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FSA Omega Compact Bar Owners please chime in.

I am really interested in picking up these bars. This review from competitive cyclist really sold me. It is exactly what I have been looking for in a bar (from the video reviews description) and it looks great in the video too.

Here is the video review for anyone inetersted:

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...%26BRAND.ID%3D

I have been considering these bars for awhile and did some searching for pics and when I find pictures of the bars on peoples bikes they look NOTHING like what is in the video! What is going on here? Is the video an accurate representation of the bars and the pics on peoples bikes skewed? Some pictures the bars look great others they look horrible. They look like totally different bars in every picture I see.

Here are some examples...

Looks Good (just like in the video), Nice fairly open curve:





Looks in between, but still pretty good:



Looks Bad:

WTF happened? Looks like it was squished!





I am also considering the 3T Ergosums as they are similar style bars but am not sure which one to go with. Looking for a compact bar with a flat transition to the hoods and easy reach to the brakes/shifter. Would one be better then another? Thanks
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I just installed these bars on my bike, its a 54 Litespeed Sienna, I'm 5'8". I love the compact drops, I'm thinking about cutting the ends off just a bit though. I'm going to wait until I have more time on them though. I'm also running DA, so my hoods are a bit different.

The last pic looks ******** because the bars aren't level, also it looks like he used a SUPER thick tape which makes the bar bloated.
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any pics? I have ultegra and havent seen any pics of them with shimano.
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I'll take some in about an hour.
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The bike with the red tape is mine. Those are FSA wing compact pros, not omegas. I believe the two have the same measurements however, and the only difference may be the wing style top section. The angle that they are photographed from may make a big difference.

PS - The wing compact pros are excellent bars and highly recommended. Nice flat transition (especially with SRAM) and a more traditional drop section which allows more multiple hand positions.
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yea the wing pros are identical except for the flat tops. Thanks for the input too.
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So you want the round bars right? Not the ones with the flattened area? I've got the flat ones, same overall bend for the drops though.
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Originally Posted by Tristan86 View Post
The bike with the red tape is mine. Those are FSA wing compact pros, not omegas. I believe the two have the same measurements however, and the only difference may be the wing style top section. The angle that they are photographed from may make a big difference.

PS - The wing compact pros are excellent bars and highly recommended. Nice flat transition (especially with SRAM) and a more traditional drop section which allows more multiple hand positions.
I ride wing compact too and agree with everything you said. The guy in the video is right that they just felt more comfortable from the first moment I rode them all the way through my 1st ride, which was 40-50 miles. I spend MUCH more time in the drops now.

Having said that, they DO look funny from certain angles. These two pictures were taken within seconds of each other and look at the difference. (btw, with Ultegra)

Here's a pic where they look wide open:


Here's one where they don't:
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btw - the pic above with the red tape looks the most like reality to me
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Originally Posted by brendon_ak View Post
So you want the round bars right? Not the ones with the flattened area? I've got the flat ones, same overall bend for the drops though.
Correct.

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I ride wing compact too and agree with everything you said. The guy in the video is right that they just felt more comfortable from the first moment I rode them all the way through my 1st ride, which was 40-50 miles. I spend MUCH more time in the drops now.

Having said that, they DO look funny from certain angles. These two pictures were taken within seconds of each other and look at the difference. (btw, with Ultegra)

Here's a pic where they look wide open:


Here's one where they don't:
Yea I guess it is the angle. They look great on your bike.

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btw - the pic above with the red tape looks the most like reality to me
Ok thanks.

I am still kind of in the air if I should get these or the 3T ergosums. They are so similar I dont really think it will make a difference but you never know.
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I'll post pics of mine when I get home. The last pic in the first post above is eff-ed up...the top should be level, and the levers moved "up" the bar a bit.

I have the Omega on one bike and the Wing Pro on another...these handlebars changed my cycling life like no other purchase possibly, well, ever. They are extremely comfortable in every single position, and I wonder why no one thought of making this shape ages ago.
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Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
I'll post pics of mine when I get home. The last pic in the first post above is eff-ed up...the top should be level, and the levers moved "up" the bar a bit.

I have the Omega on one bike and the Wing Pro on another...these handlebars changed my cycling life like no other purchase possibly, well, ever. They are extremely comfortable in every single position, and I wonder why no one thought of making this shape ages ago.
Thanks. These bars seem to get great reviews but I am still curious how they compare to the ergosum as they are both very similar bars.

Either way I would appreciate some pics of your set up. Thanks
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i use em on my kona JTS. They are great. I just bought the newton compacts for my road bike. If i had to choose between the two - Id go FSA ..in fact - when the time comes to change the tape - Ill swap bars.
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FWIW - I do think they are kind of ugly. When I have them above my head on my rack, they look really compact and I cringe when I look at it. On the ground, the effect is a lot less.

But, it doesn't matter. They feel that much better to me. YMMV.
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Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
I have been considering these bars for awhile and did some searching for pics and when I find pictures of the bars on peoples bikes they look NOTHING like what is in the video! What is going on here? Is the video an accurate representation of the bars and the pics on peoples bikes skewed? Some pictures the bars look great others they look horrible. They look like totally different bars in every picture I see.
Camera angle, focal length, and perspective are different in all those pictures. Each one of those things will affect how the bars appear.
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So what makes compact bars compact?
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I also have the wing pros and love them. I am little (5'4) and found myself nearly kneeing myself in the chest when in the drops. These bars solved that. Here is a pic of my old set-up and new one for reference:

Current:


The 4 degree flare is great when standing:


Old:


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Once you use them you will never go back. Makes a long time in the drops a lot easier if you don't race.
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sorry for the grainy pic.. these are the 3T ergosum alloys i've since tilted them up slightly to get the drops more angled/tops flat and will be moving the hoods down a bit next time i feel like rewrapping the bars. I like them alot though. Wiggle.uk has them pretty cheap (yea yea flip it blah blahh .. find me a 0 degree 80-90mm stem)
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There ya go, hope his helps. I'd echo what most everyone has said, but I also happen to think they're sexy. I don't really care what others have to say, they're behind me anyways
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Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
They are extremely comfortable in every single position, and I wonder why no one thought of making this shape ages ago.
I think it was actually Modolo who started the trend.
https://www.bellatisport.com/shop/pro...lebar_Alu.html
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FSA Omega Compact...at my age and after years of running, without a compact bar the drops would just be a rumor...
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Originally Posted by BustaQuad View Post
So what makes compact bars compact?
The term compact implies that all three hand positions are nearly the same in reach. Overall reach is reduced as well therefore promoting a more compact cockpit. I just installed the FSA Winged Compact on my bike and it is a very nice handlebar. One note is, since the bar has reduced reach you may want to opt for a 10mm longer stem to compensate if you previously ran longer reach bars and were comfortable with your cockpit length.
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