Ritchey WCS Wet White handlebar review£63.62

Champion stripes but not our choice

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Ritchey’s WCS kit earned its World Championship stripes when most of us were in nappies but despite being common as original equipment, this bar isn't a great aftermarket buy.

Despite a relatively narrow width it’s not particularly light. It is stiff though, and gives a less swept position than many other bars, making it popular with testers who liked an aggressive old-school, forward-hand feel.

The upswept outer sections take time to get used to though, and got consistently low comfort scores from our test panel.

Control space is also limited and price is very high for the average performance, but a choice of finishes makes it easy to co-ordinate with your frame or other bits.

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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