Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm bar review

Flat bar offers light weight and a good width for XC and trail riders

Components
Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm bar is a great upgrade for XC and trail bikes, offering light weight and 740mm width.

Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm bar is a great upgrade for XC and trail bikes, offering light weight and 740mm width.

Lowdown: Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm Bar

Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar offers light weight and a good width for XC and trail riders. Learn more in our full review below.

Stat Box
Weight: 183 grams Price: $170
Options: 5mm rise/drop, 9-degree sweep Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Achieve low bar position, especially on 29ers, by flipping bar
  • Carbon fiber bits never cheap
  • Wide XC bar
  • Low-key, attractive graphics

Review: Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm Bar

Slacker head tube angles, longer top tubes, wider tires, wider bars, and shorter stems. These are all the rage in the mountain biking world. Modern trail bikes are more confidence inspiring than ever thanks to modern geometry measure and the latest suspension technology. But if a new bike isn’t in the cards, or if you’re looking to experiment with your existing bike, going with a wider bar and shorter stem is a great place to start.

The WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar has two sets of low-key graphics so that they are readable whether the bar is in the rise or drop position.

The WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar has two sets of low-key graphics so that they are readable whether the bar is in the rise or drop position.

Ritchey’s WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar is one of many good options for those in search of a semi-wide carbon bar. With widths for enduro and downhill bikes now exceeding 800mm, a 740mm bar doesn’t seem like a huge upgrade. But first consider your current bar’s width. On the new Niner XC dual suspension bike that I’m riding, the stock bar was 710mm. Installing Ritchey’s wider bar and a stem with a bit more rise put me in a slightly more upright position that I like for climbing and descending.

The only caveat is for those who live and ride in tight, wooded areas. During a race in Arkansas earlier this year, I was thankful for the narrower 710mm bars that came on the Niner. But back home in Colorado, the 740mm wide Ritchey bar has only been an improvement.

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About the author: Nick Legan

Nick Legan is happiest with some grease under his nails and a long dirt climb ahead. As a former WorldTour team mechanic, Legan plied his trade at all the Grand Tours, Spring Classics, World Championships and even the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In recent years, gravel and ultra-distance racing has a firm grip on Legan’s attention, but his love of mountain biking and long road rides hasn’t diminished. Originally a Hoosier, Legan settled in Boulder, Colorado, 14 years ago after finishing his time at Indiana University studying French and journalism. He served as the technical editor at VeloNews for two years and now contributes to Adventure Cyclist, Mtbr and RoadBikeReview.


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