Ritchey WCS Rizer Mountain handlebar review

Upswept lightweight riser bar

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Rizer is an upswept, elbow-raising motocross-style bar from one of the longest established mountain bike accessory brands, Ritchey.

It works better on the bike than in your spellchecker, but some riders took a while to adjust to it and others never took to it at all, so check the shape before you buy. 

With a taper early in the bend and triple-butted build, it’s a relatively pliable and comfortable bar, which makes it great for longer rides.

Its 26in width gives more control than most original equipment bars (those supplied with a bike) without adding excess weight or leading to tree tangling problems. A lack of trim marks makes it awkward to cut symmetrically if it is too wide, though.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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