Easton EA70 XC Wide flat handlebar £45

More control, not a lot more weight

BikeRadar score 4/5

Easton were pioneers of lightweight butted aluminium tubing for bikes – both frames and bars. The EA70 is their flagship aluminium bar. It’s available in a bunch of sizes, but we tested the XC Wide variant.

As forks get longer and 29in wheels gain momentum, flat bars are making a comeback. The EA70’s 685mm (27in) width is generous for a flat bar although longer ones do exist, and it’s shorter than most risers. If it’s too wide you’ll have to do your own measuring to cut it down – there are no cut marks. 

Angle marks in the centre help get your riding position spot on. A shot-peened finish ensures good grip for stem and controls. The 250g weight may not look spectacular on paper, but given that the EA70 is a relatively inexpensive bar it’s not shabby.

Out on the trails, the 9° sweep and decent width make it comfortable for the long haul. It’s great value, too – considering the EA70’s quality and reputation, the low price is a pleasant surprise.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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