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Zipp innovation creates gravel bar with control and flare

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 9:22am
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ZIPP SERVICE COURSE SL 70 XPLR drop handlebar

Bike component specialist Zipp has engineered its way around the common problem of oddly positioned hoods and levers on flared handlebars.

Gravel and adventure bike riders are increasingly on the look out for wide drop bars for their improved control when off-road compared to the typically narrow drops on tarmac-only bikes.

And with less emphasis on aerodynamics, all-road bike designers have more freedom to explore more comfortable riding positions for challenging trails and mixed terrains.

ZIPP SERVICE COURSE SL 70 XPLR drop handlebar gravel bike

But while flared bars have soared in popularity, the exaggerated angles can make brakes and shifters awkward to grip.

It’s this issue Zipp has tackled with its latest all-road bars – the Service Course SL 70 XPLR and Service Course 70 XPLR.

With a 5 degree flare (flare is the rotation of the entire drop from above the brake perch) and 11 degree outsweep (rotation below the brake perch), Zipp’s latest bars now give access to the levers from the hoods while remaining wide enough for precision-control on technical descents.

ZIPP SERVICE COURSE SL 70 XPLR drop handlebar gravel bike

According to Zipp, wrists remain in a neutral position while on the hoods despite the degree of flare – perfect for riders who stay on the hoods most of the time.

The drops, meanwhile, are about 6cm wider than the hoods position for technical or intense riding.

ZIPP SERVICE COURSE SL 70 XPLR drop handlebar gravel bike

Both models feature 70mm reach, 115mm drop, a 3 degree backsweep, 100mm of clamping area for your computer or GPS, and are Di2 bar end junction compatible.

The only real difference between both models is the weight, with the SLs 45g lighter than the standard Service Course 70 XPLR.

Along with the innovative design, you also get Zipp quality construction and the functional ergonomics the company is known for.

Both bars will be available at Chain Reaction Cycles soon.

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