Ritchey WCS Carbon Streem II handlebars review

The Ritchey WCS Carbon Streem II handlebars are aerodynamically shaped carbon-fibre handlebars designed to reduce your drag and weight



(Image credit: george eyres)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Expensive, but excellent quality carbon bars that are competitive on price and weight when stacked up against the competition. The shape is good and they are easy to install/live with. If you're after light, carbon aero bars then the Ritchey WCS Carbon Streem II are among the best options out there. Perhaps most importantly, they look seriously bling too.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Well made

  • +

    Stiff for an aero bar

  • +

    Competitively priced

  • +

    Room for a Garmin mount

  • +

    Easy to route internally

  • +

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    No 38cm width option

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

Aero handlebars are designed to decrease your frontal area and often have aerofoil-shaped tops to reduce drag. As a bike’s leading edge, bars can make a significant reduction to your drag, typically in a region of ~3-5 watts at 45kph.

The Ritchey WCS Carbon Streem II aero bars have a very simple design with minimal logos/branding and a very smart unidirectional carbon-fibre finish.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.