All roads leads to the need for greater comfort and control
Zipp's solution to the challenge of mixed terrain rides is the Service Course SL 70 XPLR. The bar's name exemplifies the desire to explore the world with an expanded definition of cycling on a drop-bar bicycle - from paved roads onto gravel, mud, dirt, and even single track.
Crafted from lightweight and tough 7050 aluminum, Service Course SL 70 XPLR help you go faster by placing your body, starting with your hands, in an optimal comfort zone position for hours of rough riding.
Today's riders demand a few things out of their cockpit, whether they are doing a two-hour training ride or a 200+-mile gravel adventure: comfort, control, and the ability to carry what they need. Zipp met these needs by creating a bar with shallow and wide drops, specifically focusing on two crucial metrics - outsweep and flare.
On a modern all-road bike a highly flared bar causes the brake hoods to be laid over toward their sides, creating ergonomic issues when riding on the brake hoods. Zipp'ss design team sought to develop a new-generation all-road bar for the hoods-dominant position favored by riders today, with the drops optimized for control in high-speed gnarly situations when the hammer drops.
After extensive research and testing, its design team pinpointed a construction with an ideal 5° flare and 11° outsweep. The bar's drop shape features popular 70mm reach, but the drop is a shallower 115mm. The result is improved comfort and control.
The 70 XPLR also features an ergonomic top with an extended 100mm clamping area for computer mounts, aero-extensions, bags, Di2® bar end junction compatibility and whatever else you may need for the long haul.
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Great gravel bar
Santa Cruz, CA
The Zipp Service Course bar is a very comfortable upgrade for my gravel bike. I bought it for the slight sweep, which has proven very comfortable for my wrists while riding the hoods.
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