Ritchey goes back to the future with WCS Carbon Bullmoose handlebar/stem combo

Iconic, Repack-inspired cockpit reborn in carbon

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2015 Ritchey WCS Carbon Bullmoose

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.

Ritchey Bullmoose Historic

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
  • Sizes:
    • 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.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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