Ritchey just released the new WCS VentureMax XL Handlebar, a flared and ergonomic bar that’s one of the widest on the market. Measuring 52cm at the hoods, their bar joins the growing number of flared drop bars that are aimed at bikepacking and rowdy gravel riding. Check out all the details here…

Posted by Miles Arbour

Ritchey’s new WCS VentureMax XL Handlebar is a wider take on their popular WCS VentureMax Handlebar. With a width of 52cm (64.7cm total width), the WCS VentureMax XL is a full 6cm wider than the standard version, positioning it for bikepacking or off-road riding that warrants some extra stability. Unlike the majority of flared drop bars on the market, the WCS VentureMax XL features an ergonomic (flattened) top with a 4.6° back sweep and Ritchey’s Bio-bend in the drop, which is touted to be both practical and comfortable when riding rough terrain.

  • Ritchey WCS VentureMAX XL
  • Ritchey WCS VentureMAX XL
  • Ritchey WCS VentureMAX XL
  • Ritchey WCS VentureMAX XL
  • Ritchey WCS VentureMAX XL

The bar is made from a triple-butted 7050 alloy, has drilling for a Shimano EW-RS910 junction box, and uses a standard 31.8mm clamp diameter. Check out the complete specs and tech drawing below:

  • Material: Triple-butted 7050 alloy
  • Width (from initial bend, not hood): 520mm
  • Drop: 102mm
  • Reach: 75mm
  • Flare: 24°
  • Backsweep: 4.6°
  • Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
  • Weight: 325g
  • Price: $99.95 USD
  • Manufacturer’s Details: US.RitcheyLogic.com
Ritchey WCS VentureMAX XL

The Ritchey WCS VentureMax XL Handlebar joins our growing list of Flared Drop Bars, which is worth checking it out if you haven’t seen it yet!