Whenever the word Bio is used in product description, the first thing we think of is weird and nonconforming design. Not the case with Ritchey's Biomax Pro handlebar. While it is certainly unique and far different than any other handlebar design. The biomechanical ergonomically correct design works. These bars have a massive following of riders dedicated to the design and we sell plenty of them each and every season.
The Pro Biomax design features a 6° swept-back on top and 5° flare in the drops to provide a more natural hand position. It has the R50 (50° radius) bend where the tops bend to the brake/shift levers for more hand room. The drops have a noticeable "ergo bump" which fills the void in your palm for more comfortable riding and control when in the drops. Interesting to note, over the past few seasons, the Biomax has been 'found' by cyclocross riders for the outer flare in the drop section which provides improved stability by creating a wider platform.
These bars are made of 7075 T-6 heat treated, triple butted seamless alloy. They are ball burnished and black anodized for further strength. Simple Ritchey Pro and Biomax logos round out the package. The Biomax is available in 40cm-44cm widths and have a 31.8mm bar clamp diameter.
I was having some discomfort in my wrists and shoulders after long rides. I tried different positions, more upright stem, padded tape, etc. Nothing seemed to be effective. I received this bar as a birthday gift and after the first ride, I noticed a huge difference. It does what it's supposed to......no frills but bulletproof. Exactly what you expect from Ritchey!
Pros: Great feel, multiple hand positions, light
Cons: shallow drop (but Iam rarely ever in the drops)