Nate Kingwrote a review of Ritchey WCS C-260 Stem on November 20, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Ritchey, Ritchey, Ritchey...
You thought you were just buying a "regular" stem, right? You know, one of those most basic - most simple - pieces of a modern bicycle. Ritchey is here to shock you, awe you, and absolutely disappoint you with this marvel of modern engineering, the C-260 stem. Reinvent the wheel? No, Ritchey has folded it in half, run it through a trash compactor, popped it out the other side, and presented it as a legitimate contender in this not-hot market segment.
If you read the copy, you'll note that - circa 1989 - you do, in fact, need to slide the bar through the mount instead of simply removing the stem faceplate. Classy. I'm sure there's a morphological reason, right? Oh, but Ritchey's own WCS Evo Curve bar won't fit in the clamp. So much for matchy-matchy. Another high point behind reinventing the wheel? Full 3mm hex bolts, so you can be certain to get the clamping force of a three year-old's tiny fingers on a monkeybar. Yes, even a torque wrench and carbon paste won't hold your bars in place as you roll over a manhole cover in a corner. Perhaps some epoxy should come with this engineering foible.
I guess it looks okay. And kind of matches my bike. Which is really like hearing a funny joke while all of your ribs are broken.