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Easton EC70 XC Riser Handlebar $0.00
A long time running, er ... riding.
Better suspension technology is allowing longer travel full-suspension bikes to go faster than ever, but you need a bar that can keep up. Easton's EC70 Carbon Handlebar is wide, at 685mm (30mm wider than the outgoing EC70), so it allows greater cornering leverage. And there are two rises, 20mm and 40mm; depending on your setup this could help you use fewer spacers if you're the ride-all-day kind of trail/all-mountain cyclist, or you can roll with the low-rise if your M.O. is more attack-focused.
Obviously, the other benefit of the EC70 Carbon Handlebar has to do with the material. Nothing damps vibration as well as carbon, and no manufacturer is more experienced with the stuff than Easton. They've been working with carbon fiber for two decades. Here they use TaperWall shaping to pare away all extraneous material and to keep the bar as light as possible while reinforcing high stress joints, such as where a riser bar bends.
All models of the EC70 Carbon Handlebar are made with Easton's EC70 Carbon. Both the 20mm and 40mm rise models feature a 9° backsweep and a 5° upsweep and are available in Matte Carbon.
Reviews & Community
You'll get precise handling in tight situations. Not for the faint hearted!
I was leery about carbon fiber handle bars because I had no experience with the material. The first time I test rode a bike that had an EC70 on it, I couldn't tell that the handle bar was not steel. I also did not know that it was about 2" wider than the handle bar on my other bike. When I leaned forward to go up a hill, the EC70 did not flex. The extra width gave me more precise steering. I now own an EC70 and I highly recommend buying one.
This came equipped on my Yeti and I was initially wary of using a carbon bar as I tend to ride pretty rough: hitting kickers, drops and hopping over things unnecessarily. While I can't recommend it for freeride or extreme all-mountain (for lack of experience with it there) I can say it has held up extremely well under my own personal abuse.
Days ago I cut them narrower, which proved to be a mistake (took a little too much off) and found myself looking for a new bar. After deliberating between this and the Crank Bro's Cobalt 11's, I've decided to order a second set - if that says anything about these bars.
I bought these to raise my arms since the fork was cut too low from the previous owner on my Chumba VF2 and these are waaaay cheaper than a new shock which works perfectly anyway. Since these were 2" wider than my current bars, I was initially a little leery a wider bar would catch on branches when things got tight. So far, not the case. The handling improvement was much better than I expected easier to target and aim the bike in the tight stuff. These were also 20 grams Lighter than my 2" shorter FST carbon bars. Glad I got em.