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SalsaCowchipper Drop Handlebar


Item # SLA000E

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Item # SLA000E

Cowchipper Drop Handlebar

Whether you're grinding gravel or going coast to coast, you can enjoy more comfort, control, and hand positions with the Cowchipper Drop Handlebar from Salsa. Its lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum alloy construction means it's plenty strong, durable, and reliable.

It's hard not to ignore its unique shape with its extreme 24-degree flare giving you more hand positions and control while traversing across loose surfaces or when loaded down on a bikepacking trip. Likewise, its shallow 116mm drop and short 68mm reach put you in a more comfortable position and the 12-degree ramp angle allows for a smooth transition from bar to levers. We're fairly certain that if you are looking at this bar, your priorities lie with comfort over aerodynamics, however, if you do want to mount up some aerobars or Salsa's Anything Cradle, the bar is approved and it has 120mm of real estate at its 31.8mm clamp area.

  • Salsa's flared drop bar for touring and all-road riding
  • Lightweight 6061-T6 aluminum alloy is durable
  • Shallow 116mm drop and short 68mm reach is built for all-day comfort
  • 24-degree flare places the arms in a more natural position
  • 12-degree drop angle allows for a flat transition to the hoods
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter and 120mm width is Salsa Anything Cradle and aerobar compatible
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
6061-T6 aluminum alloy
[center-to-center] 40cm, 42cm, 44cm, 46cm
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

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Black, 44cm
Black, 42cm
Black, 40cm

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[44cm] 322g

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Great bars

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these to upgrade the stock bars on my 2019 Giant Revolt. I was looking for something with plenty of space on the lower section of the drops as I typically ride this bike on longer adventures. These fit the bill perfectly. There are countless hand positions and they are double comfortable with the Salsa bar tape I picked up too. When the day is getting long I am still hanging out on the drops...feels like I am driving a schoolbus...

Great bars

What width did you choose? Fantastic photo BTW

Most comfortable drop bars on the market

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Previously bought Salsa Wood-chipper Bars. Had those for a year and switched over to this bar. The more traditional style with the flare of the drops makes for a very comfortable ride on the hoods. And a secure feeling in the drops when you are going down steep gravel roads.

best of the bells

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i have the cowbell on my steel CX bike. i have this on my converted carbon hybrid which was a flat bar triple but i morphed it into a compact double drop bar gravel bike. i mostly joy ride and commute on both. i also have the woodchipper on a plus mtb drop bar bike. all three are really great but have come to fall madly in love with the 24 degree flair that allows climbing, sprinting, cruising in the drops but in total comfort. the cowbell is a great roadie bar, and i find i'm most comfy in the hoods with it. but when you hit some single track, it's not wide enough and the front end can wiggle out from under you. this helps keep you moving at speed in corners and is easy to move between hoods, to tops to drops. i believe the drops themselves, b/c of the flair, have a front and rear position. i like the rear for cruising at speed and at the start of hills but then easily grab the curves in transition when the hill gets tough. i used to climb in the hoods, but this bar made me a better climber. swear.

best of the bells

Sweet short reach dirt drop

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently bought a Breezer Radar with the Oval Concepts 325 dirt drop bar stock. This one had a nicer drop, but mainly a shorter reach, bringing the hand position to more where I like it. I'll actually be buying another soon, as I want to try the 46cm version. I've got abut 500 miles on it so far.

This is, quite simply, an amazing bar

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride a Salsa Marrakesh for touring. According to the FAQ on the Salsa website this bar was designed for gravel and cyclocross however, the Marrakesh (Salsa's full up touring bike) comes equipped with a Cowchipper handlebar; it is perfect for touring with loaded panniers. I've ridden a little over 6000 miles with this bar and absolutely love it. In contrast, my Specialized Roubaix Expert came with a Specialized Hover bar which was great riding on the hoods or cross bar but very unstable on the hooks and drops. Consequently I very seldom rode on the drops. I just replaced the Specialized bar with a Cowchipper and believe me, the 24 degree flare in the drops makes the Roubaix a lot more stable and comfortable. Its also kinda cool to look down and see nothing but road under your bars and it does add a flare (pun intended) to my Roubaix. This is not just a touring or gravel bike bar. Get one - you're gonna love it. I'd recommend the exact same width bar as you are currently using. The geometry is pretty much the same as the road bars drop angle (reach, drop), it just has the 24 degree flare with the bar ends about 14 cm wider than a normal bar.