The Ritchey Bullmoose WCS integrated bar stem is a throwback to a design first used by Tom Ritchey way back in 1978 after he found that regular handlebars would often slip in the stems of the day.
The original Bullmoose bars were constructed from steel, but these thoroughly modern ones are a monocoque carbon design, with the two ‘stems’ bonded to the handlebar and an alloy steerer clamp.
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Ritchey claims that this setup has two main benefits, and the first, and perhaps most key to the weight-conscious XC racer crowd, is that they’re very light at 281g (claimed*) for a 80mm ‘stem’ and 730mm wide bars.
*It’s a long story, but the test bike these were fitted to was stolen before I remembered to weigh them…
You could hardly describe the Bullmoose bars as bargain-tastic, but at £250 / $260 / €280 they cost considerably less than some exotic, equally feathery cockpit setups.
Ritchey Bullmoose WCS ride impressions
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Ritchey Bullmoose handlebars overall impression
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