Gram for gram, the stiffest stem in the Ritchey line.
This revolutionary patented design starts with a bar clamp that wraps a full 260 degrees around the handlebar to distribute clamping stress more evenly to the handlebar, faceplate, hardware and stem body. The steerer clamp uses three bolts and a curved slot to reduce clamp stress on the fork steerer.
The body is 3D forged from an advanced 7050 aluminum, internally machined and then enhanced with a Ritchey Matrix structural carbon exoskeleton to enhance stiffness. Premium quality CrMo steel bolts are used throughout, but in a smaller T20-Torx size that shaves a few more grams with no sacrifice in strength or rigidity.
The resulting CEN-approved stem is 14% stiffer than the WCS Alloy C260.
FlipFlop mounting is possible and the stem can still be installed without removing grips (Video
)! The C260 has been approved for road and MTB use!
Note: Only compatible with handlebars featuring a round bar top. Because of the 260° clamping the bar cannot be mounted frontally, it is necessary to install it from the side what makes for example most aero handlebars incompatible.