Last fall, I put the new Thomson Katie Compton cyclocross handlebar on my bike and immediately loved the shape and feel. It’s big, fat and comfortable, with a stiff, straight upper section and compliant drops with a long perch. It, along with the low-rise mountain bike handlebars, were their first foray into carbon fiber components, but you can tell they did their homework.
And we would expect nothing less from Thomson, given their reputation for making bombproof alloy cockpit parts in their Georgia factory. These aren’t made domestically, but do meet Thomson’s stringent standards and oversight. They’re made from a blend of three different modulus Toray carbons over EPS mandrels for perfectly smooth interiors and a stronger one-piece construction. They use a proprietary “Nano Epoxy Resin” that supposedly improves impact resistance.
Over the course of the past 12 months of testing, the bars have been raced some, ridden a lot and hit the ground a couple times. They’ve also been wrapped with two amazing sets of bar tape, Zipp’s Service Course CX and Lizard Skins’ DSP. Check our original Unboxed & Weighed post for raw handlebar photos and weights, then dip in for the long term review on it and the wrappings…
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