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The Ritchey WCS C260 stem blends light weight with high strength performance to give you a cockpit that tracks straight and true. The WCS line for Ritchey is the gold standard for performance and the rainbow stripes represent Ritchey’s numerous World Championships won on Ritchey products.
Right off, you notice that the clamp on the Ritchey WCS C260 wraps a full 260 degrees around the handlebar to distribute clamping stress more evenly through the handlebar, faceplate, hardware, and stem body. Ritchey can make the WCS C260 a bit lighter because the handlebar clamping force is supported more by the stem then by the faceplate. The steerer clamp on the Ritchey WCS C260 also receives similar treatment with 3 smaller then normal M4 bolts to reduce clamping force on the steerer tube.
What is more difficult to see is Ritchey’s aim at keeping the WCS C260 stem strong and fatigue resistant. The Ritchey WCS C260 passes CEN certification (one of the industries most rigorous standards for safety in the bicycle industry), this despite weighing in 20 grams lighter and stiffer the Ritchey’s own 4-Axis stems. The Ritchey WCS C260 is built using 7050 aluminum that is 3d forged and internally machined to reduce weight. Premium chromoly bolts are used throughout in a smaller M4 size to save weight without compromising strength.
The Ritchey WCS C260 is available in BB Black (Matte), Wet Black, Wet White, and Wet Red. Due to the 260 degree handlebar clamp, the WCS C260 will not fit handlebars with aero section flat tops.
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Comments about Ritchey WCS C-260 Stem:
I paired this stem with a carbon stearer it has 4 torx nuts, (not allen) to distribute the torque when attaching to carbon bars and stems. I note that these are torx nuts because I stripped one using an allen wrench -- hence the props to Ritchey customer service (above) for sending me a new set within a few days. The instructions actually suggest using the Ritchy torque key and I suppose that is an important detail if you don't plan on purchasing a Ritchey torque key because you have your own torque wrench. (It's probably my fault I missed the Torx nut detail -- but I do leave it open that this important detail isn't in the instructions in leiu of the suggestion to simply use/purchase the Ritchey torque key)
Anyway, this is an aluminum stem but is extremely light.
Ritchey is a name brand I trust for decent quality.