Zipp launch SL-70 Aero handlebar

New carbon-fibre bar combines aerodynamic performance with high stiffness, according to Zipp

by Mat Brett   March 10, 2014  

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Zipp is launching an aero version of its SL-70 handlebar that’s made from unidirectional carbon fibre.

If you think the SL-70 Aero looks a lot like Zipp’s VukaSprint, you’d be right, it does. But whereas the VukaSprint is not compatible with early electronic shift systems or with Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical components, Zipp say that the SL-70 Aero bar is compatible with all mechanical brake/gear systems and all electronic gear systems.

Zipp also say that the SL-70 is 30% stiffer than a VukaSprint bar... and you know how fond we are of a performance-related statistic or two here at road.cc. Speaking of which...

According to Zipp, “A traditional round-tube handlebar top creates drag of about 0.74 Newtons, which we found requires about 7.5 watts of effort at 30mph (48.3kph) to overcome. The SL-70 Aero exhibits just 0.11N of drag, which means a savings of 6.4 watts over a round bar.”

6.4 watts, eh? That's what they're saying. We've not even seen the bars in the flesh, still less taken them to the wind tunnel, so we're just reporting the claim rather than verifying it.

The drop distance is 128mm and the reach is 70mm so it’s a pretty compact option. The drop sweeps out 4° to provide enough wrist clearance.

The SL-70 Aero, which has already been raced this year by the Omega Pharma–Quick-Step pro team, uses the Rapid Routing system that Zipp originally developed for its Vuka Stealth integrated aero system, for internal cable routing.

It is available in 38, 40, 42 and 44cm widths (measured centre to centre) and weighs 240g (in the 42cm width), according to Zipp. It isn’t compatible with clip-on aero bars.

The SL-70 Aero is available this month at £266.

For more info go to www.zipp.com.

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Seems legit.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
10th March 2014 - 21:43

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2 set of handle bars =1 BTwin e bike..... That must be magic carbon. I think manufacturers are taking the piss with there pricing. I know my comparison is a little out of kilter but come on it posh plastic you could probably buy gold by the kg for less.

Yes they do look nice Big Grin

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posted by Beefy [107 posts]
10th March 2014 - 22:19

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Beefy wrote:
2 set of handle bars =1 BTwin e bike..... That must be magic carbon. I think manufacturers are taking the piss with there pricing. I know my comparison is a little out of kilter but come on it posh plastic you could probably buy gold by the kg for less.

Yes they do look nice Big Grin

You don't have to buy it...
FWIW gold for the same weight would come in at just over £6000.

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posted by glynr36 [258 posts]
11th March 2014 - 0:45

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How would you wrap a bar like this? Would you leave the tops exposed a bit or just wrap them as normal bars?

posted by Jacob [36 posts]
11th March 2014 - 1:10

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Wrap to just behind the hoods, personal pref really. I recently bought the ENVE aero road bars and iv wrapped to just behind the hood to the bend to cushion the heel of my hand

posted by beej.a [40 posts]
11th March 2014 - 7:29

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'How would you wrap a bar like this'

Something plain but classy. Maybe a ribbon. No bow.

posted by andyp [793 posts]
11th March 2014 - 10:24

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How are the Enve aero bars - love the look of their kit but wondered if it works as well as it looks?

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posted by OsPeregringo [35 posts]
11th March 2014 - 11:38

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andyp wrote:
'How would you wrap a bar like this'

With gold Wink

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posted by Beefy [107 posts]
12th March 2014 - 21:30

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