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Ritchey WCS cranks,bar,setm VS. Deda bar,stem dur-ace crank(5 posts)

Ritchey WCS cranks,bar,setm VS. Deda bar,stem dur-ace crankCharlesTT
Apr 14, 2003 8:10 PM
My new frame will be here at the end of the month and i am going to go with dura-ace. I am still not sure about the bar and stem though. I do have a way to get ritchy stuff for much cheaper then deda/shimano. Has anyone ever used the ritchey V WCS cranks? Are they as stiff, strong as dura-ace? And what is stronger, deda newton bar,stem or ritchey WCS bar,stem....both 31.6 clamp.

Any info would be great.

C.P.H
re: Ritchey WCS cranks,bar,setm VS. Deda bar,stem dur-ace crankrussw19
Apr 14, 2003 8:39 PM
Both your questions of stiffness and strength are mostly not going to be noticeable unless you strap the parts to a machine and fatigue test them until they break.

The Ritchey stuff is very nice. The crank is stiff. I have seen one test that says it's stiffer at the end of the arm (where the pedal goes) than a Dura-Ace crank, but I have also seen a test that lists the Dura-Ace as stiffer at the spider (where it would really matter anyways...) but both numbers are in thousandths of an inch and wouldn't be noticable to you. I would bet the same holds for the Ritchey stem versus the Deda stem and bar. You may find a test that says one is stiffer than the other, but the real question is will you be able to tell.

That said, I really like the Ritchey cranks and I would use them on my next Dura-Ace bike if I didn't use a carbon cranks. But I also have a Newton stem and Magic bars on my bike. I would look for which looks better to you and which you can get cheaper. That's honestly as good a reason as any other to buy a product. A lot of what else you will hear is marketing hype to get you to buy product A over B, but it's someone making your decision for you instead of you making it yourself. Pick the one you like better or the cheaper one. Don't worry about the stiffness... they are all pro level parts and are far better than most of us really need, so just get the one you like better. Chances are you are going to replace those parts before they wear out because something better comes along, and in truth they wouldn't be any better or worse than what you choose.

Russ
re: Ritchey WCS cranks,bar,setm VS. Deda bar,stem dur-ace crankwielerpret
Apr 15, 2003 1:14 AM
Considering the reviews here, the Ritchey WCS stem is more appreciated than the DEDA Newton and is also cheaper. I have used it myself for more than 10.000 km's. No complaints whatsoever.
Good luck. Luke. www.iwaarden.com
re: Ritchey WCS cranks,bar,setm VS. Deda bar,stem dur-ace cranktookie
Apr 15, 2003 7:57 AM
i have the wcs bar and stem, although in the normal 25.8 diameter. I've been real happy w/ it and ritchey was real quick about getting back to me about torque/installation specs. emailed me back w/in minutes. something to be said about doing business w/ an american company (even if their shiz is made in tawain...)
re: Ritchey WCS cranks,bar,setm VS. Deda bar,stem dur-ace crank2slow
Apr 15, 2003 8:46 AM
I have the WCS cranks on my new race bike and have found that they are as stiff or stiffer as any Shimano cranks, including DA, that I have had in the past. I weigh in at 195 lbs and have found them to work great for me here in the Pacific NW where you always get those quick out of the saddle hills. I also find the Ritchey rings to shift better than the FSA and Shimano that I have had.
I also have the Ritchey "Pro" stem and bars and are quite happy with them. I also get the Ritchey stuff at a steep discount. I have not regretted going with it.
Good luck