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    Ritchey WCS Carbon riser bars breakage

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    I just bought the 31.8mm Ritchey WCS riser carbon bars and found the carbon material at the ends extremely thin! I was told not to cut the bars. I noticed that other carbon bars were thicker at least the ends. I am a bit reluctant now to use them on the trails fearing the worst might happen. Anyone using these bars had them broken during a ride? Thx!!

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    i have been running those bars for 2 seasons and no problem. I had them cut down about an inch on each end.
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    I personally like the Syncros and RaceFace bars that seem to be more beefy. I don't think the Ritchey bars are necessarily weak but a bit more beef in carbon bars makes me feel better. If you cut your bars, there will be less leverage and it will only feel stiffer and stronger.

    I liked the Eastons too but that company does not have its act together right now, nor has it for a year or so.

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    Has Easton been that bad recently?

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    I don't know if you caught this in the DH forum, but it's pretty interesting, well worth the read. All in all, it seems that Ritchey seemed to score the poorest when tested against Easton, FSA, Raeface, Syncros, Specialized, Syntace, USE, and Truvativ.

    http://www.raceface.com/components/P...BarsReview.pdf

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    Yeah, they have seen a lot of upheaval at the corporate and supplier levels (merge/buyout by Bell, I believe). Tons of people were fired and replaced by incompetent ones or something like that. They seem to perpetually have a "carbon shortage" they run up against and stop producing their bars. They also have not responded to sevral emails regarding warranty issues (my emails and several others people I know).

    The people you talk to there seem like they never managed to get past 6th grade. They don't know much, have no decision-making authority, and generally have no clue. They used to be a great operation, which makes it sad. Maybe things will get better. They really had thier act together a couple of years ago and then when they merged with or were bought by Bell (I think it's Bell) things just went down the drain.

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    Great test and I'm really glad you posted this article here. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattP.
    I don't know if you caught this in the DH forum, but it's pretty interesting, well worth the read. All in all, it seems that Ritchey seemed to score the poorest when tested against Easton, FSA, Raeface, Syncros, Specialized, Syntace, USE, and Truvativ.

    http://www.raceface.com/components/P...BarsReview.pdf
    I sent an email to Ritchey about this article and all they had to say was "don't believe everything you read...warranty issues are the retailers' concerns" A typical reply from companies with no corporate social responsibilty or unaware of the concept. Disappointing from a company that's been a "pioneer" in the industry.

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    Syncros is now owned by Ritchey but thier bars seem to be stronger and also built in a separate factory (for now). Ritchey needs to get moving here. They need to update their tires, stems, handlebars, and whatever else they do. If you want a nice carbon bar, get thh Syncros before Ritchey screws that up too. I'm putting them in the Bucket of Shame along with Easton.

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    I bought not too long ago a Truvativ Team Carbon Riser Bar...and the same article was thrown at me saying Truvativ did not pass the test either... Now I'm paranoid to go riding...

    Anyone out there have a Truvativ Team Carbon break on them...? Or any other bar mentioned in this article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joekmlee
    I sent an email to Ritchey about this article and all they had to say was "don't believe everything you read...warranty issues are the retailers' concerns" A typical reply from companies with no corporate social responsibilty or unaware of the concept. Disappointing from a company that's been a "pioneer" in the industry.
    at least they replied.
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