Calling all alloy bikes, calling all alloy bikes — this is the seatpost you’ve been waiting for. With a comfort-tuned design that’s also lightweight, the new Zipp Service Course SL Carbon Seatpost is a no-brainer for gravel bikes, alloy bikes or anyone else looking to add a touch of comfort for very little money.
Zipp Service Course SL Carbon Seatpost Features:
- Alloy head is compatible with all saddle rails
- Available in 0 or 20-degree setbacks
- 400mm length (perfect for compact frames)
- Available in 25.4, 27.2, and 31.6mm diameters
- Passes MTB-level safety tests
- 100mm minimum insert and 7nm seat rail torque
- Weight: 250 grams (actual, 20-degree)
- MSRP: $160
Comfort is the SL Carbon’s middle name
Carbon seatposts are game-changers for many bikes — especially those with compact frame geometries where more of the seatpost extends out from the seat clamp of the frame. That extended length of material is best served with a carbon post like the Zipp Service Course SL Carbon because of the added fore/aft flex and chatter reducing characteristics of carbon fiber.
When introduced to the new Service Course SL lineup, there was a heavy emphasis on gravel bikes with a nod towards helping further improve the ride. But, the SL Carbon seatpost will equally help any bike become more comfortable.
Installing a saddle on the all-new clamping head is a breeze with both bolts easily-reached and torqued using the Park Tool Adjustable Torque Wrench. I did notice, however, that the bottom cradle can get off-center while the bolts are loose. Keep an eye on that to ensure it torques down in the proper position (right in the center).
I installed the SL Carbon seatpost on the Niner RLT 9 gravel bike. It’s an alloy frame with compact geometry, which left me with a good length of exposed seatpost. The amount exposed will vary based on your frame and saddle height, but in general the more exposed the more deflection you’ll experience.
There is enough deflection that you can feel it working, but it never detracts from putting power down. I’ve definitely appreciated that as I’ve pushed myself on long climbs and sprints. You don’t get that pogo sensation that can happen with some seatposts featuring high amounts of deflection.
Note: The prior alloy Service Course SL seatpost was great, but the new carbon version is better in every way and should be making its way into retailers soon.
- Added comfort you can feel
- Incredible value
- Accessible bolts for easy saddle torquing
- Works with any rail shape
- Simple, straightforward head
- It is a touch heavier than comparable seatposts
The Bottom Line: Zipp Service Course SL Carbon Seatpost
As one of the easiest upgrades you could order up for your bike, the Zipp Service Course SL Carbon Seatpost will deliver measurable comfort without breaking the bank. It looks great, is available in zero or 20mm setback and will fit about any modern road or gravel frame on the market.
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