Thomson KFC One Carbon Handlebar Review

 “KFC” is Katie Compton’s surly nickname that stands for “Katie F’ing Compton.” This moniker is no joke to her competitors who have been powerless to stop her from winning 8 out of the last 9 U.S. National Cyclocross Championships and a career total of 16 World Cup wins. If anyone understands the demands of this brutal sport, Katie Compton does. She worked with the engineers at Thomson to produce a cyclocross specific handlebar that could offer the highest level of performance possible. Thomson has certainly achieved this goal.

Just a few hundred yards into my first ride confirmed the Thomson KFC One bar was something special. Dozens of miles later I am having a very hard time imagining any other handlebar working better for ‘cross, or even gravel road rides. In short, Thomson’s KFC bar is more than strong enough for a man, but made for a woman, and I like that just fine.

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