Wednesday, August 22, 2007 11.00pm
Like the ITM Over 5, this is a great-looking minimum rise bar with the sort of obvious shiny-lacquered carbon wrap that seduces buyers. Given its price, it needs to.
The weave and wrap is "tuned to provide torsional strength and vibration damping... reinforced internally to accept bar ends and shifter/lever clamps." That might sound like a good thing for any handlebar, but we've come across some superlight bars that are not warrantied for use with bar ends. Like the rest of Ritchey's WCS (World Championship Series) bars, it's only available with the oversized clamp area, which is textured to reduce the risk of bar slippage within the stem. Look out for this handy feature on other shiny carbon bars.
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