Back-in-the-day, a young Tom Ritchey was inspired to build a one-piece steel handlebar and stem after a slipped bar cost him a top result in the Repack Downhill, the now-famous “klunker” race on Mt. Tamalpais in California’s Marin County that helped give birth to the mountain bike.
The original bars on the original bike–Ritchey is bringing Bullmoose back. Photo courtesy of Ritchey Design
As Ritchey went into production of his own bikes in 1979, he debuted the iconic Bullmoose, a one-piece steel bar and stem that couldn’t slip and was much stiffer than anything on the market at the time.
Thirty-five odd years later, he’s introducing the Bullmoose again–this time in carbon. Available in three widths and six “stem” lengths, the $300 WCS Carbon Bullmoose is equal parts nostalgia and performance. OK, maybe it’s more nostalgia than anything, but it should look sweet on retro-styled mountain bikes, and we expect to see it on numerous bikes at next year’s North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show.
Ritchey WCS Carbon Bullmoose One-Piece Handlebar/Stem
- 720mm wide, 70mm stem
- 730mm wide, 80mm stem
- 740mm wide, 90, 100, 110mm stem
- Weight: 280g (730x80mm)
- MSRP: $299.95
For more information visit ritcheylogic.com.