Ritchey WCS Road Stems

3.7/5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $99.99

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Philger a Commuter

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2011

Strengths:    118g - 120mm

Weaknesses:    Felt quite weak and made creaking and sqeaking sounds whenever I pulled at the bar.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this stem with a 25,4 clamp at the bay, because I wanted my commuter-bike to be as light as possible.
So of course I cannot admit that this stem was in the same shape as it left the factory, though I think the discomforting feeling I had while driving the bike with it is not connected with the used condition of the stem.

Basically, it just felt very weak when I pulled on the bar, not even with lots of force, and it made creaking sounds that kept me from leaving the saddle while driving.

As a result I installed the old 25$ ITM RACING stem from my road bike which stopped the creaking and the unsecure feeling.

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Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   itm - racing, cannondale - fire road

Bike Setup:   Dynamics RSL Pro
Ultegra group
DT Swiss R520 rims with CX-Rays

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Trouble a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2011

Strengths:    None, this product had screw/thread failures.

Weaknesses:    Bolt pattern location of bolts and clamping surface.
Customer service is the worst in the industry.

Bottom Line:   
Heavy, chunky and cheaply built

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Favorite Ride:   Lemmon

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Thompson is THE BEST and Ritchey knows it.
Bontrager has THE BEST customer service.

Bike Setup:   Steel

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Sam a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2010

Strengths:    light, stiff.

Weaknesses:    too weak. cracked

Bottom Line:   
After about 2 years, it cracked. Good up until then.

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Similar Products Used:   Lots

Bike Setup:   TCR2 w/full Dura Ace/Mavic Ksyrium

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zdpn03 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2008

Strengths:    Good value for a stem of this weight.

Weaknesses:    Cracked after less than one year of average usdage. Two piece face plate doesn't adequately cover the gaps in the stem where the handebars clamp on.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the newer version with two piece front handlebar plate.

I have used Ritchey WCS stems on all my bikes for many years and they have all performed great. However, this newer version does not appear to be made of the same quality. My stem developed a crack on the steerer tube clamp portion after about 10 months. This is the first stem that I have ever had crack on me. I don't know if this is just bad luck, or a sign that the material/design used for this version is not very durable.

Aesthetically, the front 2-piece stem clamp plate doesn't have a nice clean look. (It doesn't blend into the stem very well, leaving some open gaps showing where the handelbars attach.) The one piece face plates look much better.

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Favorite Ride:   Enchanted Circle

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   WCS - previous version.

Bike Setup:   Full carbon, standard road bike.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by masshoff a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2007

Strengths:    Light weight.

Weaknesses:    Thin aluminum leads to failure.

Bottom Line:   
I chose this stem because of its light weight and Ritchey's reputation. After a little more than a year of use, I discovered a small crack in the stem. Before the crack, the stem performed great - felt stiff enough, was very light, and no slippage. But the crack scared me enough to remove it immediatly. I don't ride what I'd consider "rough" roads (no cobblestones or anything), but New England roads are not the smoothest in the world, either.

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Favorite Ride:   the road

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Salsa Moto Ace, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Moots VaMoots frame, Reynolds Ouzo fork, Easton bars, Campy drivetrain, FSA Carbon Cranks, DT Swiss custom built wheels

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