Zipp Speed Weaponry SLC2 Handlebars

4/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00

Product Description

The sprinters new favorite. Zipp's SLC 2 Handlebar features an unique carbon construction that's amazingly stiff yet incredibly light. It's also fully compatible with clip-on aerobars. The secret in this 190 gram design 42cm was to keep 60 of the bar width at the same 31.8mm diameter as the clamp area then strategically rework the carbon laminate structure -- adding material around the clamp area to ensure the stiffness needed to handle sprinting loads and to provide the strength required for clip-on extensions.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by azbiker a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2011

Strengths:    Stiff yet comfortable.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I have only had this bar mounted up for two weeks, in that time I have logged 600+ miles on it and so far I'm loving it! It replaced my Pro Vibe carbon bar, the Pro was nice but the Zipp has a better feel as far as road dampening and still is not flexy. It also shaved over 30 grams off the bike. I have the short and shallow version which I'm liking alot...I can shift and brake from the drops very comfortably.
Over all I thinks its a very well made product, I guess time will tell....
I'm a wrench at a local shop so I get to demo alot of stuff...I'm really pleased with these bars...
If you can find them, Zipp had these on special and the price was sweet!

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Favorite Ride:   EOP

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Pro Vibe
Specialized S Works
Bontrager xxx lite
Bontrager x lite
Nitto B123aa

Bike Setup:   2011 Specialized S Works Tarmac SL3 w/FACT BB30 Carbon crank
Dura Ace 7900
Zero Gravity Neg GSL Brakes
Alchemy Hubs laced to Velocity A23s

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by x-wrench a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2010

Strengths:    Comfortable shape and vibration dampening. Stiffness, especially when you are on the hoods and standing. Light. I guess somewhat safe? At least they didn't suddenly fall apart during 40mph sprint 2 weeks ago in a race.

Weaknesses: pay $300 for what is basically a disposable bar. Today I had to ride my old Serotta with my 10 year old aluminum Modolo bar because my LOOK bike was rendered inoperable due to my noticing failure of the SLC2 bars. I'm a 178lb road racer, so I don't think I was operating the bars beyond their limits.

Bottom Line:   
Comfortable without being "whacky"- a nice cross between traditional bars and aero shaped, flat topped, flat section bars. Stiff, but probably could be stiffer laterally from the drops. Poor fatigue resistance/durability-fractures developed right underneath the brake/shifter clamp. In my 20 years of riding/racing/wrenching I have never seen this happen. I am not some knuckle scraping buffoon who doesn't know torque values, so my criticism is informed, not ignorant. What I have learned from my experience with this bar is: Buy 4 or 5 high quality aluminum bars that you like instead of a $300 carbon bar. Then, instead of for just 2 years, you will have a bar you love for the rest of your life. Hey, you just might be alive longer having not had your bar fail unexpectedly. Is it any wonder many pro's switch to aluminum bars for such events like Paris-Roubaix?

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Favorite Ride:   Out the door.

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   glory cycles online

Similar Products Used:   The only carbon bar I've used, but only briefly, was a Modolo Curvissima, so I my comments are based on years of riding aluminum bars.

Bike Setup:   LOOK 595 Ultra, Sram Red/Force, LOOK HSD stem

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