Big drop bars are finally coming on to the market! We are huge believers in “wider is better” for off-road use, as gravel bikes are being ridden more and more on singletrack it makes so much sense. Very happy to see one of our favourite shapes- the unique ergonomic Ventremax- getting wider.
Tom Ritchey has been riding off-road and riding far – and designing products for such adventures – decades before anyone thought to call it “gravel riding” or “bikepacking.” His real-life experiences directly inform every product made by Ritchey – such as the beloved VentureMax handlebar. With its short reach, shallow drop and purposeful flare, the original VentureMax offers comfort and confidence to legions of riders looking to settle in and have some fun on those dirty drop bar adventures.
Bikepacking adventures demand components that deliver unmatched comfort, practical features and logical design. Taking the idea of the original alloy WCS VentureMax to the next level, or rather width, the WCS VentureMax XL features all of the goodness of the original bar but widens it way up to a full 52cm. Appealing especially to the bikepacking community, the WCS VentureMax XL offers ergonomic tops for a more comfortable hand position, and the wider grip ensures more off-road control and stability when fully-loaded. Plus, there is plenty of real estate on either side of the stem for mounting accessories and bags. Additionally, the WCS VentureMax XL also features a 4.6° back sweep, aero-shaped 38×22.5mm tops, and drilling for a Shimano EW-RS910 junction box.
While the 52cm WCS VentureMax XL boasts a number of attributes including multiple hand positions, it’s the return of the Bio-bend in the drop adds yet another design element that is practical and comfortable for whatever surface you choose to ride upon and for however long your adventure endures.
- Broad 52cm width offers plenty of space for mounting accessories and bags
- The flattened 38×22.5mm top section provides a comfortable area for resting hands
- Width is measured at the initial bend rather than at the hood
- Material: Triple-butted 7050 alloy
- Bend Style: ergo bio-bend
- Top Style: flat
- Width: 520mm (measured at the initial bend rather than at the hood)
- Drop: 102mm
- Reach: 75mm
- Drop Flare: 24-degree
- Flare Out: 6-degree
- Back Sweep: 4.6-degree
- Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
- Accessory Mount Diameter: 31.8mm
- Di2 Cable Routing: yes
- Clip-On Compatible: yes
- Other Features: C260 compatible
- Weight: 325g
- Color: Blatte