Ritchey WCS Axis 44 stem review

Lightweight cross-country stem

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £75.00 RRP | USD $109.99
Ritchey WCS Axis 44 stem

Our review

One of the best lightweight XC options around
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This is one for the weight freaks. If you’re on a budget or ride with reckless abandon, you’d be better looking elsewhere in the range: the more basic Comp weighs 141g and will cost you a lot less.


The WCS Axis is 3D net forged from 2014 aluminium. It features a contoured face plate that, while still using four bolts, clamps closer to the centre of the bars than many other stems we’ve tested. While we’ve had no durability or stiffness issues (the boxy section probably helps with the stiffness), it’s probably not the best option if using wide bars.

Product Specifications


Name WCS Axis 44 stem (11)
Brand Ritchey

Features Options: 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130mm; wet black
Colour Black
Weight (g) 123
Available Colours Black White
Steerer Size 1 1/8
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8
Material 2014 Aluminium
Angle 6
Cap Bolts 4