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.