Ritchey WCS Carbon Interval base bar review£285.00

Super-aggressive bar

BikeRadar score2.5/5

These belligerent base bars are super-aggressive in shape and stiffness, but seriously spendy. With their dropped shoulders and dead-straight hand sections the Intervals will get you down much lower than most clip-ons.

The oversized carbon construction won’t flex or waggle either, however hard your wrestle your shoulders against the gear. At 196g they’re also impressively light.

They don’t allow much sideways scope for clip-on adjustment, though, and the hand grips will definitely need to be taped for safety. They’re about £100 more expensive than equivalent bars from Easton and others 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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