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Profile AirwingsB2
Aug 3, 2003 12:36 PM
Thinking about getting some for my SS (converted mtn bike with slicks), but they only come in 40cm and 42cm widths. I know that with standard road bars I much prefer the 44cm width. Are the "cowhorn" bars more comfortable in the narrower widths or should I try something like the Profile Stoker instead that is available in wider sizes?

re: Profile AirwingsBudhaSlug
Aug 3, 2003 5:06 PM
I used the 47cm stoker bars for about a year on my previous fixee. They were good for winter riding in the snow and cross riding where the added width made them very stable, but for road rides they were just too wide to be aerodynamic. The problem with cowhorns vs. standard drop bars is they have no drops to lower your profile and make you more aerodynamic. I ended up putting a pair of cheap clip on aero bars on the cowhorns for road rides, and liked this set up much more for road rides (unfortunately a car accident about a month after setting this up destroyed the bike and handlebars and I switched to WTB drop bars for the new bike). I would go narrow if you plan on only running cowhorns, or consider going wider and adding some aero bars for extra options.

Hope that helped,
re: Profile AirwingsKEN2
Aug 3, 2003 8:41 PM
I run the stoker bar in 44 cm, and the other advantage besides the width is that the tops are flat. I found the Airwings to be ungripable on the tops because there is a sudden slope just where you would grip them. You lose a valuable alternative grip.
Brake LeversB2
Aug 4, 2003 9:24 AM
Thanks for the info.

One more question:
Are you guys using those reverse levers made for TT bars?

Brake LeversKEN2
Aug 4, 2003 2:12 PM
I've run them, but now prefer Paul's Cross levers mounted like mtn. levers on the straight part of the bar. There are cheaper alternatives from Tektro too. I'm using mini V-brakes.
Love them...wideFix-ated
Aug 29, 2003 8:35 PM