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ZippContour SL Carbon Handlebar

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More comfortable than you’ve ever experienced.

Zipp calls its Contour SL Carbon Handlebar 'the stage racer's bar,' and with its range of comfort enhancing features, we're inclined to agree. The flattened tops and ovalized hooks spread the load over more of your hands for all day comfort, even on rough roads. And despite its sub-200 gram weight, the Contour SL is built to put in the miles and keep coming back for more.

Zipp designed the Contour handlebar to be stiff for precise steering, but with enough flex built in for all-day comfort. The flattened top sections provide added vibration damping over a traditional round bar. And that says nothing of the added comfort that the flattened tops provide. When you're nearing the century mark, road vibrations will have taken their toll on your hands, and the added surface area makes the tops an even more appealing place to rest your hands when you need a break from the hoods. Naturally, the flattened tops also provide an aerodynamic advantage over round bars. After all, every bit of drag adds up. And, as you'd expect, the cable routing channels yield a round profile once your bars are taped up.

As for the bar shape, Contour SL handlebars are available in Zipp's proven short and shallow bend. Th bend keeps your position in the drops similar to your position on the hoods, which makes the drops far more usable than a traditional bend handlebar. The ovalized hook spreads the load over more of your hand than a round hook, and the boost in comfort becomes more apparent the longer that your ride gets.

With a weight that's under 200 grams, you might wonder about the durability of the Contour SL handlebar. However, it was subjected to EFBe Laboratory's extensive testing, and passed with its top performance rating. Basically, these bars will hold up to their end of the bargain, so you have one less thing to worry about when you hop onto the saddle.

  • Carbon Fiber
  • Short and shallow drops
  • Not compatible with clip-on aerobars
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
carbon fiber
31.8 mm
128 mm
84.5 mm
[center-to-center] 38cm, 40cm, 42cm, 44cm
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

Claimed Weight

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[42cm] 190g

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Good Bar

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first carbon handlebar. First impression was, wow, unbelievably light compared to the aluminum bar it replaced. I've got 800ish miles on them, the shape is comfortable. On sale these were pretty incredible value.

Avg. ride time: 3h 5m per week
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Stiff and light

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like the shape and it's really lightweight and stiff. I've had a couple of instances of it slipping in the stem but I went back and applied some carbon paste and haven't had another issue.

Avg. ride time: 40m per week
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Very light, questionable build quality

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this because it's light and narrow (38 C2C). However the build quality is questionable for a product at this price. The bar tip is not evenly round (see image). I have also got a Easton EC70 which is heavier and cheaper, and its bar tip is very rounded.

Very light, questionable build quality
Unanswered Question

Is the Traditional Bend version of this bar still available (specifically 42cmm)?

Can someone please validate that this is measured O/O and not C/C?


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

40CM measures 38 cm c-c (from brake perch).
They measured 40 cm outside-outside.

Upgrade from Zipp SL-70 Ergo

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This has a similar profile to the aluminum Zipp SL-70 in terms of the compact shape and slightly flattened tops. However, the bars feel a little skinnier in the hands, and have a longer reach (1.5 cm) than the SL-70 which I think makes it easier to get a flat transition from tops to hoods. The increased reach was enough that moving the saddle slightly forward wasn't right - I had to downsize from a 110 to 100 mm stem. The carbon does a better job at absorbing road vibration than aluminum, so that is reason enough to upgrade if it is in your budget to do so.

UPDATE: I switched back to my old aluminum SL-70s. I just could not get my reach dialed in on these carbon bars, without shortening my stem, which caused other issues. Shame, because they are nice.

Upgrade from Zipp SL-70 Ergo

Comfortable. Light. Stiff.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The biggest reason I love these handlebars so much is the shape. The tops have a shape to rest your hands upon, but not like some bars out there that seem like a coffee table. Just a little bit of flatness to the top. These are light, stiff, and just plain work.

Comfortable.  Light.  Stiff.

42 or 44?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I think these bars are perfect, I just finished building an S Works Tarmac and didn't really want aero bars and did a lot of research and these bars always ended up being the best choice for me and very happy with the way they look and feel.
Now that said there is a couple of conflicting reviews on size, I wanted a 42 size center to center, when I opened the box I immediatley knew they were to small the label said 42 but they measured 42 outside to outside and 40 C to C and on the bars it said 40 C to C, even Zipp told me C to C, at one time I had $900.00 worth of bars in the mail, anyway I ended up with 44s which measure 44cm O to O and 42 C to C...

An All-Arounder

These are the perfect bar for doing it all.

Stiff in a sprint. Compact in a peloton. Easy, smooth and safe transitions from all 3 positions on the bar. Comfortable platform on top for climbing or sitting up, without being too bulky. Ultra lightweight at 190g.

Can't beat them. One of my favorite bars.

An All-Arounder

Comfortable and responsive

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the 42cm shallow model and it fits me great! Here are my impressions from 200miles of usage:

1. Stiff - They are very stiff race bars and don't cut out a lot of road chatter. Not a good option for those looking for comfort.

2. The ovalized top adds to the comfort.

3. The shallow drop has a more ergonomic (short) reach that makes moving from hoods to drops and back easy!

4. Slightly more expensive than other comparable bars, but well worth it!

One thing to remember with Zipp handlebars - Unlike other manufacturers, Zipp measures their handlebars from outside edge to outside edge, as opposed to center-to-center. So if your current bar is 40cm, then you need to buy 42cm in Zipp (go up one size).

Comfortable and responsive

Actually, the Zipp website said this bar is measured center to center.


Thanks for pointing it out. This must have changed in the last few months. When I was purchasing this, my local bike shop and even Competitive Cyclist informed me that Zipp bars are measured from outside edge to outside edge. Fortunately, the 42cm works great for me, so no need to change :)

Extra nice bar

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an excellent bar - soaks up the chop, and pretty stiff. Switched from a Ritchey Superlogic, and I like this one way better. The drop and reach are perfect - the top is almost flat, not real oblong as some other bars - but I have actually grown to like this - very comfortable.