Posted by Logan Watts
Melbourne, Australia-based Curve Cycling recently announced the Walmer Bar, an extra wide off-road specific drop handlebar. According to Curve, there wasn’t a handlebar on the market that was the right width or shape, so they decided to make their own. Originally intended to pair with the GMX drop-bar 29er, the Walmer Bar aims to combine the stability and control offered by mountain bike bars with the multiple hand positions of drop bars. It’s not the first ultra-wide bar on the market—the Crust Towel Rack has that claim—but it’s the widest in the drops at 750mm. And, with a unique sway and profile, the Walmer Bar looks to offer another take on the theme.
The Walmer Bar is named after a narrow pedestrian/cycle bridge on the Yarra River in Melbourne. According to Curve, “There’s little room for anything else if Walmer Bars are crossing.” The Walmer Bar comes in four widths: 460, 500, 550, and 600mm (at the hoods— 610, 650, 700, 750 at the drops). Each features 7° of sweep in the flat section, which shortens the reach to the hoods and counteracts the wide grip. The Walmer Bar is constructed from Curve 6066 alloy with a 31.8mm clamp and retails for $189AUD (about $129USD). Find out more over at CurveCycling.com.