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Easton Havoc 35 Carbon Handlebar $0.00
Bad ass. Plain and simple.
We won’t make any lame ‘raising the bar’ puns. We’re just to cool for that. The Easton Havoc 35 Carbon has, however, set a new standard with these three numbers: 35, 225, and 800. These are numbers that we knew could be achieved separately, but not all together in one lovely piece of carbon fiber.
Firstly and most importantly—35. As in 35mm clamp. This new, larger clamp size adds strength and stiffness to compensate for the added leverage of a wide DH handlebar. In other words, wider is weaker unless the clamp is beefed up. Can you imagine snapping a handlebar on a gnarly section of DH singletrack? Not pretty.
Secondly—225. As in grams. That’s not a typo. Careful manipulation of the carbon fiber makes it possible for Easton to make a wide, oversized DH bar weigh, incredibly, less than half a pound. Easton claims that this is the strongest, stiffest bar in the business, and we have no reason to doubt that.
Thirdly—800. That’s 800mm wide. That’s really wide. For years now, DH riders have known that wide bars add stability and steering leverage. The payoff is huge, especially in technical sections where the bike has to be punched around in a hurry.
So, lighter, stronger, stiffer … you’re probably wondering about the drawback. It’s $1,000,000. No, not really. The Easton Havoc 35 Carbon has a 9 degree bend, 5 degree upsweep, and 20mm rise. The clamp diameter is 35mm, and it comes in any color you want, as long as you want black.
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Big, fat, and light
- Familiarity:I've used it several times
Easton's carbon handlebars are all great products, and this one is no exception. I run these bars on my all-mountain bike. I'm a little taller than the average bear so the 800mm width fits me perfectly, others might find it too wide for non-downhill applications. It's stiff, wide, and light, everything you want in a handlebar and nothing you don't. Dampens vibrations on a par with my carbon Haven bar. The downside to the new Havoc bars is that I no longer trust the 31.8mm Haven handlebars on my cross-country bike because they look so skinny compared to this 35mm monstronsity. My only real complaint is that there is only one stem in the world that is compatible with this bar, and that stem only comes in one length (50mm ). At the moment, you are out of luck if, like me, you prefer running a longer stem. Hopefully other manufacturers follow suit and we'll start seeing other 35mm stems soon.