Component manufacturer Ritchey used to own the Canadian brand Syncros which it used to make its more all mountain/Enduro offerings. However they sold off the brand and have just introduced a new TRAIL group of lightweight components aimed at AM and Enduro bikes which are all produced in house. Tom Ritchey is one of the originators of the mountain bike as we know it and has been fettling mountain bike gear since the days of Repack.
As the PR says “legendary Ritchey performance and reliability for the modern 5-inch travel trail bike. Wider bars, longer posts, and beefy zero rise stem designed for trail riders by Tom Ritchey, the original trail rider”.
WCS TRAIL stem
Ritchey’s new WCS Trail stem is perfect for today’s modern trail bikes in the 5- 6in travel range. It’s visibly beefier for increased stiffness and a look that better matches modern head tube/frame designs, and Ritchey’s proprietary 220 degree, extra-wide bar clamp provides a dramatic increase in stiffness and strength over traditional designs.
• 3D forged 2014 alloy for superior strength and lightweight
• 45mm and 60-110mm extensions
• zero rise
• wide faceplate for secure bar clamping
• 220-degree handlebar wrap
• Ritchey Blatte fiinish
• 115g (70mm)
• MSRP: €97
WCS LINK TRAIL and WCS Carbon LINK TRAIL FlexLogic seat post
Light and incredibly versatile, the new LINK post design uses a proprietary clamp system that’s compatible with standard rail systems yet also adaptable to Selle Italia’s Monolink system with the addition of an adapter. Either clamp offers a no-slip grip and quick angle and fore/aft adjustment.
Length: 400mm diameter: 27.2 / 30.9 / 31.6 mm
Carbon: UD finish
Alloy: Blatte finish
Weight: alloy 235g; carbon 181g (27.2 x 400mm)
MSRP: €108 (alloy); €250 (carbon)
WCS TRAIL low rizer bars
With 740mm width Ritchey offers in the TRAIL group a low rizer in alloy with 20mm rise and a carbon low rizer with 15mm. Both rizer bars are 740mm width for better leverage and control (cut guides provided on alloy version for those looking for reduced width).
9 degree sweepback.
Weight: 276g (alloy), 193g (carbon)
MSRP: €82 (alloy), €195 (carbon)
WCS TRAIL 2X bar
The new 2X bar is really two bars. By simply flipping the bar around, riders can select an additional 5mm of rise or 5mm of drop. Great for 29er’s with taller front ends too.
2X Trail Carbon: width: 710mm; weight: 180g; MSRP: €172
2X Trail alloy: width: 720mm; weight: 232g; MSRP: €79
Trail components are produced in a new Blatte finish, designed to be more scratch resistant and extremely durable while the matt finish fulfills the aesthetics of a trail bike. The carbon that is used for the TRAIL bars is a high-modulus carbon fiber and the bars are monocoque construction. All bars are tested to exceed EN required testing standards by well over 100% and undergo severe impact testing as well.