Ritchey's first ever all-carbon stem has been some time in development, but now it has been announced as a 2013 product so it will soon be available.
Completing Ritchey's SuperLogic range, the Carbon C260 is said to have been designed for the “needs of high wattage European classic specialists”, undoubtedly the hardest proving ground for any bicycle component.
Made from high-modulus carbon fibre the stem has a rounded square section profile. At the front the four bolts that hold the faceplate into position are angled and thread in from the stem side, a move that allows easier construction of the stem in this area.
The bar clamp contact area is also larger than the C260 Alloy stem on which this one is loosely based, to reduce the load on the four bolts. Three opposing bolts secure the stem to the steerer tube, which will spread the stress evenly.
Weight is 125g for a 110mm model, with lengths from 90 to 130mm available. No UK price yet, in Euros it's going to set you back €280.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.