Ritchey WCS Beacon gravel bar review

If you're looking for a bar with a wide flare, these could be the ones

(Image credit: Luke Friend)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Beacon is a supremely comfortable bar that will have particular appeal to bikepackers and tourers who’ll benefit from the variation of hand positions it offers. Its super-wide flare also makes it a smart choice for gravel riders who like to tackle technical terrain where control, stability and feel are at a premium. All said, it’s a versatile bar with very little not to like and a welcome addition to Ritchey’s range.

Reasons to buy
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    Wide flare creates stability

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    Many hand position options

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    Lightweight and compliant

Reasons to avoid
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    Brake hood angle

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The WCS Beacon is Ritchey’s newest gravel handlebar. Aimed primarily at bikepackers and adventure tourists it has a distinctive looking design created to provide plenty of comfort across varied terrain. We take a look at how it compares to the best gravel bike handlebars.

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Freelance writer

Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.