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Item # FSA0253

Less drop, more miles.

Oh the magic of carbon. It's hard to believe that we ever rode without it, and unlike other materials, its construction technology continues to advance. To stay at the front of pack, you need a handlebar at the forefront of innovation, and the FSA SL-K Compact Carbon Handlebar is that handlebar. Utilizing a forgiving, shallow design, the SL-K Compact delivers a rigid and direct ride quality at a race-ready overall weight. 

FSA's SL-K Compact Handlebar is made from a blend of unidirectional carbon fiber and Kevlar. Formed in a continuous, one-piece construction, the reinforced carbon design provides a heightened rigidity for explosive sprints and predictable handling. Additionally, the carbon weave dampens road vibration while the Kevlar offers durable strength that reduces material fatigue. The engineered result is simple -- the S-LK Carbon handlebar will remain stiffer, longer. These attributes have been further accentuated by the implementation of a double-width single cable groove along the bar. The composite composition creates a thicker inner wall then you see on K-Force, and that's where the few extra grams generate from. However, the second blade of the sword shows that the SL-K's thicker construction greatly increases its resistance to fatigue.

The S-LK Compact Carbon features reinforced and textured clamping areas for the attachment of the levers and stem. This treatment prevents slippage, and helps to maintain the life of the bars. FSA has also widened the center section to 120mm in order to allow the addition of clip-on aero extensions or any combination of accessories. To achieve an agreeable shape, fit for long days in the drops or on the hoods, FSA has designed the S-LK Compact with a moderate 125mm drop, 80mm reach, and 2 degree outward bend. And to ensure a consistent fit and ride quality for every rider, these dimensions vary in scale by each of the three widths available. The bar also offers internal cable routing, not only for a sleek aesthetic, but also for an unencumbered hand position.

The FSA SL-K Compact Carbon Handlebar is available in 40, 42, and 44cm widths. Please note that this bar is only compatible with 31.8mm clamp diameter stems.

  • Carbon fiber and Kevlar construction
  • Reinforced and textured clamping areas
  • Internal cable routing
  • 31.8mm diameter
  • 125mm drop
  • 4 degree sweep

Tech Specs

Uni-directional carbon fiber/ Kevlar monocoque
31.8 mm
125 mm
80 mm
40 cm, 42 cm, 44 cm
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Ok but don't like the angle of the tops

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've tried ALOT of different carbon handlebars trying to find just the right one and this is close. Lever reach is good and I like the shape of the drops. My only issue is with the flattened tops which are not parallel to the drops. The result is that instead of a neutral, horizontal position, the tops end up angled back toward the rider which I don't find comfortable. I had this same problem with the K-Force bars.

Avg. ride time: 33m per week
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Comfortable and beautiful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfortable shape. Really smooths out rough roads and chip-seal. Great hand positions. Shallow drop is great for comfortable extended time in the drops. Good value.

Avg. ride time: 9h 52m per week
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Race them on my cx bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely no complaints. Solid and durable.