Salsa Cowchipper Review

So as I wrote the other day, I was recently able to do a prolonged test of a Salsa Warbird Carbon.  That bike was set up with 40cm Cowchipper handlebars.  I typically ride 44cm bars, but with the flared ends of the Cowchippers, I was intrigued to see how they felt.

In a word, no.

I can see how these would be ideal handlebars for a lot of climbing.  Short of that, they were not my jam.

Up on the hoods, they were too narrow.  Trying to be on the hoods and out of the saddle was like taking me back to the first time I rode one of those terrifying “drop bar” bikes.  You could get a good comfy position down in the drops, but man, it was a long ways down.  And when you’re down there, you’re really way out there.

I like Woodchippers in the right application–a Fargo-esque bike set up for touring, etc.  Cowchippers just don’t flip my burger.

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2 thoughts on “Salsa Cowchipper Review

  1. Thx, I’m a big fan of the Cowbell. I have a ’12 Vaya…I swapped out the Cowbell for a Woodchipper and after about a year I went back to the Cowbell. As you mentioned, the Woodchipper has it’s place, but it was not a good fit for me. I’ve always been attracted to the mustache style handlebars, but there are some glaring limitations once you start using them.

    When the Cowchipper came out I started toying the idea of another swap, but I think I’ll stay the what I love, the grass may not be greener.

    I wish Salsa would offer an option to flatten the top part of the Cowbell, it would be much more comfortable. The Thomson handlebar is almost perfect, except for the cost and the drops don’t flair out as much as I prefer.

    Regards, Dave

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  2. Thx, I’m a big fan of the Cowbell. I have a ’12 Vaya and I swapped out the Cowbell for a Woodchipper, after about a year I went back to the Cowbell. As you mentioned, the Woodchipper has it’s place, but it was not a good fit for me. I’ve always been attracted to the mustache style handlebars, but there are some glaring limitations once you start using them.

    When the Cowchipper came out I started toying with the idea of another swap, but I think I’ll stay the what I love, the grass may not be greener.

    I wish Salsa would offer an option to flatten / aero the top part of the Cowbell, it would be much more comfortable. The Thomson handlebar is almost perfect, except for the cost and the drops don’t flair out as much as I like.

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