Bars for all.
In the rush to get the best technology to the most likely race-bike buyers, some manufacturers have a tendency to forget that people, like bicycles, come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Fortunately, the folks at FSA haven’t forgotten. The FSA SL-K Road Compact handlebar combines race-ready unidirectional carbon fiber construction, a forgiving, shallow design, and four different sizes (including extra-narrow) to bring pro-level performance to all of us.
FSA's SL-K Compact Handlebar is made from a blend of unidirectional carbon fiber and Kevlar. Formed in a continuous, one-piece construction, the reinforced carbon design provides a heightened rigidity for explosive sprints and predictable handling. Additionally, the carbon weave dampens road vibration while the Kevlar offers durable strength that reduces material fatigue. The engineered result is simple — the S-LK Carbon handlebar will remain stiffer, longer. These attributes have been further accentuated by the implementation of a double-width single cable groove along the bar. The SL-K's thicker construction also greatly increases its resistance to fatigue.
The S-LK Compact Carbon features reinforced and textured clamping areas for the attachment of the levers and stem. This treatment prevents slippage, and helps to maintain the life of the bars. FSA has also widened the center section to 120mm in order to allow the addition of clip-on aero extensions or any combination of accessories. To achieve an agreeable shape, fit for long days in the drops or on the hoods, FSA has designed the S-LK Compact with a moderate 125mm drop, 80mm reach, and 2 degree outward bend. And to ensure a consistent fit and ride quality for every rider, these dimensions vary in scale by each of the three widths available.
- Q & A
pros and cons
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I thought I would try branching out after riding Enve and 3T for the last several years and have always loved other FSA products. The parts I really loved on the bars was the feel in the drops. I was indifferent when up on top. I actually prefer the 3t ergonova team bar feel when my hands are up top. They are a pretty small diameter bar so if you have smaller hands or like that feel they will be right up your alley. The ride is very nice and they are plenty stiff when you crank hard on them. feel free to contact me directly with any questions.
Nice carbon bars at a good price
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've been looking for a good quality carbon bar at a reasonable price for a while for my gravel bike. I've used FSA aluminum bars for years and have always liked them. So when the SL-K carbon bar went on sale I jumped at it. The bars are stiff and have very comfortable hand positions on the top of the bar. The compact bar provides for a very comfortable reach to the drops as well. I've ridden a couple of times in the snow and gravel and with the recent cycle of freeze and thaw the roads are pretty beat up. I'm impressed with the vibration damping the bars provide. In fact, I was so pleased I bought a second one for my road bike...the price is hard to beat. I don't have any long-term experience to share yet, but I expect that these will continue to preform well over time.