Ritchey Hammerhead WCS Carbon aero bars £546

Ultralight cockpit

BikeRadar score 3/5

This minimalist cockpit is lightweight, but it’s low on adjustability and high on price. The carbon fibre base bar is dead flat across both the teardrop wing section and the hand horns, which means tape is essential on the ends to stop handslip in wet weather. They’re very stiff though, and the grooved external cable routing is easier to set up than full internal sets.

The twin-bolt hooked clamps mount the U-section carbon pad cups directly on top and the extensions underneath the bar for low height, minimal weight and combined sideways adjustment. Only the angle of the pads can be adjusted though, so the extensions will always be in line with your arms unless you twist the S-shape inwards. Other extensions are cheaper than the Ritchey ones too.

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