To rize or not to rize. The debate rages here, as it does elsewhere. One side says it seems to add complications to a handlebar that increase weight and design complexity while the other side says they fit better, and the hand position is more natural. We give rizers their due as they can be used as part of the fit equation
The Ritchey WCS Carbon Low Rizer Bar is about as minimal a rise as you can find 15mm. What might be more critical is the rearward sweep, which is 9 degrees, as opposed to Ritchey's flat bar 5 degrees. The extra curve can put your hands in a position such that more arm muscles are used when climbing out of the saddle, thus potentially negating the need for bar ends. And this being Ritchey, the bars are tuned to provide high torsional strength at a low weight, and vibration damping to help minimize the stress on the hands and arms.
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The nice thing about riser bars is that they allow the stem to sit just above the headset, without resorting to spacers. The lower the better, in our opinion. Saves weight, adds strength and stiffness. And Ritchey, being Ritchey plays with the carbon