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There aren't too many components on a bike that aren't available in carbon fiber. Some of that is sex appeal but much of the ubiquity of carbon on our bikes can be attributed to the simple fact that performs exceptionally well yet is also lightweight and durable. The Zipp SLC2 Carbon Handlebar may seem like an unexpected use of carbon fiber, but in the expert hands of Zipp's engineering geniuses, it becomes the ultimate upgrade for your cockpit.

Although supremely light, these bars are stiff enough for the burliest sprinters to hammer on during that last mad dash to the line. The SLC2 bars are born out of Zipp's desire to push the possibilities of material and geometry to their limits. They have a 31.8mm diameter at the clamp area, and that diameter extends to more than 60% of the width of the bar top, making it clip-on compatible. That's why these are popular bars with triathletes who want to use a traditionally curved bar, but also demand the aero option. In fact, the Zipp SLC2 Carbon Fiber Handlebar is the only Zipp carbon bar designed for clip-on extensions, and it's compatible with the VuKaClip and your choice of VukaExtensions.

Zipp strategically redesigned the carbon laminate structure, adding strength and stiffness around the clamp area to handle the increased loads from the extensions. The larger diameter combined with the intelligent layup results in a breathtakingly strong, stiff, and light bar. Zipp also makes skillful use of its Visco-Elastic Constrained Layer Control, or VCLC, technology to absorb vibrations before they reach your hands and wrists. The key to the VCLC is a visco-elastic material sandwiched between layers of rigid carbon within the laminate. When you ride over rough roads, much of the shock is absorbed by the VCLC system, delivering a 10% reduction in vibration. And to ensure the durability of all their cutting edge technology, Zipp tests all their equipment to the EN standard +10% because the EN test is actually one of the best indicators for the lifespan of a product ridden constantly under the worst conditions.

The Zipp SLC2 Carbon Fiber Handlebar comes in sizes Short/Shallow 40, Ergonomic 42 and Traditional 44 cm when measuring from outside to outside. Zipp points out that the measurements should not be taken from the bar ends, but at the rounded point of the bars where the hoods will eventually sit.

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