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Zipp may be better known for pushing the aero limit in carbon, but alloy has been a big seller for it ever since the launch of its Service Course cockpit line. It was created for a simple but somewhat surprising reason.
Zipp and SRAM wanted to provide a complete solution for their pro teams — from wheels to components and cockpits — but many pro riders were still wary of racing with carbon bars or stems. When you need to pick yourself up off the pavement after a 50-kph crash and keep riding, many pros still feel more comfortable with alloy. So Zipp, despite its phenomenal carbon cockpits, had to create an alloy line.
Service Course grew to do much more than just fill a niche for Zipp’s pro teams; it became a huge success thanks to great prices, respectable weights, robust durability, fine looks, and really good ergonomics. For 2015, Zipp is giving the entire Service Course and Service Course SL stem and seatpost line an overhaul.
The redesign is more than just graphics, although those do get an overhaul. The Service Course SL line, the lighter, more pricey alloy matches the new Zipp wheel look more closely with high-polished black with silver laser-etched graphics or beyond black anodized with black graphics. The new SL-OS stem now uses a shim system to adjust angles from +/-4degrees, +/-6degrees or +/-8degrees and is available in 70mm to 130mm lengths. The typical SL stem comes in +/-6degrees or +/-17degrees from 70 to 130mm with a +/-6degree 140mm stem on offer, which is a pro favorite. All SL stems have been redesigned for improved stiffness and lower weight as well.
Like the SL line, the standard Service Course has been redesigned for improved stiffness-to-weight ratios and comes in a bead-blasted black with laser-etched graphics that matches the recently redesigned bar line. The +/-6degree stem covers 60mm to 130mm and a new +/-25degree stem is available in 75, 90, 105, and 120mm lengths for those looking for a higher bar set-up.
Both the new Service Course SL and Service Course seatposts come in 27.2 or 31.6 and zero or 20mm offsets and have been redesigned for easier tool access when installing and adjusting saddles.
Zipp Service Course SL-OS Stem
– 140g (100mm) - MSRP $130
Zipp Service Course SL Stem
– 125g (100mm)
– MSRP $110
Zipp Service Course Stem
– 150g (100mm)
– MSRP $55
Zipp Service Course SL Seatpost
– 220g (0mm offset), 235g (20mm offset)
– MSRP $115/€97/£83
Zipp Service Course Seatpost
– 245g (0mm offset), 270g (20mm offset)
– MSRP $55
Look for these to hit your local shops in February, and hit Zipp.com for more info.