Much as a stem can be flipped to change handlebar level, the Ritchey 2X bar can be flipped between a positive or negative 5mm height, for discerning cross-country or trail riders who want the option of a lower bar height or a minor rise.
Ritchey offer this bar in an array of variations. We tested the mid-level, double-butted aluminium Pro version, which features the same dimensions as the other 2X models, and a blend of affordability and performance. At 272g it’s no flyweight, but there are a handful of lighter variants in the company’s lineup if money is less of an object.
The bar’s roomy 720mm width and negative rise position were perfectly suited to our 29er race bike, placing us that little bit lower than our previous flat bar. With a 9-degree back sweep we felt right at home. At full width the bar felt confidently stiff, but cutting guides are provided if you prefer something narrower.
The 2X solves the bar height problem many 29er riders experience
A handlebar designed around a wheel size isn’t a brand new idea. As the 29er format has gained greater acceptance, wide, flat bars have grown in popularity. If you’re unhappy with your current bar and want a tweaked position, the 2X is a worthy purchase.
Note: The Ritchey 2X series of handlebars is available in Australia through KOBiE International. The Pro version retails for AUD$79.99.