Years ago, it all went black. Not in a physical sense, but in terms of bicycle components. Whether anodized aluminum or carbon fiber, black or dark colors have remained popular on bike builds for some time. But everything comes back around again, right?

Zipp brightens up the Service Course with new silver color option for components Zipp brightens up the Service Course with new silver color option for components

If you’re looking to add a classy touch to finish off your build, then check out the new Silver Service Course aluminum line from Zipp. Along with the Nano Silver Blast anodized color change, there are a few updates to the cockpit group to keep it as an excellent option while keeping the price down.

Zipp brightens up the Service Course with new silver color option for components

Available in four different options, silver handlebars will be offered in the Service Course 80, 70 Ergo, 80 Ergo, and the 70 XPLR. The 70 & 80 Ergo have a 70 and 80mm reach respectively, and 128mm or 125mm drop. Ergo bars have a flat top plus a 3° backsweep for comfort, while the standard 80 bar has a round top and more traditional profile.

Zipp brightens up the Service Course with new silver color option for components

The Service Course 70 XPLR adds a wider, flared profile with a 70mm reach, 3° backsweep at the tops, and a 5° flare and 11° outsweep at the drops. All of the Silver Service Course bars are priced at $55 each.

Zipp brightens up the Service Course with new silver color option for components

To get that matching look, pair those bars with the Silver Service Course stem. Equipped with a new faceplate and body geometry for increased stiffness and hassle free installation, the stems are offered in +/-6° and 25° rise models with a 31.8mm clamp to match the bars, and are priced at $56.

Zipp brightens up the Service Course with new silver color option for components

Finally, the Service Course Seatpost will round out the silver package. Available in 0 or 2mm offsets, the posts have a simple yet effective two bolt clamp and come in 27.2 & 31.6mm diameters with a 350mm length.

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19 comments

  1. stevie on

    shot-peened silver ano is half the reason things went black. polished or tumbled clear ano(ie paul) should really be all that is tolerated from aftermarket companies at this point, but apparently progress isn’t linear and you can’t buy taste. i do not look forward to seeing high end frames saddled with this walmart looking stuff just because it has zipp printed on it.

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    • Harrison Gregoire on

      I agree. I personally hate the shot-peened look, regardless of colour, but silver makes it look extra cheap. I think it looks unfinished, or depending on the roughness of the surface- corroded.

      That said- it’s nice to see some variety in terms of component style from a mainstream brand. I’m sick of seeing full-black bikes with skin-wall tires. If bike makers want to cash in on retro aesthetics, might as well go a bit further.

      The only argument I see for the rough finish is price. These parts would be double the cost if they were polished. But why bother getting these parts down to this price point? Anyone looking to swap new parts onto their bike probably wants a bit of an upgrade, not just the colour change. This stuff is really no better than what most entry level bikes come with.

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      • Dominic on

        The other reason is fatigue resistance. The bending, the heat treatment, and also polishing induce stresses into the surface of alu. Shot peening allows them to tell their lawyers that they will last n-hours

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      • Nic on

        I’d argue that at the very least, the shape of the Zipp bars is excellent compared to the unusable bends many entry level bikes come with. . .
        Shape is a personal preference of course, but some drop shapes on cheap OEM bars are uncomfortable to grip and make the reach to your levers akward for your fingers.

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  2. Carlo Dy on

    I recently installed the silver Salsa Cowchipper bars to get that shiny silver look, but was then immediately disappointed to find out that all the logos and markings are just printed on. One install and removal of my headlight removed part of the logo. So for the fans of shiny silver, I can’t 100% recommend the Salsa bars.

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