Zipp Contour SL bar/SL145 stem - in brief review£439.98

Complete carbon road cockpit

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This top-of-the-range, road bike cockpit from Zipp combines the super-light Contour SL handlebar and full carbon SL145 stem. 

The stem is hugely stiff in its resistance to twisting, and matches superbly with the forgiving nature of the handlebar; one of our testers described the feeling as being as comfortable as a couch, but a couch that’s been bolted to the floor. 

On the road it balances a great connection with the steering with a superb ability to kill any buzz from poor road surfaces. The only downside is that it’s a premium priced road cockpit, but if your budget can stretch there is little to match Zipp’s all-carbon bar/stem pair. 

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 188cm / 6'2''
  • Weight: 92kg / 203lb
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 112cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK

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