Ritchey Hammerhead WCS Carbon aero bars review£546.00

Ultralight cockpit

BikeRadar score3/5

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.

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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