Ritchey Carbon Classic handlebar review£134.99

Old-school shape meets modern materials

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Theres a very slight sweep rearwards on this bar from the stem to the first bend. It’s barely noticeable though, and quite why it’s there isn’t really clear.

Aside from that quirkiness, this is a traditionally shaped bar, but made from carbon composites soit's very light but very stiff, with enough low-load deflection to allow the road buzz and minor bumps to be damped out quite well. 

The gripper section for the brake/shift levers isn’t big enough, though. If you run Campagnolo Ergo brake/shift levers and like them mounted higher up, then you’ll need to use a layer of tape because they’ll slip around on these bars.

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