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Need advice. Looking to upgrade from my Bontrager Selects. Have looked at this forum, and the reviews, and it looks like the Kestrel Pro OS and a couple of different FSA bars get good marks. Anyone able to help me differentiate between them (or find real similarities) beside the obvious price differences?

Conventional carbon bars:Kestrel Pro OS vs FSA K-Force
Does the wing make a noticable difference over conventional shape? And how much difference is there betrween the K[Wing carbon and Wing Pro Al?

BTW, my primary criteria is comfort; light is good, but I'm not up for stupid-lite. Not racing, but club rides and solo cruising rides. These are going on a LeMond Versailles carbon/steel spine frame w/carbon fork.
 

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I'm biased towards the Kestrel because that's what I ride. I have both a EMS Pro and EMS Pro SL. The difference between the two? Weight and nothing more. Bars shapes and widths, shoes, stem length and angle and saddles are some of the many thing subjective to the indidivdual cyclists prefeerences. I ride what I do because it fits me best and therefore very comfortable to me. You may not feel the same way so my opinion is good for me but you? You really need to try them out and see. I went through quite a few bars before I found what works for me.

I find the below saddle comfortable too! And you?
 

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Good choices....

Both are high quality and great brands. the choice is do you want the flat tops or not?

I have owned the Kestrel EMS pro and SL and FSA K-Force bars. Both are excellent, but I prefer the flat tops of the FSA bars. BUT I don't like the "wing" feel on them So I went with another TOP QUALITY carbon maker in Zipp!


ZIPP B2 Contour Carbon Handlebar
26.0 or 31.8 available


Great fit, stiff and very compliant ride. Better ride qualities than any carbon bar I have used.
The flat tops are great without the wing thing from FSA.

If you decided on them, go to wise cycle buys for the best pricing.
William is great to deal with. When I don't carry an item, this is who I see.
They carry kestrel as well.
 
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