Introducing: Cowchipper Handlebar

I’d like to introduce our newest handlebar; the Cowchipper.

As you may have guessed, the Cowchipper combines features found on our long-running favorites, the Cowbell and Woodchipper bars. Each cyclist has their own unique taste in what they prefer in a handlebar, and the new Cowchipper provides another great option.

Think of the Cowchipper as a Cowbell with increased flare OR a Woodchipper with decreased flare and less backsweep. Whether spending long days in the saddle on a tour, or drifting through corners in a gravel race, the Cowchipper is sure to become the bar of choice for many riders tacking on big miles.

The Cowchipper retains the exact same feel of the Cowbell bar (or most modern road bars) on the top and hood positions. The big difference is in the drops; we took a new approach by offering a radical 24 degrees of flare. 

This flare boosts leverage and provides an amazing amount of control and stability while in the drops in aero position. While providing this increase in control, the Cowchipper still retains its ability to provide brake/shifter attachment points typical of most drop bars. 

Clamp diameter is 31.8mm.

The Cowchipper is in stock in most sizes now with the following part numbers:

40cm  HB8280         IN STOCK

42cm  HB8281          IN STOCK

44cm  HB8282         IN STOCK

46cm  HB8283         IN STOCK

For full information, see the Cowchipper page on

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Sean 'Mailman' Mailen

Sean 'Mailman' Mailen

I was born and raised in the hills of Tennessee. I decided in high school I wanted to design the best bikes and parts possible; I’ve been following my dream ever since. I love about every possible mode of cycling, mountain biking is the most fun, but if I’m on two wheels I’m happy.


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chach | May 28th, 2015

Ohhhhh, ahhhhhh, fun!

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Kai | May 29th, 2015

Where do you measure your bars? Drops/hood/end/etc?

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chach | May 29th, 2015

At the hoods. A standard road bar is usually 42mm. A 44mm bar is what is on the medium sized Fargo, as well as on the small Fargo (I believe).

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colby | May 30th, 2015

change the name to cowtipper instead of chipper and i’m sold!

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Jumzler | May 30th, 2015

Nice to hear, thank you.

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Peter Woolnough | May 30th, 2015

Yep! Cowchipper doesn’t have great connotations. I thought Bellchipper sounded pretty good.

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Los | June 1st, 2015

Looks like my replacement SSCX bar.

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Mike | June 1st, 2015

Compatible with bar-end shifters?

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Joey | June 2nd, 2015

I’m digging this bar already. The cowbell/road style hooks give me a lot more room for tinkering with hood position without compromising any of my riding positions.  If you have any fit issues with your existing drop bar mountain bike or you want greater comfort and stability from your road/gravel bike, the cowchipper is worth serious consideration.

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Joshua | June 2nd, 2015

Beat the bush!

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stephen | June 4th, 2015

Could someone official please confirm or deny where the bar width is measured? I’m interested in the width at the hoods, so if it’s measured somewhere else, could you please tell us the difference, in cm. Thanks.

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chach | June 4th, 2015

I have both bars in front of me right now.  It’s measured at the hoods, or more accurately, from corner to corner of the flat bar section.

There really should be a width line on the diagram above to show this. Anyhow, that is what it is. 

If I were in error my post would be deleted or corrected. They do mod these posts.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | June 4th, 2015

Stephen - The bars are measured at the center of bar at brake/shift lever mounting spot. Center of hoods would be another way to think of it. Hope that helps and thanks for your interest.

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@buffalodavetogo | June 11th, 2015

“(or most modeern road bars)” Love the idea with the bars, please check your copy.

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David Semanik | June 16th, 2015

I would love to see these & the Cowbell bar done in a carbon fiber version. Hint, Hint!!

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Dave | June 29th, 2015

Looks promising. Any plans to release the cowchipper to fit a 25.4 clamp?

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Andrew | July 1st, 2015

Are these bar end shifter compatible?

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WolfGang | July 1st, 2015

THIS will be my choice for the colossal ... yeeeeessss :-)

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | July 1st, 2015

Dave - No plans for 25.4mm bar. Sorry.

Andrew - Yes, bar end shifter compatible.

@buffalodavetogo - Yes, we do. But mistakes happen.

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Paul | July 17th, 2015

Trying to decide between the Cowchipper and Cowbell for my La Cruz - mainly ride it on crushed rock / dirt, plus the occasional pulling of the kids in the Burley. Thoughts?

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mikee | July 25th, 2015

I agree with Colby. I’m not going to pull the trigger until the names gets changed to COWTIPPERS! But for rills, I love the name mix stuff…. If you are gonna have to name handlebars might as well have some fun right:)

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | July 31st, 2015

Paul - Cowchipper would be my recommendation.

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Mike Schiller | September 23rd, 2015

Is the reach on the Cowchipper really 96 mm?  It doesn’t look that way from the pictures.  That would put it 2 cm further than a Cowbell.

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Erik Unangst | October 8th, 2015

I am also interested in knowing if the reach number is accurate. I was about to pull the trigger on these, but then I noticed that the reach is listed at 96mm. I have a set of Cowbell 3s and they are perfect with their 76mm reach.

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Geo Dale | December 1st, 2015

@ Erick -  I spotted this in a review of the Cowchipper:

In concert with the flare and sweep, the reach, or the forward extension from the cross bar of the Cowchipper, is only 79.2mm. This means that when you mount brake/shift lever controls, the hoods don’t end up so far away from the saddle of the bike that an abnormally short stem might be required.

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MRL | July 18th, 2016

Is the width measured from the top of where the shifter hoods would be or from the middle of the shifter body?  I’m trying to figure out if you offer an option that would be narrow enough for me (and other small women).  If I ride a traditional road bar that’s wider than 38cm at the hoods, I get hand numbness, so I’m looking for a bar that’s narrow enough on top for extended riding but offers more leverage in the drops to offset the stability of a shallow head angle.

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MJP | July 25th, 2016

It seems that the Cowchipper is out of stock.  I can’t find it locally (SF Bay Area) or online.  Can you give an indication of when production may catch up with demand and it will be in stock again?  Looking for 46mm width if it matters.  Thanks.

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Shady Hakim | July 29th, 2016

Yes, stock date! Looking for 42s.

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Shady Hakim | July 29th, 2016

Also, how do people generally like to size these? My road bars are 40s, and I think my shoulders are in that range also, but I am looking to put these on a Surly DT tourer. Any benefits to going a little wider, or should I stick with my road size?

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LATIF SUGANDA | August 13th, 2016

I’am mtb biker for more than 30 year with last turner frame,  I also use surly crosscheck 50 with butterfly bar - I like your cowchipper 44 -  I like to use a little wider (not too narrow)  cochip. but how to find it in Jakarta ?

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Shady Hakim | August 26th, 2016

Did the reach on these bars change from earlier versions? Here’s your website when they were first introduced. Shows 79.2 rather than 96mm:

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Shady Hakim | September 14th, 2016

And finally they’re back in stock. I’m still confused on whether the reach and drop changed from the early version of this bar. I’ll report back once I have mine in hand.

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dia fan paris | October 6th, 2016

Appreciation to my father who told me on the topic of this website, this website is truly awesome.

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