Ritchey Carbon Classic handlebar review

Old-school shape meets modern materials

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £134.99 RRP
Ritchey Carbon Classic

Our review

Very light, high quality bar with a wonderful old-school shape
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Carbon Classic
Brand Ritchey

Weight (g) 212
Depth Of Drop 150
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8
Material Alloy
Handlebar Groove Type Single
Width (Centre to Centre) 40/42/44