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The Zipp SL Contour bar isn’t designed to meet the specific requirements of the sprinter, or the climber, or the tourist. It is shaped, instead, to be an all ’rounder bar so that no matter what terrain you are riding, your hands will find a comfortable position.

The tops of the bars have been flattened, which not only provides a comfortable surface area to rest your hands, but they also are more resistant to road vibration than traditional round bars. And for the subtle advantage, the flattened bars are also more aerodynamic. The hooks are ovalized, which provides a wider grip for your hands. The overall shape of the bars is Zipp’s short and shallow bend. This configuration means that the distance between the hood and the drops has been reduced to make the transition easier — the drops become more usable than on a more traditional lower drop bar.

  • Carbon Fiber
  • Short and shallow drops
  • Not compatible with clip-on aerobars

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An All-Arounder

An All-Arounder

These are the perfect bar for doing it all.

Stiff in a sprint. Compact in a peloton. Easy, smooth and safe transitions from all 3 positions on the bar. Comfortable platform on top for climbing or sitting up, without being too bulky. Ultra lightweight at 190g.

Can't beat them. One of my favorite bars.

5 5

Comfortable and responsive

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the 42cm shallow model and it fits me great! Here are my impressions from 200miles of usage:
1. Stiff - They are very stiff race bars and don't cut out a lot of road chatter. Not a good option for those looking for comfort.
2. The ovalized top adds to the comfort.
3. The shallow drop has a more ergonomic (short) reach that makes moving from hoods to drops and back easy!
4. Slightly more expensive than other comparable bars, but well worth it!

One thing to remember with Zipp handlebars - Unlike other manufacturers, Zipp measures their handlebars from outside edge to outside edge, as opposed to center-to-center. So if your current bar is 40cm, then you need to buy 42cm in Zipp (go up one size).

Comfortable and responsive
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Actually, the Zipp website said this bar is measured center to center.

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Thanks for pointing it out. This must have changed in the last few months. When I was purchasing this, my local bike shop and even Competitive Cyclist informed me that Zipp bars are measured from outside edge to outside edge. Fortunately, the 42cm works great for me, so no need to change :)

5 5

Extra nice bar

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an excellent bar - soaks up the chop, and pretty stiff. Switched from a Ritchey Superlogic, and I like this one way better. The drop and reach are perfect - the top is almost flat, not real oblong as some other bars - but I have actually grown to like this - very comfortable.