FSA K-Wing Compact drop handlebar review£209.95

Ideal for reducing bar height

BikeRadar score2.5/5

By shaping the top section so it rises above the level of the stem, the new compact version of the FSA K-Wing lifts all hand positions noticeably compared to a standard bar.

This makes it a great choice for anyone who prefers a more upright ride. The short 125mm drop is well shaped and the tubing is subtly flattened to create more surface area to help reduce pressure too.

It loses marks, though, due to the fact we couldn’t find a comfortable position with SRAM levers, and cornering as well as sprinting loads caused unnerving flex which affected handling and our confidence to ride at speed.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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