It’s been a while since we featured a new brand of integrated bar and stem and, being the engineering-led company that it is, Ritchey’s take on the combo bar warrants some attention.

Based on the Curve bar (£205), they offer a shallow drop of 128mm and a reach that varies with width (73/78/83mm).

On the tops, Ritchey has opted for an ergonomic backward sweep of 4° to make it more comfy on the wrists. The clamp, taken from the £155 WCS range, features the 260° closure with an angled slot and three bolts for an even force on the steerer tube and is angled down by 10°.

With the three main bar widths available and stem lengths from 90-130mm, you should be able to find what you want, providing you want the ‘norm’. Pricing is set at £425 and the weight of our 44/120s was 359g.

Contact: www.paligapltd.co.uk