FSA has taken the design of their venerable K-Wing handlebars and created a new design for those of us who can't palm a basketball.
The reach has been pulled back to 80mm and the drop has been reduced to 125mm. (By comparison the standard K-Wing has a reach of 90mm and a drop of 145mm.)
Other than the dimensional adjustments all the great features of the K-Wing are present and accounted for. Seriously, this bar makes a strong case study for the amazing things that can be done with carbon fiber.
The wing shape across the top of the bar takes comfort to a whole new level. The pool table flat "shelf" at the end of the bars enables a smooth and seamless transition to the brake hoods. Underneath the bar is a double wide groove for hidden cable routing that's compatible with Campy, Shimano and SRAM. In the drops, the center section has been flattened just a touch to be easier on the hands.
The K-Wing Compact is available in a 31.8mm clamp only. It is not compatible with aerobars and for best aesthetics a stem mounted computer would work best.
Fancy bars go best with fancy bar tape.
|Width||40, 42, 44cm (Center-to-Center)|
Purchased these about 6 months ago and love them. From my first ride I could feel less vibrations and an overall smoother ride. Given the compact design, I can also spend a great deal more time in the drops, which is great for a 52 year old rider. Not to mention I think these are the coolest looking bars out there.
Purchased these 6 months ago and love them. I immediately felt a smoother ride. In addition, given the compact design, I spend much more time in the drops. Not to mention they are the coolest looking bars out there.
The lower drop depth makes this bar very comfortable to use. The flatter top section of the bar makes it more comfortable when holding the bar tops. I ride without gloves and only have the curved section of the bar taped. Very comfortable and my hands do not get numb. Put this on both of my road bikes.
These bars have a great feel to them. The are great for cable routing. Great price too.