Ritchey WCS Rizer Handlebar

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)
Weight : 240 grams MSRP : $99.95

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Product Description

Get high. That's the message sent with the laid-back Ritchey WCS OS Rizer bar. It has a generous rise for aluminum bars and sweeps back a good bit. The triple-butted aluminum Ritchey employs is about as light as aluminum can go while still being strong. And even with such thin tubing walls, the bars are strong enough to work with bar ends -- if you wanted to. The Ritchey WCS Rizer Bar comes in a 31.8 diameter. It is 660mm wide, with a 9 degree sweep, a 6 degree bend, and 30mm rise. Ritchey recommends using only Ritchey or Syncros stems with this bar, as any others will void the warranty. The bar is made from seamless TRX50 triple-butted aluminum. It is bead-blasted and anodized for better fatigue strength. 240g.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by CaptDan a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2013

Strengths:    Looks great ("Wet Red"), durable paint, pretty light for an aluminum riser bar.

Weaknesses:    Had to force-fit it into a Ritchey C260 stem, scuffing the finish.
Gimmicky "traction" finish on the center of the bar does NOT aid stem clamping.
Ritchey Carbon bars are a tempting option.

Bottom Line:   
I have to admit, I bought these bars for the awesome Wet Red color. The fact that they are fairly light and feel quite durable were just bonuses!

Ritchey chooses to finish the center section of their bars with a sort of "traction" finish, supposedly to aid the clamping bond to the stem. In fact, it does just the opposite, reducing the contact area between the two components, and leaving you grimacing as you risk over-tightening the screws on the stem, trying to keep the bars from rotating.
A better place for that finish would be where the grips are fitted, like many motorcycle handlebars.

Sadly, where the Ritchey Carbon bars slide easily into Ritchey's excellent C260 stem, the painted version has to be forced into the stem. I bought 2 bars and 2 stems and they ALL became stuck when trying to fit them together. Ritchey's customer service was completely unaware of the issue and of no help.
I eventually took them to the LBS (who sells and runs this combo) and they lubed the bars and forced them into place, mildly scuffing & scaring the finish on the bars. Their comment? "It's a mountain bike, it's gonna get scratched up anyway!"

Whatever. I still really like the bars, but if color isn't a deciding factor for you, a few more $$ will let you step up to the excellent, lighter Ritchey Carbon bar.

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Favorite Trail:   Stony Creek, Michigan

Duration Product Used:   50 miles

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Paint Creek Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Origin8

Bike Setup:   Ritchey WCS Rizer bars
Ritchey WCS C260 stem
Ritchey WCS 85mm barends
TAG grips
Shimano XT shifters and brakes

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Viacheslav Andzhich a Racer

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2012

Strengths:    Durable, comfort, nice look, price

Weaknesses:    Too heavy for XC bar

Bottom Line:   
Have completed full racing season on this bar, no problems at all, but want to replace it with something lighter

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