiculous. Second, stiffness is fantastic as well. There's no flex in this bar that I can perceive, even in a hard sprint, compared to the small flex I'm used to getting with Al bars. Finally, ergonomics. This is where this bar is king for me. I LOVE the ergo/aero shape of the flats, and especially the sides where the hoods go, it's so comfortable to ride for hours. I tend to get sore hands, or restless hands, and have to move them around a lot, and this bar is way better than any round bar or even other ergo bars I've used. I don't spend much time in the drops, I just don't like them in general, but if I did, I feel like these ones are pretty low. I would prefer that they didn't drop so low, I might use them more if they didn't. Internal cable routing is nice, although I've never had to work on this particular bar, so I don't know how it compares to other internal routing.
The price might be prohibitive, but it's a great bar. I wouldn't pay 330 for it, but on sale, if you want a carbon ergo bar, this one is great.