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Ritchey WSC stem/Easton EC90(7 posts)

Ritchey WSC stem/Easton EC90Slick21
Aug 10, 2002 10:59 PM

Would these two items fit? Would the diameter of the easton bar and the ritchey wsc stem work? Would this setup be stiff enough for a guy that wants to sprint and who can bench 260 lbs. I ride a caad5, 6-0, 180lbs.

Aug 11, 2002 9:35 AM
I would call Easton directly and make sure they do not have a unique bar and stem diameters. ITM and TTT have decided to incorporate a 25.8mm (opposed to the standard of 26mm) clamp diameter, making it an ever so fine adjustment to ensure proper torque and even spacing on the face plate.

I know for fact that the Ritchey stem has 26mm bar clamp, but after looking over, I did not see this information.

Also you might want to check the warranties. Easton is two years on the bar, I think. It may be so that it is two years if used with their stem and void with any other manufacturer, as do some euro companies.

I am having the same problem with a ITM stem and Salsa bar. The stem now striped was 25.8 and bar 26. I did not use a torque wrench and adjusted by hand, I now have a torque wrench and looking for a new stem. I am lucky the stem did not fail while riding.
re: Ritchey WSC stem/Easton EC90lancezneighbor
Aug 11, 2002 5:18 PM
I have the Easton bar with a Ritchey stem (I believe it is the pro or the comp) It works fine for me. I believe the diameter of the wcs stem should be the same but and the wcs also has a wider clamp area and four bolts so it should work even better than what I use now. I'll probably change to that same stem whenever I get around to it.
That's the EXACT combo I have. No problems. (nm)jtolleson
Aug 12, 2002 6:51 AM
I have that combo...Stinky Hippie
Aug 13, 2002 12:08 PM
...and found that the clamp gouged my handlebar a bit because the ODs and IDs aren't perfect matches all the way around. I'm not terribly concerned, but I wouldn't recommend using this combo to anyone else -- the fit just doesn't seem "right" to me.

As far as stiffness goes, that Easton bar is STIFF -- perhaps the stiffest out there. I find The Ritchey WCS stem quite flexy, however. I weigh 165-170 and cannot, by any means, bench 260. If you are as dangerous as you sound, I'd probably go with something beefier :)

Feel the gin
Just checked: Ritchey says it's a 25.8mm clamp...Stinky Hippie
Aug 13, 2002 6:30 PM
...Easton requires a 26mm clamp. I think it's a risky combo, given what happens when carbon splinters.

Feel the gin
re: Ritchey WSC stem/Easton EC90BenR
Aug 13, 2002 10:31 PM
I have the cheaper Ritchey Pro stem and 44 cm Easton carbon bars. I don't think the bars are as stiff as they are made out to be (remember I'm using wide bars w/relatively narrow stem clamp). I would reconsider unless you can get them for around $100. They are light and certainly stiffer than superlight aluminum bars (like 3t prima199), but not nearly as stiff as my narrower 300 gram Icons. I think the Eastons and Ritchey WSC stem will match. The WCS is expensive but best in its class IMO - rock solid and still light. Might want to research the Kestrel carbon bars which I hear are slightly heavier but stiffer. Not as fancy but maybe better for you, or consider going to the oversize 31.8 diameter bars which are stiffer, since I'm assuming you are looking at buying a new stem anyway. I'm 5'11" 165 at my leanest, riding a Klein, one of the stronger roadies out there.