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Salsa joins ultra wide drop bar trend with Cowchippers up to 52cm wide

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Is wider better? That seems to be the consensus over the past years for a number of products. Tires, rims, axle spacing, and yes, handlebars. The wider bar trend which we saw take over mountain biking is now making its way into the world of drop bars – at least for gravel, all road, and bikepacking rigs.

Salsa joins ultra wide drop bar trend with Cowchippers up to 52cm wide

Certainly not everyone needs to be riding a 52cm wide bar, but if you find yourself on the taller end of the spectrum, you may be happy to see wider options. To this point, Salsa Cycles has added new sizes of their Cowchipper bars in 48, 50, and 52cm widths. Note that this is measured at the hoods, so the actual bar width will be even wider with their 24° flare angle.

Salsa joins ultra wide drop bar trend with Cowchippers up to 52cm wide

Late in 2019, Salsa also announced that they would be adding silver options to two popular bars – the Cowchipper and Cowbell. These are still available, but the silver Cowchippers will not be offered in the new ultra wide sizes. The silver versions top out at 46cm widths but with the same retail price.

The ultra wide Cowchippers will be offered in the standard black aluminum Cowchipper and Cowchipper Deluxe for $50 and $80 respectively, as well as the Cowchipper Carbon at $215.

Features & Pricing

Cowchipper

  • 6061-T6 aluminum alloy construction
  • 38cm to 52cm widths available in Black; 38cm to 46cm available in Silver
  • 116mm drop, 68mm reach, 24° flare angle, 12° drop angle
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter with 120mm width for use with Salsa Anything Cradle and aerobars
  • U.S. MSRP $50

Cowchipper Deluxe

  • 7050-T6 series aluminum alloy construction
  • 38cm to 52cm widths available in Black; 38cm to 46cm available in Silver
  • 116mm drop, 68mm reach, 24° flare angle, 12° drop angle
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter with 120mm width for use with Salsa Anything Cradle and aerobars
  • U.S. MSRP $80.00

Cowchipper Carbon

  • Carbon fiber construction
  • 38cm to 52cm widths available in Black
  • 116mm drop, 68mm reach, 24° flare angle, 12° drop angle
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter with 120mm width for use with Salsa Anything Cradle and aerobars
  • U.S. MSRP $215.00

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luddite
luddite
3 years ago

weights?

fbhidy
3 years ago
Reply to  luddite

Alu Black – 52 cm Weight: 346 g
Carbon – 52 cm Weight unavailable

But for reference:
Alu Black – 46 cm Weight: 322 g
Alu Silver – 46 cm Weight: 293 g
Carbon – 46 cm Weight: 229 g

(data from the QBP dealer website)

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
3 years ago

Weight? Does that really matter given the use these bars are designed for?

luddite
luddite
3 years ago

It matters when deciding whether to go regular, deluxe or carbon as the only difference will be weight.
Also, gravel bikes still have to be pedalled uphill.

M. H.
M. H.
3 years ago

Great! I’m bigger and I’ve got wide shoulders…it’s nice to have some options so I’m not partially tucked every time I ride my road bike.

blahnblahblah
blahnblahblah
3 years ago

how to make a flat bar without making a flat bar

Kicking Dirt
Kicking Dirt
3 years ago

I want 720mm to go with my 35mm stem. Banging fence posts all the way down country roads.

Elvis
Elvis
3 years ago
Reply to  Kicking Dirt

honestly it’s more about fitting stuff between the bends (bags, tents… …etc.) but ya know. Being the internet, best to knock it without having any idea what you’re talking about right?

Fred Gravelly
Fred Gravelly
3 years ago

So really my 44s are 52s and these are 60s

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