Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015 Jul 24, 2014

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This classic shape is often rendered in steel and is not the lightest option for a modern day race machine. For those looking for a classic Ritchey look for the XC bike, look no further. 35 years since it was first introduced to the MTB world, the Bullmoose returns. Just as stylish, but a little lighter…

The Ritchey WCS Bullboose features a 9 degree sweep with a 6 degree angle, weighs in at 280 grams for the 80mm and comes in three sizes: 70x720mm, 80x730mm and 90, 100 & 110x740mm. Retail is set at $299.95.

  • Samuel Lopez

    IMO, The Nitto ones for Fairweather look classier, and less expensive.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Yeah, they’re nice. I have a set, but if you’re trying to build a lightweight bike, they don’t make sense. Not that weight is important, but I think it’s nice to have options. Carbon bars absorb a lot of vibration and dampen otherwise rough riding. I’d love these on my Indy Fab…

      • Samuel Lopez

        Agree, options are nice. I need to see more pics tho.

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          Just added another image from Ritchey… My thoughts are these will rule. Mostly because when has Ritchey put out anything on the WCS line that has sucked?

          • Frank

            There’s a worker on the Nitto video you posted a while back that says he appreciates the work and technology and necessity of a carbon handlebar … but he wouldn’t trust it if the bike fell over. And my mtb has fallen over more than a few times.

          • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

            Dude, my mountain bikes have seen some horrific shit and I’ve never broken a carbon bar. I’m gonna say, engineers at ENVE (or Ritchey, or whatever) > a worker at Nitto in Japan.

          • Frank

            Sure sir John. Firstly … love your work and appreciate this site. Thanks very much.
            I’m not talking about breaking a bar in a crash … but the longevity of carbon and my confidence in it after many years and many incidents.
            My mtb is 20 years old. It’s seen a lot of mess. I still trust the bars on the bike … not sure I would be so confident if they were carbon.
            I’ve got a Surly BigDummy that occasionally goes over when it’s fully loaded. It’s got steel bullmoose bars.
            Yesterday I got a third bike (even though I can only ride one at a time) … a Ritchey Swiss Cross (so so stoked!) … and swapped out the carbon fork for a steel Waltworks fork without even taking the beautiful fork out of the box. I’ll have this bike for some years … it’ll be crashed, it’ll fall over, it’ll be chucked in the back of the ute. I’ll loan it to a mate. My littles will knock it over in the garage. And when I point it downhill in 10 years time I just want don’t carbon keeping my teeth off the ground.
            Need a NIB swiss cross fork? I’ll do you a killer deal.

          • Frank

            Here’s the nitto video that you posted …

            http://theradavist.com/2013/05/factory-visit-to-nitto/

            It’s pretty good.

          • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

            I totally get ya dude! No sweat!

  • naisemaj

    Perfect! If I didn’t have a pair of Niner RDOs that I loved then I would consider these. Orrrr maybe I just need a new ride to put them on….

  • Peter

    I don’t get it. Why?
    Wasn’t the purpose of the original design because bars of that width couldn’t be made stiff/strong enough with the materials available? Now we can, so why use 2 stems only available in one length&rise?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Because it looks cool! ;-)

    • btdubs

      Because retro.

      • Samuel Lopez

        Because why not?

  • Jaime De Pujadas

    I remember reading that as the bars go wider the stem should get shorter? Curious. But I certainly am diggin on these bars

  • Nick Pappas

    I just ordered a 616 Fab Muenzie, then these bars come out! Retro Fatties FTW!

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  • Kerry Nordstrom

    So sick! Wouldn’t mind seeing a “Brazed by Ritchey” series of bars and stems….