The Easton EA70 AX Alloy Handlebar features a 16° flare at the drops for better stability when riding on gravel, dirt, and other rough terrain. Its top profile and 80 mm reach come directly from Easton's Maximum Contact Drop road bars for superior comfort, and the angle of the flare is the result of extensive development to ensure riders gain better control without compromising the position of the brakes and shifters for easy manipulation.
31.8 mm clamp diameter. Width measured center-to-center.
- EA70 alloy construction with Taperwall™ technology
- 16° flare
- 80 mm reach
- 120 mm drop
- Drops measure 68 mm wider than hoods
- Claimed weight is 290 g (42 cm)
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Great handlebar, good angle on drops without being too crazy flared like the cow bars and others.
I really like the bend in this bar at the levers, its not too aggressive like others, but it seems to be a happy medium. I had a Ritchey Evomax 12 degree bar before, this one is 16 degree I believe is a middle ground between the wider 20 and 24 degree bars out there. Also, the blacked out look is classy, and matches other Easton AX products like their AX70 wheels (which are really nice also for the money). I went with a 44mm bar instead of my standard 42 for road bikes, and it seems to be a good width, I could probably go 46mm but I do at least 50% road riding, so too wide is often a bit hard to handle at times on the road, plus it turns your body into a giant wind block, at least it feels that way. Get carbon if you can afford it, but the aluminum is good for me, especially if your rough at all with bars off road, just use cushion tape and gel pads if necessary (my hands get numb on long rides).
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