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Zipp Contour SL Carbon Handlebar


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    • Short/Shallow, 44cm O-O/42cm C-C

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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
    • Item #ZIP0225

    Tech Specs

    carbon fiber
    31.8 mm
    128 mm
    84.5 mm
    [center-to-center] 38cm, 40cm, 42cm, 44cm
    Claimed Weight
    [42cm] 190g
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

    What do you think about this product?


    >Rating: 5

    Good Bar

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This is my first carbon handlebar. First impression was, wow, unbelievably light compared to the aluminum bar it replaced. I've got 800ish miles on them, the shape is comfortable. On sale these were pretty incredible value.

    >Rating: 4

    Stiff and light

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Like the shape and it's really lightweight and stiff. I've had a couple of instances of it slipping in the stem but I went back and applied some carbon paste and haven't had another issue.

    >Rating: 3

    Very light, questionable build quality

    Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

    I bought this because it's light and narrow (38 C2C). However the build quality is questionable for a product at this price. The bar tip is not evenly round (see image). I have also got a Easton EC70 which is heavier and cheaper, and its bar tip is very rounded.

    >Rating: 5


    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    40CM measures 38 cm c-c (from brake perch). They measured 40 cm outside-outside.

    >Rating: 5

    Upgrade from Zipp SL-70 Ergo

    Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This has a similar profile to the aluminum Zipp SL-70 in terms of the compact shape and slightly flattened tops. However, the bars feel a little skinnier in the hands, and have a longer reach (1.5 cm) than the SL-70 which I think makes it easier to get a flat transition from tops to hoods. The increased reach was enough that moving the saddle slightly forward wasn't right - I had to downsize from a 110 to 100 mm stem. The carbon does a better job at absorbing road vibration than aluminum, so that is reason enough to upgrade if it is in your budget to do so. UPDATE: I switched back to my old aluminum SL-70s. I just could not get my reach dialed in on these carbon bars, without shortening my stem, which caused other issues. Shame, because they are nice.

    >Rating: 5

    Comfortable. Light. Stiff.

    Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    The biggest reason I love these handlebars so much is the shape. The tops have a shape to rest your hands upon, but not like some bars out there that seem like a coffee table. Just a little bit of flatness to the top. These are light, stiff, and just plain work.

    >Rating: 5

    42 or 44?

    Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I think these bars are perfect, I just finished building an S Works Tarmac and didn't really want aero bars and did a lot of research and these bars always ended up being the best choice for me and very happy with the way they look and feel. Now that said there is a couple of conflicting reviews on size, I wanted a 42 size center to center, when I opened the box I immediatley knew they were to small the label said 42 but they measured 42 outside to outside and 40 C to C and on the bars it said 40 C to C, even Zipp told me C to C, at one time I had $900.00 worth of bars in the mail, anyway I ended up with 44s which measure 44cm O to O and 42 C to C...

    This is really important, thanks!


    Paired with Service Course SL Stem


    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.


    Thanks for the photo


    Zipp Contour SL Carbon Handlebar

    >Rating: 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).


    Actually, the Zipp website said this bar is measured center to center. -mb

    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 :)


    Good looks

    Flat and comfy :)

    >Rating: 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.


    Is the Traditional Bend version of this bar still available (specifically 42cmm)?


    Can someone please validate that this is measured O/O and not C/C?

    It's C/C