Ritchey WCS 4-Axis Wet White Stem
Identical to the anodized WCS 4-Axis stem but in a Wet White finish. The wet white gives the stem a gloss finish which is durable and matches UD carbon perfectly. An excellent choice when paired with carbon bars or a Ritchey Wet Black alloy handlebar. The wet finish is durable and cleans up well.
When the Ritchey WCS 4-Axis stem was first introduced, it was considered by many to be the perfect stem. So much so, it has not changed since its initial release. Not only was it the lightest stem ever produced but super stiff and reliable as well. When you think it through, these are the core requirements of a stem and most components: to be light, stiff and reliable. A components that produces day in and day out without issue, and that is exactly what the WCS 4-Axis succeeds and excels in doing.
The 4-Axis ushered in many design features that should be required for a contemporary stem. The fork steerer clamp has a slot that is cut on a bias(angle) with opposing bolts to allow the stem to be secured with less torque. This makes clamping the stem to a lightweight carbon or butted alloy steerer tube safe and hassle-free. The shaft and steerer clamp are 3D net cold forged from 2014 alloy to provide unmatched strength to weight ratio. This process is the reason for the stem being so incredible light, yet so incredible stiff at the same time. The face plate is forged and contoured to offer complete contact with the handlebar to provide strength and optimize stress distribution. Another plus if you are using carbon bars. All bolts on the stem are constructed from stainless steel and have tapered heads.
The finish of the product is a 'wet-look' gloss coated body with a wet black face plate. Simple but effective graphics add a small amount of contrast to the primarily white stem. The Ritchey logo is 2 sided, so it reads correctly no matter which way you choose flip the stem.
Ritchey offers the WCS 4-Axis in a wide variety of sizes ranging from 90mm-130mm, all in either 73° or 84° rise options. The clamp diameter is 31.8mm.