I bought this bar for my gravel bike so I could have more control on single track. It did offer more control going downhill on dirt however I didnt like riding on the road in the drops. Also the drop didnt get me any lower for aerodynamics . I also didnt like the ergonomic future of the bar because it forced you to put your hand in one place . I ended up getting a salsa cowbell instead . I like the cowbell on the road more than the Ritchey. Both offered greater stability going downhill on the dirt, but the salsa seems like a better cross between road and gravel .
I had a little difficulty putting these on, but it was also my first time ever attempting handle bar tape on my own. The color matches the honey brooks seat well, though not dead on I don't think you could find a closer match anywhere. This tape immediately elevated the look of my bike and its comfortable to grip
I ordered the honey color, which in the photograph looks a little orange, so I'm happy to announce that it is a beautiful medium brown that matches the Brooks handle bar tape very well. It's winter so I can't speak to it's much comfort because its been to cold to get out too often. But I'm confident that it will be perfect come biking season!