Zipp Service Course SL-70 XPLR handlebar review

Expertly designed gravel handlebar that's well-suited to a variety of terrain

Zipp SL-70 XPLR gravel bars out on the trails
(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Supremely comfortable and lightweight, the Zipp Service Course SL-70 XPLR excels as an all-road handlebar. Its short and shallow dimensions feel great, allowing you to move from the hoods to the drops with ease, never having to sacrifice control. When in the drops the amount of flair is well-measured; enough extra width to improve control without affecting the position on the hoods. In the increasingly competitive gravel and all-road market, these handlebars stand out from the crowd.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable across a variety of hand positions

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    Degree of flair suited to on and off-road riding

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    Lightweight - 260g for 42cm

Reasons to avoid
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Zipp’s SL-70 XPLR handlebar forms part of the wider XPLR range, a gravel and adventure-focused line-up from SRAM and its family of brands. Zipp says the flared handlebar is created to match the demands of today’s rider, "from a two hour training ride to a 200-mile gravel adventure" - we take a look at how it compares to the best gravel bike handlebars.

Zipp SL-70 XPLR handlebars - the construction

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