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The FSA Energy Compact Handlebar packs a lot of features into a bar. You get the nice, flat tops that FSA has long championed, along with a medium-shallow drop that’s easy to get a hand into, and a super-wide center clamping section that’s easy to mount lights, computers, or cameras to.

  • Flat tops
  • Ergonomically-shaped drop section
  • Mid-shallow drop
  • Wide center clamping section
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The perfect bars

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The bike I ride came with FSA Vero Compact bars, which are an ergo design. I wanted something closer to a classic bend, with a good flat space at the ends of the drops. I saw the FSA Energy Compact bars on Alex Howes' bike (Team Cannondale-Garmin) and thought they would be the best shape for me. Then I saw on VeloNews the name of them, and that they were aluminum so I would actually be able to justify the cost.
They are the perfect shape, and I have been shopping for 18 months.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In my opinion these are the best bars EVER (that i have ever tired)!!!! A little history, i have ridden compact Pro PLT, compact Giant Carbon, compact Felt bars, standard Control Tech, standard Pro PLT, and the FSA Compact is still the best. A little reasoning, short reach means easier transition from top to hood to drops and allows a longer stem which aesthetic looks pro/cool, compact drop allows me to be in the drops longer but still reach the brakes and shifters super easy and comfortable with other company's compact handlebars still giving me a hard time braking and shifting in the drops, and the flat tops are just more comfortable for me. these are the win all end all handlebars to me, and possibly to you its worth at least trying.

Unanswered Question

Is this the alternative to the former aluminum version of the FSA SL-K which is now a carbon/Kevlar blend? The design/specs seem similar.