Carbon's not always all that.
You could pay top dollar for carbon bars and hope they don't break when you crank into a sprint or take a tumble, or you could trust your first-place finish and cockpit durability to the 7050 aluminum of Zipp's Service Course SL-80 Handlebar. They weigh only 60g more than Zipp's comparable carbon bars, and have a relatively short 80mm reach that makes the drops more accessible without needing a shorter stem, which can make the bike twitchy. The drop is also a moderate 125mm, so you don't have to be a circus performer to use them comfortably, and the rounded top of the bars provides a comfortable platform for your hands without torqueing your wrists.
- 7050 aluminum
- Rounded top
- 31.8mm diameter
- 80mm reach
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These have the right combination of drop and reach and were a perfect addition to a new cyclocross build...
Do these bars have grooves for cable...
Do these bars have grooves for cable routing?
No they don't, you'll have to tape them with your brake cable just like a regular handlebar.