One caveat, I don't know how well the Ritchey C260 clamp will do with, say, carbon bars that have a torque limitation of 3Nm. I get the impression that the uneven clamp force might not sit will with the 'black stuff' without resorting to some metal reinforcement for the clamping surface on the bars. A bar clamp with two equal degrees of clamping surface has so far proven best for carbon bars.
What I would actually like is to see an even lighter and stiffer stem come to the market, say, 80g for 120mm...
The clamp shape also lends its self to finding an even contact patch...
The overall quality seems pretty nice. And they feel lighter in hand than I would have thought. The carbons will be a little heavier than metal but with more stiffness...
Actually that kinda applies to all bike stuff these days, no ones come out with anything better for years just stuff that looks different
The Ritchey WCS 4axis stuff was/is classic and works great. But, like so many companies (ie Selle Italia messing with the original Flite and not the SLR....) they feel they have to change something to keep sales going.
Bummer that it won't fit the PRO Vibe bars. I have the PRO Vibe bars on my personal bike and love the look and graphics of the new Ritchey stems.
laager wrote:djconnel wrote:These are really nice mass numbers for 31.8 mm from a company known for its honesty.
OK. You buy one if you like it so much. We'll see how honest Ritchey is when turns out a market flop. Even OEMs aren't going to like it because of the risk of scratching bars during installation and the extra steps required during assembly.
You sound like you've never lived through the era of Cinelli 1A and XA stems ??
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