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Ritchey WCS Mountain Stem Stem

4.1/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $109.99


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by winsail a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2012

Strengths:    Very Light seems to clamp tight

Weaknesses:    Bad engineering or bad advertisement you choose. Does not work with bars beyond 20mm rise

Bottom Line:   
I'm giving this stem low ratings because it ruined my salsa pro moto carbon riser bars. This stem probably works great with flat bars or the bars I replaced my old ones with 20mm lo rise easton carbon bars. I bought this new in the box with no warnings or directions. I had to go online in the ritchey tech section to read a pdf saying this stem may not work with all bars?! That's an understatement. I feel like the advertising should fully disclose the inability to use this stem with any bars beyond 20mm rise. I would not suggest you buy this stem unless you're using flat bars. Crank brothers cobalt 3 stem has the exact same problem. Pleae advertise these stems as limited use or re-engineer them.

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Favorite Trail:   Enchanted loop

Duration Product Used:   2 weeks

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Dealer

Similar Products Used:   FSA 0S99, Giant Carbon Stem, Crank brothers Cobalt 3, Race Face

Bike Setup:   Jamis 650b2 all custom

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by swiss4ever a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2009

Strengths:    Light,

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I've been using Ritchey's WCS stems on both MTB and road bikes for the past 5 years, nevey had a single problem. Always bought it at a local distributor, it might be worwhile sometimes to avoid the hassle of warranty if bought cheap on the net.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Local distributor

Similar Products Used:   Race Face

Bike Setup:   Giant Trace Advanced

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Al Garcia a Cross Country Rider from Ft. Laud., FL, US

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2008

Strengths:    very lite, nice graphics

Weaknesses:    weak stem, although it was tightened with a torque wrench the stem craked at the mounting bolts after a couple months of use.

Bottom Line:   
stem is very lite and has strong grab on handlebar. however, the metal used is either week or britle and cracked at the upper mounting bolt within 6 months of use. this bike is used by my girlfriend for very lite xc - no jumps. im quite dissapointed with product quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Markem

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $48.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   GT idrive 5.0, x7 drive train, cane creek zonos wheels, tekro hydro brakes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Baumann a Cross Country Rider from Madison, WI

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2005

Strengths:    Lightweight. Strong. 4-Bolt Clamp. Looks Great too

Weaknesses:    The four bolt face clamp with two seperate hinges is not as carbon friendly as I'd like. Could be stiffer, but not an issue unless in a longish legnth (>120mm)

Bottom Line:   
A great lightweight, strong stem for the money. If you plan on usin carbon bars, email Ritchey and ask them to send you a small shim to make the clamp more carbon-friendly. It's a decently stiff stem, but you can definatly tell that a Thompson Elite is stiffer.

Overall, for the weight, it is a great XC racing component.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mounds St Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Similar Products Used:   Thompson elite, Easton EA 50, Specialized flip-fop

Bike Setup:   2006 Giant XTC Composite, 21', SRAM X.o and FSA/Easton/Ritchey WCS components. Stan's wheelset, Kenda Karma tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paulo a Cross Country Rider from Coimbra, Portugal

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2005

Strengths:    Very light, great looking, strong enough for XC. The WCS colours are awesome!

Weaknesses:    The paint comes off too easily

Bottom Line:   
A great stem for weight-looneys: 75 grams less than my previous RaceFace. Beautifull, stylish, combines great with Ritchey handlebars. No problems of lack of stiffness yet whatsoever, despite some complaints I heard from some downhillers wanna-be.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $85.00

Similar Products Used:   Icon, RaceFace, ITM

Bike Setup:   Trek 9.8, Sid Race, XTR transmissions and disc-brakes, Mavic CrossMax XL, Ritchey WCS OS Stem, Ritchey WCS OS Carbon Handlebar, Bontrager X-Lite Carbon Seatpost, Ritchey V3 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michael clancy a Cross Country Rider from louisville ky

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2005

Strengths:    light, strong, does exactly what it's supposed to.

Weaknesses:    none so far and i have abused it for a year or so

Bottom Line:   
i have really abused this stem. nothing higher than five or six feet so far but it hasn't shown me any reason to worry. like i said, it does exactly what it is supposed to and it is very light. i am more worried that i am going to snap my cranks or break my bottom bracket than i am the stem is going to break. anyway, i am sure i will do it one day, but thats another review.

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Favorite Trail:   cherokee park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   from a friend

Similar Products Used:   bontrager garbage

Bike Setup:   gary fisher tass. yeti grips, marzocchi comp fork, wtb. speed-disc wheelset, hayes mx-2 brakes, ritchey comp clipless pedals, panaracer fire xc-pro tires, deore shifters/derailleur.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Graham from Perth, Australia

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Further to my review below, I regret to say that Dirt Works - Ritcheys Aussie distributor - have declined to stand by their product, implying that I damaged the stem in a stack.
Unfortunately this is par for the course. It's not for nothing that my LBS refer to them as 'Dirt Jerks'.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Graham a Weekend Warrior from Perth, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2005

Strengths:    Lightweight, looks 'blingy'

Weaknesses:    Inaccurately made



Bottom Line:   
I bought a 110mm WCS after-market a while ago now and though I felt the handle-bar/stem interface looked a little 'out', I attributed it to the vagaries of carbon bar manafacturing.
Recently I bought a new 660mm Easton riser and noticed,due to the extra length that something was definitely 'out'.
On placing a steel set-square on the inner face of the bar clamping area of the stem, I realised to my horror that it markedly offset i.e. the handle-bar was NOT perpendicular to the stem!
My LBS where I originally bought the stem have confirmed my discovery and returned it to the supplier.
As I have had the stem for nearly three years now, we await with interest their response.
If they choose not to replace it free of charge, I shall buy a Thomson - this seems to be the best out there.
I will post a brief update on the outcome. In the meantime if you're thinking of buying a WCS stem, have a damn good look at it first!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Pro stem, Ovation (Marin) stem, Non-brand OEM stuff

Bike Setup:   '99 Mount Vision with Fox Vanilla fork and shock, XT, Ritchey, Easton CNT Bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2004

Strengths:    Does what it's supposed to, and it's light.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
A stem is a stem. This stem has changed my riding for the better, but any other stem of the same geometry would have done the same.

The only major difference I can think of is that this stem does it in one of the lightest possible ways, which is always good. I'm a lightweight rider so lighter components are more important for me.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Specialized OEM stem


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sam gaver a Cross Country Rider from boonsboro, md

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2004

Strengths:    even if you paid msrp ($90), for its weight(110g @100mm), it is one of the best values if you are a gram counter.
simple and beautiful


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
it's an excellent stem if you like light weight. ritchey makes excellent stuff period. maybe a little flex, but it's so hard to tell when your shakin down a rock garden. i also have the road version (26.0 clamp diameter is the only difference) and it's solid, cost about half the price of my other similar weight stems. it's a beautiful thing.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   quality (worked in a shop)

Similar Products Used:   lots, especially for my road bikes, ti, mag, alum, steel, carbon, you name the material, ive tried it.

Bike Setup:   c-dale 21.25lbs dual susp.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Interior,BC, Can

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004

Strengths:    Light, holds well, looks ok

Weaknesses:    Those little 4mm can be tough to torgue properly (not so tight). The treads on the stem bolts can be knee shredders if yours come sticking out

Bottom Line:   
Good stem, don't overtighten the bolts. Strange bar clamp but it works fine. If the bolt threads stick out at the back of the stem, put some duct tape over them to save your skin. Thems sharp!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   OEM build

Similar Products Used:   Easton, raceface, pazzaz, titec, ...

Bike Setup:   Epic Ti 'Tirant' with Manitou, X.O., Martas (retch), Am Classic stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rex a Cross Country Rider from Palo Alto, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2003

Strengths:    Once it's on the bike, I forgot about the stem, and never have to worry about the stem.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This stem is one of the lightest stem you can find, and it can handle everything a cross country rider throws at a bike. The stem is supposed to be inactive. The fork and the front tire is absorbing all of the front end forces, so the stem just need to turn accurately and not flex. This stem certainly does not flex. The bar will flex before the stem moves. It provides a solid feel to the bike when I grab the stem to push the bike up the hill or when I need to turn the bike around. I am very happy with this stem.

The only theoretical concern is that aluminum can get catastrophic failure without warning. In that regards, a ti stem might be more reliable since it will bend, but not break. However, I had my old aluminum Ritchey stem for 12 years and it is still holding up my old Bridgestone. I am counting on the Ritchey to do the same for my Seven. Perhaps I can upgrade to a titanium stem once Seven or Moots make a lighter and more affordable stem. Until then, this is one of the most solid light stem you can get on the market.

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Favorite Trail:   Purissima

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   City Cycle of San Francisco

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Force Comp

Bike Setup:   Seven Verve, XTR, Fox F80RLT, Avid Ultimate Brakes, Speeddream wheelset, Easton EC90 bar, Chris King headset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by HTail from SF Bay area

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2003

Strengths:    Light, stiff, strong.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
As previously posted, surprisingly stiff,and strong. It defies it's weight and whispy looks. If you're not a huge person and freeriding, I think this makes for a great trail riding XC stem.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Answer, Specialized


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Racer from Newport Beach, CA

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2003

Strengths:    High quality stem with good stiffness. Install and forget part. Exceedes expectations for strength -- in XC use...

Weaknesses:    Bar clamp bolts are 3mm and require a little caution.

Bottom Line:   
I would purchase another one. My riding style is on the more extreme side of XC with lots of big climbs and technical decending.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop two years ago

Similar Products Used:   Kore, Thompson, Race Face

Bike Setup:   Turner Stinger, Avid Disc, Race Face Cranks, King ISODisc 317s, Easton Carbon Bars, Thompson Post, Manitou Skarab Super

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mervin Jumawan a Weekend Warrior from Quezon City, Philippines

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2003

Strengths:    One of the lightest MTB stem I've used; very stiff, very beautyfull nice styling.


Weaknesses:    None at the Moment

Bottom Line:   
For XC rider and Touring this Stem is really good because its so light and Stylish and tough enough for a 75 KGS guy like me jumping and going rough.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   VELO CITY

Similar Products Used:   Amoeba, KORE.

Bike Setup:   GIANT Xtc frame, all XTR2000, Asonic handle bar Mavic wheel set

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