FSA vs ZIPP finishing kit

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roadchallenge
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by roadchallenge

Hi,

Building a race/ride (gravel/cx) rig and can't decide between two finishing kits, my research led me to believe these two sets have stiffest stems, and most comfortable seat-posts, and the handlebar shape i prefer the most (125mm/80mm/44mm):


FSA Energy Compact Alloy Handlebar
FSA K-FORCE seatpost SB25
FSA SL-K stem
color: red/white, kind of like it.


Zipp Service course SL stem
Zipp SL speed carbon seatpost
Zipp Service Course SL-80
color: beyond black


Does anyone have anything to say something against either of those performance?
Is FSA OS-99 CSI a noodle stem?

P.S.

I'm riding Campagnolo grouppo, is it kind of "no-no" to pair Campy with Zipp ?


P.S.S

Have to shame Easton since they just don't get back to me for warranty at all and harder to reach than ever, plus a warning for people who want to buy easton.

Had major problems with Easton, and couldn't ride for month basically because their products just doesn't work as advertised.
1) Easton EA70 sl wheelset, manufacturing fault, spacer on freehub was 2mm smaller, hence preloaded cassette against j-bend spokes, and it wont spin....
2) separately purchased Easotn EA90 stems (2012 and 2017 years) super slips with Easton EA70 bars and EC90 SLX. Two stems in a row just don't work.

No wonder 0 Easton at TDF and other events, even rock-lobster Easton sponsored team doesn't ride their stems, suspicious.

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by wheelsONfire

I would guess both Ergon CF-3 and Syntace P6 carbon hiflex hammer those seat posts when it comes down to comfort.
(Check both companies web and info for closer insight)

When it comes down to handlebar, buy what you like most talking fit/ergo.
When i comes to stem, what you like most.
Both brands stems will work just fine.
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by simoncx

roadchallenge wrote:Hi,

Is FSA OS-99 CSI a noodle stem?

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I have fsa k-force seatposts and os-99 csi stems on my cross bikes with zipp sl70 ergo bars and it's plenty stiff, any stiffer and I think it would be too harsh for very rough courses. I noticed some sites say it was a noodle stem but personally I don't see it. The seatpost is very nice and is really close to ritchey's flexlogic in terms of ride.

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by jeffy

on energy vs sl-80.

the bars have a similar shape / bend. however ....

energy tops are egg shaped (that i find hugely more comfortable) and assuming the SL-80 is the same (just lighter) as the service course 80 there is a notch towards the end of the bend that happens to be exactly where i like to place me hands.

roadchallenge
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by roadchallenge

Thanks guys this is very helpful, i think i will go with fsa it seems like you can't go wrong with either of those.
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roadchallenge
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by roadchallenge

wheelsONfire wrote:I would guess both Ergon CF-3 and Syntace P6 carbon hiflex hammer those seat posts when it comes down to comfort.


Definitely considering CF3, although I want to keep it "in the family" for looks too, its quite goofy though but looks like the most comfy out there. I think Syntace is less comfy than FSA according to reviews on the web.

Thanks!

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by wheelsONfire

Don't of FSA seatpost, but the Syntace i have.
It offers very wide range of saddle movement and if you want to test the damping of this seat post, simply stand on pedals and fall down on saddle
(bad description, but i hope you get what i mean?)
You clearly notice how it flexes. When you ride though, you don't really notice.
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by Shmitt

wheelsONfire wrote:Don't of FSA seatpost, but the Syntace i have.
It offers very wide range of saddle movement and if you want to test the damping of this seat post, simply stand on pedals and fall down on saddle
(bad description, but i hope you get what i mean?)
You clearly notice how it flexes. When you ride though, you don't really notice.


About syntace seatpost - Can I mount saddle with oval rails on Syntace?

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Shmitt wrote:
wheelsONfire wrote:Don't of FSA seatpost, but the Syntace i have.
It offers very wide range of saddle movement and if you want to test the damping of this seat post, simply stand on pedals and fall down on saddle
(bad description, but i hope you get what i mean?)
You clearly notice how it flexes. When you ride though, you don't really notice.


About syntace seatpost - Can I mount saddle with oval rails on Syntace?


No problem, you can use any kind of rail.
I have many saddles and a few of them have oval rails.
Also size of the rails doesn't matter, they all work.
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