Ritchey WCS Streem II Handlebar
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Aerodynamic, wing-top handlebars alway differ from carbon cousins. Shapes, strength and transitions in carbon cannot be matched by alumnium, but you can get many of the best features for less than half the price, and that makes Ritchey's WCS Streem II Handelbar a near steal. Ritchey's Streem bar used to have a longer reach and more backsweep, but as shifter set-ups and body design have evolved, such bars now have a shorter reach, a little less back sweep, and the aerodynamics fall within UCI guidelines. The Ritchey WCS Streem II Handlebar is a perfect example of this evolution.
The number one feature of the Streem II is the aero top section. The UCI compliant aero form is 38mm deep, and 22.5mm tall, which still offers a slightly ovalized top surface that is both aerodynamic and comfortable for those more upright riding positions, such as on a long climb. The anatomic drops have been optimized with large sections and better angles for most riders. The drop itself measures 128mm in all sizes. The new, shorter reach is 78mm in all sizes, perfect for today's levers. The gentle subtle back sweep is less noticeable, but helps keep your wrists in a more anatomically correct position when your hands are riding on top of the bar. There is no outward flare.
Ritchey has long been the master of small details, and the WCS Streem II is no exception. A recessed channel under the bar keeps housing under control, and allows you to keep tape off much of the aero top section. This a rider preference option. Some cyclists want a little more padding and no slip surface, while other prefer the clean look and feel of the naked bar. Ritchey uses a non-slip grit on the stem mounting zone to eliminate slippage and assist the mechanic with not over-torquing the bolts. Ritchey bars are measured center to center (c-c) at the shifter mount section (not at the end of the drops). At 235 grams in a size 42, Ritchey makes the lightest full featured aero-top bar on the market. The WCS Streem II is a perfect bar for riders who climb a lot, face the inevitable descents, and love to fly on the flats.
- Triple butted 7050 aluminum, 31.8mm aero-top road handlebar with anatomic drop
- Short reach and moderate drop in line with current shifter systems and set-ups
- UCI compliant 38mm x 22.5mm wing-shaped top section cuts through the wind
- Gentle 4.7 degree sweep to tops and broad platform-great for seated climbing
- Recessed cable groove-no need to tape all the way to the stem
- Blatte (matte black) finish
- Reach: 78mm (all sizes)
- Drop: 128mm (all sizes)
- Sizes available (c-c): 40cm, 42cm, 44cm
- Weight: 275 grams (size 42cm)
AnonymousPosted on 11/5/2015
This is a great bar. It gives you the best flat top shape that is offered on carbon bars, but at a very reasonable aluminum price. The top of the bar is slightly swept back giving you a natural hand placement. The distance to the drop is great, not too far, but not too close. I have this set-up with Ultega Mechanical shifters which flow seamlessly into the reach. The center of the bar has marking lines which makes re-installing the bars convenient (this is on a breakaway travel bike.)
Pros ergonomic flat wing top bar. great price.