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Ritchey’s new MonoCurve bar system (Ritchey Logic)

With one-piece bar and stem combos the rage in Europe, and
catching on in the US, Ritchey Logic offer their new MonoCurve system, which is
available for sale, now.

“First of all bar, stems and posts are our core category —
we’re super passionate about handlebars and stems,” Sean Coffey, Ritchey
Logic’s marketing director told BikeRadar. “With the new design of the
C260 stem and a far greater market acceptance of, and advancements within the
carbon bar world, we finally felt like we could bring our sizing, our fit
story, and our carbon technology into a product like this and feel good about
it.”

Keeping with its intended ‘high performance’ purpose the
MonoCurve system is based from an 86°
stem — with C260 adapted curved steerer tube slot, said to relieve clamping
stress — for an aggressive, low, position.

“A lot of these
integrated systems are seeing a lot more mileage under top pros,” said Coffey.
“It’s a cool set up; you can get to a level of stiffness and weight that is
pretty difficult to match with a separate bar-stem combination.”

The EvoCurve
portion of the bar offers a 4° back sweep, slightly oval ‘hand filling’ dimensional
shape. Moving down the bar towards the drop Ritchey uses a Logic II style
ergonomic curve for MonoCurve with progressive reach (as you go wider in size,
the reach gets longer), and smooth curve through the 128mm drop, which remains
constant.

Ritchey incorporate a few of their trademark ‘fit’ features
into the new bar with EvoCurve and Logic II

The system
features full carbon construction with a uni-directional carbon finish.

Ritchey claim the 42cm/120mm combo weighs 353g, however, the
MonoCurve is available in 8 different dimensional combinations worldwide:

  • 40cm handlebar
    with 90, 100, and 110mm stem lengths
  • 42cm handlebar
    with 110, 120, and 130mm stem lengths
  • 44cm handlebar
    with 120 and 130mm stem lengths

The MonoCurve is available now and costs: US$599.95, £425,
479.50. High yes, but not outrageous,
says Coffey. “With prices climbing on world class race bikes, a bar that offers
this kind of performance at this kind of price is now much more acceptable,” he
said.

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