Ritchey Carbon Classic handlebar review

Old-school shape meets modern materials

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£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.

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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. 

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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

Product

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