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.