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    Flared drop bars

    I just got a new cx bike and immediately hate the handlebar. Too much reach, too much drop, no extension on the ends so i have no choice but to brace my forearms against the top bar when reaching for the drops. Ouch.

    I am not looking for dirt drops that are meant to be ridden and the hooks most of the, but something with a flat top/ brake hood position, shallow drop, and a long, slightly flared drop and ends. I don't know how to tell the difference between real dirt drops and road drops with a little flare.

    Recommendations? I had some Cowbell 2s at one point and those were nice. I would imagine that Woodchippers and Midge bars would be too "dirt drop"-ish, right?

    Cheap option from Origin8, Soma, etc

    I see a few option with varying amount of "flare". So what is the point of more flareand les flare"
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    Iíve never tried them but I believe 3ttt makes a bar called the Ergoterra. Also Easton has a new flared bar, the AX. The others are to monstercross.

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    I've got a Salsa Bell Lap bar that's much less extreme than say a dirt drop but more flare than flared road bars. Short drop, normal hood position.

    They didn't work for me, too wide. If you'd like to try them for shipping cost, PM me. Oh, 26mm.

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    Check out the Ritchey VentureMax. Should be able to find them reduced price online....

    Evo sweep of 6 degrees
    24 degrees of flare
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    Compatible with all hood types

    https://ritcheylogic.com/venturemax-handlebar

    https://ritcheylogic.com/comp-venturemax

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    Salsa Cowchippers
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    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    I'm not aware of any bar that meets all your requirements.

    Now, if the Satori-X Race Aero bar had further-rear-extending drops, then it would be the one. Have it on my gravel bike.

    3T is coming out with a couple of gravel bar designs this year, but their specs are not released yet.

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    Check out the Soma 'Junebug' & Nitto 'Randonneur'

    And 2nded on the Ritchey VentureMax - my current favorite.
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    Current tossup between Cowbells and Venturemax. I have used Cowbells before and liked them. I suspect that something closer to a road bar woud be better.

    Cowbell 2 and 3- looks like the only difference is 6000 7000 aluminum. What's the significance?

    Cowchippers are still and option as well.

    All of these are cheap, so I guess I can't lose by trying the most radical one and selll/ trading it if it's too much.
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    I Took some side by side pics for you. Salsa Cowchipper with Blue tape, Cowbells with no tape.

    The main difference, aside from the obvious fact that the Cowchippers have a bit more flare, is that the hoods are slightly tilted on the Cowchippers and vertical on the Cowbells.

    I just switched my cross bike to the Cowchippers after trying true dirt drops (On One Midge) on my Monstercross bike. I wanted more flare, I spend most of my time offroad though, and hit a fair amount of singletrack too.

    If I were to build a dedicated cross race bike, or if that was my bikes main purpose I would use the Cowbells. And likely will again for that application. But as it is, I ride year round for fun and only do a few (4-8) cross races each year so I favor the Cowchippers, FWIW.

    Here's some comparison pics that may help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I just got a new cx bike and immediately hate the handlebar. Too much reach, too much drop, no extension on the ends so i have no choice but to brace my forearms against the top bar when reaching for the drops. Ouch.

    I am not looking for dirt drops that are meant to be ridden and the hooks most of the, but something with a flat top/ brake hood position, shallow drop, and a long, slightly flared drop and ends. I don't know how to tell the difference between real dirt drops and road drops with a little flare.

    Recommendations? I had some Cowbell 2s at one point and those were nice. I would imagine that Woodchippers and Midge bars would be too "dirt drop"-ish, right?

    Cheap option from Origin8, Soma, etc

    I see a few option with varying amount of "flare". So what is the point of more flareand les flare"
    I bought a Kona Super Jake this fall and it came with a "Kona Road Light Bar." It has a little bit of a flare and it feels like it's 46mm wide. Perhaps they have a couple different widths as well. So far I like it and have no plans to replace it.

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    I also bought a super jake, I think easton makes the bar because the dimensions are identical to the Easton AX. I bought their carbon flared bar, the CX I think, and it is sweet. Great control for technical descents.
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    I just got a set of EA70 AX's in a 44cm.

    Super comfortable,and 44cm feels crazy wide.

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