Cross levers are awesome! And these Salsa Halter top levers are the best, a nice improvement over the cheap ones I had before.
I was also happy to get rid of the bar end shifters. They were ok but I really prefer Campagnolo ergo shifters and it feels good to have these back on this bike. I tried for 2+ years to like bar ends (both indexed shimano and silver friction).
The bars are 44cm soba/noodle bars from the VO Randonneur. I used to have 46cm noodles on this bike but it always felt too wide and once I updated the VO with narrow bars the 46cm noodles felt ridiculously wide.