Zipp SLC2 drop handlebar review£250.00

Race-ready and lightweight

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The SLC2 was designed for racers seeking a stiff and lightweight bar, and that’s what it delivers. By extending the oversize clamp area into the tops, Zipp have shaved excess material while maintaining stiffness.

The deep 160mm drop is comfy to hold, and helps you get down low for speed and sure-footed cornering. Isolation from road buzz is also fairly good.

Bigger hits aren’t softened as much as they are with some other carbon bars, though, due to the SLC2’s high level of stiffness.

It’s an ideal bar for stronger riders who want weight savings with minimal stiffness sacrifices.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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