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Drop handlebars used to have one shape. Period. Now, there are countless styles to choose from -- anatomic, short reach, double-bend, just to name a few.
The Zipp Service Course SL-88 is a traditional bend drop bar. A replacement for the Service Course SL-TB, it is a strong, lightweight aluminum bar. Regardless of the popularity of carbon for both weight and 'bling' factor, aluminum has not lost its appeal. It provides strong sprinters with security as they grip the bars and drive the bike forward with thousands of watts. It also adds a few extra ounces to an ultralight bike that may not otherwise meet UCI weight requirements.
Because aluminum remains popular among all levels of riders, Zipp designs its Service Course with fit and durability that compete with similar carbon bars. The SL-88 was designed with a round section tubing featuring an 88mm reach and a 130mm drop with a round bend. The round bend allows ample room to position hands while in the drops. Additionally, the round bend has only a slight 20 degree angle -- levers may be positioned in several positions to accommodate different styles of riding. There is no need to rotate your bars toward the heavens to get that perfect fit.
The Zipp Service Course SL-88 Handlebars are available in 3 widths from 40cm-44cm measured center to center, and each pair fits a 31.8mm stem. They come in two colors: Polished Black, a high gloss finish with white logos, or Beyond Black, a matte black with etched logos for a stealthy look.
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- Q & A
Tradition, tradition! Tradition!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If only I could come up with appropriate lyrics to rewrite the Matchmaker song from Fiddler on the Roof.
I've always loved traditional bars, and to my hands, these have the perfect reach, the perfect drop, and absolutely the perfect curves. The only quibble is that aluminium bars with oversized 31.8mm clamp diameter (yeah, I know it's the new "standard") are much stiffer than they used to be, which means that a slightly thicker bar tape or a more padded glove might be required to keep your hands from getting beat up by road shock, especially if your roads are chip seal, rather than asphalt.
That still hasn't deterred me from putting these bars on multiple bikes though.