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Easton EC70 XC Wide Handlebar $0.00
You have to get down to get it up.
29er riders know the truth: A bigger wheel yields a longer footprint, and that gives the tire a lesser angle of attack to roll through trail chop rather than stall out between obstacles. But that bigger wheel size makes the front end of the bike taller, too, so it's tough to get downward leverage on the nose, especially during steep climbs. So Easton now offers the EC70 Wide Flat Handlebar. At 685mm it's the widest offering in Easton's non-gravity suite of bars, and you probably already know that width is a major advantage with a taller wheel, again because you need it to create leverage for both keeping the wheel on the ground during steep ascents, and to maintain truer tracking during cornering.
Width alone doesn't cut it though; You also want as flat a bar as possible, because a riser bar only moves you farther back in the cockpit, just the opposite of where you want to be parked to maintain control. Obviously then, just as the name would indicate, the Easton EC70 Wide Flat Handlebar is truly flat, but features a very gentle, 9° backsweep, to bring the bar slightly toward you.
For strength, the EC70 Wide Flat Handlebar is constructed using Easton's TaperWall technology. The company computer-maps a layup routine and automates the actual construction, so that every layer of carbon is precisely applied and is completely smooth, thereby eliminating any voids that can create flaws and weaknesses in the structure. This is especially critical in a handlebar, where the best layup is one that takes advantage of carbon's innate lightness and vibration damping, but is still reinforced heavily at the stem clamp since, in an especially wide bar like this one, the stem area would see even more stress than usual.
By the way, while wide, this Easton tiller isn't heavy -- it's merely 40g more than Easton's very lightest bar, the EC90.
The EC70 Wide Flat Handlebar is made of Easton's uni-directional carbon. It's 685mm long and comes in a black, carbon finish. It has a 9 degree backsweep and is only available with an oversized 31.8mm clamp diameter.
What community has to say
Light, strong...a little bit flexy
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got this handlebar for a rigid singlespeed. I was actually upgrading from a Easton EA70 flat bar so I knew I liked the width and sweep; it's really just right for XC duty (wide enough but not too wide). I've always had great experiences with Easton bars and this was no change.
It's as light as advertised and it's plenty strong, I do not fear breaking this thing. I've had an Easton carbon riser on another bike for three years and crashed a few times and nothing, so I have faith in that. This is no different, I have laid the bike down a couple times or clipped trees/rocks and no cracks or anything.
The thing is, unlike that carbon riser, this bar is a little flexy. Just holding the bar and trying to bend it with my hands I can get a couple millimeters of deflection. I'm not sure if it's a bug or a feature, though; I noticed that it smoothed out the ride a lot on my rigid bike, the ride is much more comfortable over the same terrain now. I don't notice the deflection while riding and standing out of the saddle and really cranking the bars as happens with singlespeeding. So if you want a super stiff bar this may not be for you, but for me it was perfect for my rigid SS because it's a little "soft" but not excessively so.
My friend has a Crankbrothers carbon flat bar and it flexes about the same amount, so maybe it's supposed to do that?
I ride with 3 guys that have snapped this bar, me being one of them today and I use a torque wrench and carbon assembly paste. caution.
Is this bar compatible with bar ends?
Is this bar compatible with bar ends?