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    Are the eBay Ritchey WCS Carbon Handlebars authentic?

    Has anyone here bought a Ritchey WCS Carbon Handlebar on eBay? The prices (around $85 including shipping) are tempting, but I'm worried about them being fakes or not.

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    I really wouldn't know how to check for authenticity,but I've had mine on my bike around 2,600 miles,and not a single problem. Mine are the 660mm low rizer. Weighs in at 163.2g.
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    Why don't you just shoot an email to Ritchey to see what they say?

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    I've noticed one possible difference.

    Authentic bar:


    eBay bar (seller: bikinggolfer):


    The textured stem clamp area looks different.

    Feedback isn't always a good way to tell if a seller is offering authentic items. For two reasons:
    1. Many buyers aren't aware that they received fakes. Some fakes are really well done. Unless you have an original item to compare it to, it's hard to tell if the seller sent you a fake.
    2. Many buyers leave positive feedback before fully testing the item.

    Even though 90% of the SONY memories sold on eBay are fakes, most of the crooks that sell them have great feedback.

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    i think the difference between those 2 pics is lighting and angle.

    i got mine from an ebay seller, it looks exactly liek the ones on ritcheys web site, the carbon weave looks perfect and everythign about the logo matches ( something most companies switch slightly to that it isnt exactly the same).

    for 85ish dollars im happy.

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    I got my 580mm flat bar for $80 on fleabay, and it came in a long, Ritchey Logic box. At 138g I cannot be happier...
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    Pretty sure they're quality control rejects.
    I got the low rise for the $85 or so, and the logo is printed a little bit crooked. The bar is legit, as far as I can tell, but yeah, the appearance isn't perfect.
    Your call if you want it that way.

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    I think a lot of this stuff and "Cycle King" stuff are from the factories making the original stuff. Hope had their carbon levers being sold on ebay even before they got hold of them themselves! Also my mates have bought Van Nicholas frames direct from the factory via ebay with a choice of decals (hi-light, Van Nicholas, or Airborne). They saved Ł500 on the rrp.

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    i have some, really haven't tried them out yet, had them mounted got some brake fluid on the finish underneith one of the levers and some of the outher most protective (glossy)clearcoat came off, but can't see any fibers and dosen't seem to affect the bar
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    I bought a Ritchey WCS Carbon Flat handlebar on eBay a couple of weeks ago and I received it today.

    It's a FAKE!!!

    I have an original Ritchey bar that came with my GT Zaskar Team Carbon bike. I compared it to the bar I received this morning and I noticed the following differences:

    1. In the fake, the clamp area is less textured.

    2. The fake has much thinner walls (< 2 mm vs. 3 mm). This is probably the reason they weigh about the same.

    Here are some pictures that I took:



    Hope this helps people don't get fooled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfer1
    I bought a Ritchey WCS Carbon Flat handlebar on eBay a couple of weeks ago and I received it today.

    It's a FAKE!!!

    I have an original Ritchey bar that came with my GT Zaskar Team Carbon bike. I compared it to the bar I received this morning and I noticed the following differences:

    1. In the fake, the clamp area is less textured.

    2. The fake has much thinner walls (< 2 mm vs. 3 mm). This is probably the reason they weigh about the same.

    Here are some pictures that I took:



    Hope this helps people don't get fooled.
    I dunno whats worse- the fakes...or your photos.

    EDIT: Thanx for fixing the pix!
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    My pics were fine. It's possible the website was down for a few minutes.

    Just in case it happens again:
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    i have been thinking about getting those bars on ebay too. Now you are making me think that everything in life isn't real. I.E., Sports athletes, Ice Cream Cones, my 4th place I got last week.

    I decided to get myself some of this bars.

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    mine came from ebay. been on the bike since christmas. plenty of miles and 3 races. seem to hold up fine considering the vines ive hung them on and saplings that have hit them.

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    Even the real Ritchey WCS carbon bars are still made in Taiwan. The fakes perform just as satisfactorily as the expensive "real" ones IMHO.

    You can pay price A or pay price B...

    I heard even Paris Hilton has a fake Coach handbag...go figure!
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    Another reason to recall:

    INNOVATE OR DIE!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by illnacord
    Another reason to recall:

    INNOVATE OR DIE!!!
    Oh....You mean:

    "Imitate or Die!"

    Right?

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    As they say Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there's a circle of Dante's Inferno reserved for flatterers.
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    Often, this stuff is their previous modelversion... could be the old spec machines are still running for OEM's or something.... So could be the 2007 WCS bar

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    According to a Ritchey Logic rep, the 3mm OEM bars are thicker, because they support bar ends. As a result- the stem clamp also must be more grippy. In conclusion, the eBay ones you find for sale ARE authentic, pre-2008 Ritchey WCS carbon bars...but sold by Taiwan retailers factory-direct. However, DO NOT use bar ends on these thinner models.
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    I emailed Ritchey about the eBay bar.

    Silvio Ostinelli, warranty manager of Ritchey International Ltd, responded: "This bar looks as if it is a fake WCS Ritchey bar."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    According to a Ritchey Logic rep, the 3mm OEM bars are thicker, because they support bar ends. As a result- the stem clamp also must be more grippy. In conclusion, the eBay ones you find for sale ARE authentic, pre-2008 Ritchey WCS carbon bars...but sold by Taiwan retailers factory-direct. However, DO NOT use bar ends on these thinner models.
    BINGO!!!

    Here are mine after cutting. As you can see,the reinforcement metal is at the ends of the bars for use of clamp-ons and bar-ends. Really I could care less real or not they've been great so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfer1
    I emailed Ritchey about the eBay bar.

    Silvio Ostinelli, warranty manager of Ritchey International Ltd, responded: "This bar looks as if it is a fake WCS Ritchey bar."
    What else would they say?

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    The WCS bar ends that I got were clearly fakes . . . the ebay seller (in China) refunded my money and let me keep the bar ends! They must be pretty cheap to make.

    I won't get hurt from a bar end failure though.

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    How did you recognise the fakeness? And which ebay seller (if I may ask of course)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by two-one
    How did you recognise the fakeness? And which ebay seller (if I may ask of course)?
    Are you asking me or meph?

    How I recongnized the bar is fake is explained above. The eBay seller I bought it from is otherwisehk. He/she wouldn't refund me. I had to open a PayPal dispute to get my money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfer1
    Are you asking me or meph?

    How I recongnized the bar is fake is explained above. The eBay seller I bought it from is otherwisehk. He/she wouldn't refund me. I had to open a PayPal dispute to get my money back.
    I was asking Meph, your pictures have been clear.

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    I received a response from a second Ritchey representative.

    Riccardo Deliziosi from the Ritchey Sales Dept. wrote:
    Dear Fernando,
    We are sorry to tell you that you have bought a fake Ritchey bar.
    It is easy for us to detect this because there is no sanding in the center area of the bar.

    It would be good for Ritchey to know the ebay seller that is selling this bar, so we could try to stop him.

    Thanks for your report.

    Best regards

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    Well, get your money back. I perfectly happy with mine!
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    What Zachariah and Zefr1 said are totally different. What rep from what country and what auction totally differs case by case. The otherwisehk seller is still selling the WCS rizer bar at $82 shipped. I can't see how they're fake unless you term fake being a non-authorized seller/dealer. They retail for $129 from an authorized dealer so I can see the bias in offering that anyone else selling at discount is "fake". And from the photos, it seems like they are tiny details like more grip or less grip, aluminum reinforcement for bar ends that no one uses anyways. Great looking handlebar and they're all over ebay at 7X-8X dollars.
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    Eh oh.
    I mentioned this idea a while back, and am going to repost it after looking closer at the pictures that both sfer and windwithme have posted, and from my experience with my bars.
    Could it be that they are quality control rejects? On mine, the logo isn't perfectly straight. In both the pictures that sfer and windwithme posted, it looks like the logo isn't perfectly straight.
    That would probably be enough to have a batch of bars rejected, and a batch could easily be a few hundred before they sampled and caught a bad one, went back and discarded the whole bunch. Would also explain why they showed up on ebay, are coming out of Asia somewhere, are so cheap, and are older models.
    Ritchey had them laying around, finally decided to get rid of them / destroy them, maybe sold them for cheap, maybe had them destroyed and whoever was destroying them kept them instead.
    Just my two cents on it - I'm entirely content with my bar, and for the price, I can't complain.
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    oh no! I've just seen this. I've ordered a WCS Flat carbon bar from an eBay seller in Taiwan. It should be here in a few hours time. Oh no!!! I'm worried.
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    I ordered my carbon WCS bar and stem through chain reaction for peace of mind. Plus CR has great prices and for a few more bucks than the ebay ones, why not?

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    Well for what its worth I just received my WCS Carbon Rizer (31.8mm, 30mm rise, 660mm length). Weight is 162.5 grams. Cosmetically it looks to be flawless. US$62 + $17 shipping from eBay seller "hk_bikeshop".
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    mine looks identical and has been 100% so far...similar price paid too.

    wish I could find a ibis mojo at a similarly reduced price! :-)

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    What are people's thoughts on the strength of these bars? Yeah I know, this is a question to ask *before* buying one.

    I'm just a little concerned now that I realized that my other bike (5" travel Rocky Mountain ETSX) has a RaceFace Next XC low rise, 25.4mm clamp, 635mm wide and that bar weights 180 grams.

    This Ritchey bar is 25mm wider and weights 18 grams less and the application is a bigger hit bike (6.5" travel Scott Ransom). Am I courting disaster using such a light carbon bar on this bike?
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    I've got my handle bars, whats the email for Ritchey? Mine have a thin wall too. I'm very worried as I want to use bar ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwarwick
    What are people's thoughts on the strength of these bars? Yeah I know, this is a question to ask *before* buying one.
    I found a mixture of answers TBH, Im trying my own.
    I ride mostly xc but with some 3-4ft drops to flat that I enjoy.
    I weigh 230lbs loaded and ride a Titus motolite.
    Bar has been fine so far. Fingers crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by jw8725
    I've got my handle bars, whats the email for Ritchey? Mine have a thin wall too. I'm very worried as I want to use bar ends.
    Personally I wouldn't put bar ends on any carbon bar unless it has obvious provisions made for them. The re-enforced ends shown in post #10 are required to avoid crushing and/or cracking the ends of the bar. I've also seen warnings about using only certain types of bar end clamp designs to avoid distorting carbon bars. http://www.eastonbike.com/downloadab...df/barends.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwarwick
    What are people's thoughts on the strength of these bars? Yeah I know, this is a question to ask *before* buying one.

    I'm just a little concerned now that I realized that my other bike (5" travel Rocky Mountain ETSX) has a RaceFace Next XC low rise, 25.4mm clamp, 635mm wide and that bar weights 180 grams.

    This Ritchey bar is 25mm wider and weights 18 grams less and the application is a bigger hit bike (6.5" travel Scott Ransom). Am I courting disaster using such a light carbon bar on this bike?

    I think you answered your own question. Seems as though there's an up side and a down side to using those bars, and the down side far exceeds the up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jw8725
    I've got my handle bars, whats the email for Ritchey? Mine have a thin wall too. I'm very worried as I want to use bar ends.
    info@ritchey.ch

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    ^^

    I emailed them with no reply so far
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    Riccardo Deliziosi
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    Well, I got mine WCS flat bar for around 70$ from HK... With design it's OK, the stem area is sandy and logos is correct but problem was with wall thickness and wasn't even... From side looked like in shape of egg... The thickness varied... I never sawed original one, that's why I thought it's barend compatible as said on Ritchey's home page so put those on... After one falloff, the bike landed on barend and made a crack in barend area... Thankfully I found master who fixed this problem without cutting it and put duraluminium tubes about 42mm in lenght... Now it weights just 15 grams more but is much stronger and I can use barends without worrying... And I rounded all edges of barends so if anything will happen, they easier slip...
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    glad I found this thread.... when something is too good to be true, it usually is... will pass on the ebay ones....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwarwick
    Well for what its worth I just received my WCS Carbon Rizer (31.8mm, 30mm rise, 660mm length). Weight is 162.5 grams. Cosmetically it looks to be flawless. US$62 + $17 shipping from eBay seller "hk_bikeshop".
    I got mine from the same seller. I'm pretty sure I got a fake. The enamel gets distorted and scratched very easily. Does not have the bar end caps the real one's have.



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    ive been on mine since dec. and they have been fine. according to this thread mine a prob fake, but i havent had a problem yet.

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    I bought a Ritchey WCS carbon lowrizer, with unidirectional (UD) carbonfiber from Taiwan, it looks awesome. But I did notice a few things... the thickness is also uneven at the bar-end, but the shape is symmetrical with the other side. So maybe it's a design feature? After all... if you wrap a bunch of carbonfibre sheets around a dissolvable core, and make it uneven... wouldn't the OUTER shape be egg-shaped? (So no shifter or brake clamp would be able to slide over it)
    Also... the 66cm bar is only 156gr!!! Nice

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    the ones i put on epic look closer to the real ones in sfer1 pics at least the grippy section is. The only complaint on my is i had some brake levers that leaked DOT fluid, when it did some of the finish came off. I'v had mine on since march or feb. they have been through daily training, races and a few crashes, never had a problem other then what was described above. I paid about $69 from ebay
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    just did a quick look over at ebay - sure are a lot of fake ones still for sale - these look fake based on clamp area:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/09-Ritchey-WCS-C...#ht_2011wt_939

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    Why is this thread still open? My authentic, 138g "fakes" has served me well for the past 2.5 years. But just in case they do break...I have a brand-new, REAL 121g Bontrager Race XXX Lite backup set.
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    Glad I found this thread, I was about to buy a superlogic seatpost.
    I think I bite the bullet and pay $$$ from ritchey driectly.

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    too risky

    well guys - saving money on suspect handlebars that might fail catastrophically without anyone to sue...

    Well, I call that too risky
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesbike
    just did a quick look over at ebay - sure are a lot of fake ones still for sale - these look fake based on clamp area:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/09-Ritchey-WCS-C...#ht_2011wt_939
    I bought from this seller this summer Ritchey WCS Marathon '09 saddle and everything was OK, except first time he send me some old Streem model...

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    anyone bought from this seller?

    http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/ws/eBayISAPI....=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    seems like many have bought it so far! Good so far? thinking of getting it. =)

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    $58? I'm 200% sure it's a fake. The authentic bar costs about $135.

    Most people leave positive feedback for these dishonest eBay sellers, because they can't tell they received a fake. They don't have an authentic Ritchey bar to compare it with the fake ones they get from these crooks.

    A few weeks ago, I ordered a Ritchey WCS carbon flat bar from Universal Cycles. It looks exactly like the one that came with my GT Zaskar Team Carbon bicycle. This means Ritchey didn't change anything. The current bars still have the reinforcements for bar ends. Bars without them are fakes.

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    Thanks for the reply!

    I saw the pics of your 3mm thick bars. The ones at my lbs look closer to the ebay ones with regards to the wall thickness. Even the newer superlogic ones there do not have such thick walls.. anyone else can verify this with their lbs?

    Thanks again. =)

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    Be careful ! As I know from our LBS and some forums in Hong Kong. There are HUGH amount of fake Ritchey products (stem,seatpost.handlebar..)are selling in HK, China and Taiwan. Only 50US$ for a SET !!!

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    what about these guys for the bars, looks good and prices are not bad.
    as steve said "As long as the rotor/rivets clears the fork, a miss is as good as a mile"

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    as steve said "As long as the rotor/rivets clears the fork, a miss is as good as a mile"

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    @samcwy: As you can see in history of seller, "187 sold" --- 187, now there may be a reason to not buy one. Yikes! Anyways, that's 187 suckas who are riding with these things, to me that's a flooded fake market, and a fake is an original fake, if you're considering riding carbon bars, pull the trigger =)
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    Why is ritchey the one copied to such an amount? No where near the quantity of other premium carbon bars on eBay, eg Easton?
    My understanding was that some of these bars are made at the same factory as original ritchey products but not sold via official distribution channels, pretty much out the back door. Same practice as happens with other luxury brands manufactured in far east such as handbags and trainers etc.
    Doesn't mean they are lesser quality but are definitely not official either.

    I can't figure out why ritchey don't clamp down on this because if they are being sold and breaking, it's hurting their brand massively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illnacord
    @samcwy: As you can see in history of seller, "187 sold" --- 187, now there may be a reason to not buy one. Yikes! Anyways, that's 187 suckas who are riding with these things, to me that's a flooded fake market, and a fake is an original fake, if you're considering riding carbon bars, pull the trigger =)


    ^^^^^^ i second that. All i have to add is you get what you pay for and in my opinion i bought the real deal for the max performance one can expect from a carbon bar in terms of strength and weight and of course the bling factor.

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    Well its been another year with my "fake" Ritchey bars and still haven't broken them. I would say that I put another 1,000 miles on them before pulling them off and running them on my commuter.

    I bought another Ritchey WCS bar on Ebay and I bet this sees thousands of miles without issue. BTW 4 years ago I broke an aluminum handlebar at the stem clamp,so if anyone would/should be worried it should be me. I'm not.
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    Well, another buyer of this Ritchey handlebar on ebay, but anyone can confirm this is a fake?

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    My original Ritchey bars are sanded (and smooth) on the inside.

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    vikingboy: those are not back door or fell of the truck, purses and bags you see in the far east. Those are fakes through and through! Just like this WCS carbon ebay bar. It just goes to show that a carbon bar is not hard to copy or produce, silk screening a logo and scuffing up a clamp area is not innovation. And innovation is the only thing that will save Ritchey but how much development is going on with that company? It's been years these fakes have been on the market and the original bar hasn't changed design at all.
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    Fake ?

    Hi,
    I just bought these bars from ebay from an ebay shop called Absolutecycles. They seem a legit shop so I wasn't worried. However my bars came in today and they look a bit like the fake ones in this thread ! There doesn't seem to be any metal reinforcement for bar ends , and the thickness doesn't seem to be even (you can see this in the third pic if you look closely . Also, the bars didn't come in Ritchey packaging.

    This is the link :
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=270586100044

    these are the pics of my bars :







    Any thoughts ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by totemsub
    Hi,
    I just bought these bars from ebay from an ebay shop called Absolutecycles. They seem a legit shop so I wasn't worried. However my bars came in today and they look a bit like the fake ones in this thread ! There doesn't seem to be any metal reinforcement for bar ends , and the thickness doesn't seem to be even (you can see this in the third pic if you look closely . Also, the bars didn't come in Ritchey packaging.

    This is the link :
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=270586100044

    these are the pics of my bars :







    Any thoughts ?
    The authentic Ritchey bars actually have a thick, 3mm composite reinforcement to accommodate bar ends and brake levers. There is no reason why a reseller should keep the original packaging.
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    You think they're unsafe to ride then ? I only weigh 68 kgs so it shouldn't be a problem to try these out right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by totemsub
    You think they're unsafe to ride then ? I only weigh 68 kgs so it shouldn't be a problem to try these out right ?
    I am 75kg and my fakes has been reliable(no bar ends used) for three straight seasons.
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    All right ! Do you think that lock-on grips would damage them ?

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    i used my ODI lockons on my "fakes" too and no issues. I only just snugged them enough to prevent rotation though and YMMV.

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    Let keep going with this, I recently bought some of these same bars off ebay for $55, from a seller with 0 feedback and only sold 2 other products. Sadly I think I got scammed but I do have a routing number.

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    I know this is an old post, but for reasons mentioned above about fakes and knock offs, I'll pay a little extra and buy from my LBS. As a matter of fact I ordered a WCS Alloy 1-Bolt seatpost, his price was was compatible to any online retailer, which always makes me a return customer. I'll be ordering a new Ritchey bar and stem from him soon. You could save a few bucks on gear, or you could perhaps save your life or serious injury and pay for the reel deal. JMO.

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    It really depends how lucky You are. I have ridden 3 years with my "fake" WCS carbon bar one without issue. Except I crashed one side myself. Repaired and still is good for miles.
    When I wanted to buy FSA K-force carbon seatpost I specially chosed used but mint from big shop not new which could possibly be fake.

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    Seams in the carbon

    Got my WCS Carbon bars from China (eBay) and this is what I got. Any thoughts on if carbon fiber bars are suppose to have these 'seams' in them. they seem to run the length of the bar on the top and bottom, then they 'merge' into this shape where there are seams that run vertically 4"(ish) to the left and right of the center logo.

    These seams are smooth however they look odd. I wish I could post an image but the site won't let me because Im a newbie here....

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    Will I have any reason to think that this is not an original?

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    Original or Fake ?!

    hello guys, did anyone have ever bought Ritchey from this ebay Seller ? chubbypila66
    I just bought one in an Auction today for USD 75.00 and i am afraid that it could be a fake, because analyzing the pictures the carbon texture looks different from the original Ritchey website. I dont know if the photos are low quality or if its a fake handlebar. This seller is Top Rated with 99.99% Positive Feedback. Here is the link to the Handlebar that ive bought. What do you guys think ?
    Link: (please substitute the * for . )

    www*ebay*com/itm/180950027588?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p398 4.m1439.l2649]2011 RITCHEY WCS CARBON RIZE MTB HANDLEBAR 31.8MM X 660MM NEW


    Thank you guys. Bye

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    Now I am worried. I bought a WCS Carbon handlebar from a HK supplier through Aliexpress a few days ago, it was super-cheap. Probably too good to be true.

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    How are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jfloren View Post
    Now I am worried. I bought a WCS Carbon handlebar from a HK supplier through Aliexpress a few days ago, it was super-cheap. Probably too good to be true.
    Hey Jflo

    How are those bars from Aliexpress? Do they seem ok? I was eye-ing them myself. I'll send you a PM as well.

    Anyone else pick up 1 of these bars from these Alexpress guys?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eimart View Post
    hello guys, did anyone have ever bought Ritchey from this ebay Seller ? chubbypila66
    I just bought one in an Auction today for USD 75.00 and i am afraid that it could be a fake, because analyzing the pictures the carbon texture looks different from the original Ritchey website. I dont know if the photos are low quality or if its a fake handlebar. This seller is Top Rated with 99.99% Positive Feedback. Here is the link to the Handlebar that ive bought. What do you guys think ?
    Link: (please substitute the * for . )

    www*ebay*com/itm/180950027588?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p398 4.m1439.l2649]2011 RITCHEY WCS CARBON RIZE MTB HANDLEBAR 31.8MM X 660MM NEW


    Thank you guys. Bye
    It's fake. I bought one from this seller in 2008. However, there are such things as "good fakes." My fake Ritchey was used(XC riding) from 2/2008-11/2010 without a single hitch. Ha, I even sold them for MORE than I paid($75.00USD).
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    Chubbypila66

    I just bought from this guy on eBay. I bought EC90 SL Riser bar. I paid on Wednesday and received Friday (today). I am quite concerned because there is a seam that goes the entire length of the bar. It is smooth, but looks really weird. They also weigh 10 grams more than advertised on 2 different scale.

    Fakes?

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    greenerob,

    I got your message, thanks...

    I did some research and found pics.

    visable difference.


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    Thanks

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    At Ritchey, we would prefer you buy genuine Ritchey products from an authorized dealer, of course. BUT we would rather you buy a competitor’s product rather than counterfeit Ritchey goods of questionable origin found on Ebay or elsewhere.

    We (as well as other manufacturers) have tested counterfeit handlebars and have found them to not pass our internal tests. Handlebar failures can cause a particularly unpleasant crash. We would urge our fellow riders to not take chances in this area…purchase a quality CE tested and approved handlebar from a manufacturer you trust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenerob View Post
    I just bought from this guy on eBay. I bought EC90 SL Riser bar. I paid on Wednesday and received Friday (today). I am quite concerned because there is a seam that goes the entire length of the bar. It is smooth, but looks really weird. They also weigh 10 grams more than advertised on 2 different scale.


    Fakes?
    Quite possibly. Fakes of Thomson, Ritchey, Easton, 3T, Zipp and Truvativ are all over eBay.....and eBay turns a blind eye to it all!
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    Here it s a fake one. Look at the inner tube thickness .

    I think mine is fake also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    I think mine is fake also.
    Holy wah. I'd say those are most definitely fakes. They aren't even close to uniform in thickness. Where did you get those?

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    Fake one .


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    This eBay seller has about 200 000 feedbacks. Hard to believe that he's selling fake stuffs.

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    Believe it!! I bought fake Airotors from this clown. They arrived the same day as ones that came from an actual store. The difference was clear. No original packaging was just the beginning. This guy has all those feedbacks because 99.9% of people can't tell and by the time they do, they have already left their feedback.

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    Ritchey WCS Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike Riser Bar 31 8mm 126 Grams | eBay
    I got it on eBay , seller is in NY USA . Has 200,000 feedbacks .
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    Quote Originally Posted by g5magic View Post
    This eBay seller has about 200 000 feedbacks. Hard to believe that he's selling fake stuffs.
    Believe it!! I bought fake Airotors from this clown. They arrived the same day as ones that came from an actual store. The difference was clear. No original packaging was just the beginning. This guy has all those feedbacks because 99.9% of people can't tell and by the time they do, they have already left their feedback.

    Also, he is NOT located in New York. Check the interwebs for remarks on his fake products and poor service.

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    I bought some of these fake bars on ebay, but not too concerned as mines were clearly labeled not full carbon. So probably carbon over alum. Then I bought some real full carbon Eastons and the difference was plain as day. So was the weight !!

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    STAY AWAY FROM COUNTERFEIT CARBON BARS! Mine just snapped in half on me last night. Fortunately a tree broke my fall. Banged and bruised. I consider myself blessed and much wiser.

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    I've seen a lot of these fake Ritchey bars on ebay, some even from USA sellers. I think they must be importing them. No retail packaging is a warning sign. Another sign is the rise on the bars. Authentic Ritchey WCS and Superlogic only come in a very low 15mm rise. The ones on ebay that are fake will have much steeper rises. The logos are also usually suspect, as they will be sized incorrectly or mis-aligned.

    Lots of fake carbon stems, too.
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