Easton Haven riser bar review£70.00

Low and aggressive in feel

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This tough but lightweight trail bar uses Easton’s metalworking experience to full effect. While weight is identical to the company's MonkeyLite bars, the Taperwall alloy construction is extended to a 28in width for trail control. The extra 21mm costs you a tenner.

A shot-peened centre section adds stem grip while rotation marks keep centring accurate. The outer edge graphics get scuffed up quickly if you shuffle control and bar clamps about, which can spoil the looks unless you’re careful. There are no cut marks on the tips either.

On the bike the 20mm rise keeps it low and aggressive in feel while the nine-degree backsweep works whether you’re a cruiser or an elbows-out attacker. The Taperwall progressive butting means there’s no sting or wrist fatigue on longer rides, with the extra leverage of the increased width offsetting the fact it flexed more than the MonkeyLite on our deflection test rig.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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